Asian stocks fell last week amid concern instability in the Middle East and North Africa may derail a global economic rebound, reversing gains the previous week on signs the recovery was strengthening.
Output of natural rubber from so-called key producing countries is forecast to grow 4.8 percent to 9.77 million metric tons in 2011, the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries said in a monthly bulletin. The group's members account for 92 percent of global production.
China's authorities are preparing for overseas companies wishing to float shares in China's A-share market. Foreign players are expected to list on the Shanghai international board in the second half of this year.
Hong Kong stocks went up 411.33 points, or 1.82 percent, to close at 23,012.37 on Friday.
China's stock index futures closed up Friday with the contract for March, the most actively traded, up 0.64 percent from the previous trading day to end at 3,214.6 points.
The ChiNext Index, launched by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) on June 1, 2010, fell 6.85 points, or 0.62 percent, to close at 1,095.1 Friday.
Chinese shares closed mixed Friday with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.04 points, or 0.00 percent, to end at 2,878.57.
Palm oil tumbled to the lowest in almost three months on expectation that output in Malaysia may grow this year and on speculation unrest in Libya and the Middle East may continue.
Stocks on the Chinese mainland rose for a second day as surging oil prices boosted the earnings outlook for energy producers and airlines gained on prospects for increased infrastructure investment from the government.
Hong Kong stocks went down 305. 86 points, or 1.34 percent, to close at 22,601.04 on Thursday.
The ChiNext Index, launched by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) on June 1, 2010, fell 12.10 points, or 1.09 percent, to 1,101.95 Thursday.