Asian indices fell on Friday as U.S. stock markets and others around the world were closed to end a trading week shortened by Good Friday and other holidays.
Along with U.S. stock markets, bond and commodity markets were also closed on Friday. Some Asian markets were open. Japan’s Nikkei 225 ended the day down 0.3%, ending the week up 0.4% to snap a two-week losing streak. The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.4%, ending the week down 1.25%. The People’s Bank of China on Friday eased a key constraint on bank lending while leaving benchmark interest rates unchanged.