The Nikkei is up 32 points today in Tokyo.
On Wall Street, the Dow rose 32 points Thursday.
The Nasdaq dropped 16.
Some important economic news comes out later today when the government releases its monthly survey of job openings and labor turnover.
Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages have fallen for the second straight week.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for the 30-year loan declined to 4.21 percent this week, from 4.29 percent last week.
The average for the 15-year mortgage fell to 3.32 percent from 3.38 percent.
Britain's Barclays has announced it's cutting thousands of jobs. The investment bank which has operations in both New York and London and employed 26,000 people last year--plans to shed 7,000 jobs, by 2016.
Barclays chief executive says the recent halt in the trading boom, and tighter regulations are a couple of factors that contributed to the cuts.
Barclay's has not said how many jobs will be cut in the U.S.
Burger King is adding burgers--to its breakfast menu. Whoppers, cheeseburgers - even french fries, and apple pies will now be available in the morning.
A rep from Burger King says more than 5,000 locations will participate in the program, which the company began rolling out earlier this month.
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