BEIJING (AP) - Japanese stocks rose and Chinese markets declined Monday as Asian traders returned to work following the Christmas break.

BEIJING (AP) Japanese stocks rose and Chinese markets declined Monday as Asian traders returned to work following the Christmas break.

KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index added 0.2 percent to 18,807.84 while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.1 percent to 3,625.03. Hong Kong's Hang Seng retreated 0.4 percent to 22,042.77 and Sydney's S&P/ASX 200 advanced 1.3 percent to 5,207.60. Seoul's Kospi shed 0.8 percent to 1,973.73. New Zealand, Taiwan and Singapore also advanced.

WALL STREET: Stocks closed lower Thursday in light Christmas Eve trading. The energy component of the Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 0.9 percent, the most of its 10 industry sectors. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 0.3 percent and the S&P 500 declined 0.2 percent. The Nasdaq composite lost less than 0.1 percent. The S&P 500 ended the week up nearly 3 percent and is back into positive territory for the year.

ANALYST'S TAKE: Trading "easing off into thin holiday markets should not lull one into complacency," said Mizuho Bank in a report. "Watch for renewed momentum in 2016!"

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude shed 23 cents to $38.87 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Thursday, the contract gained 60 cents to close at $38.10. Brent crude, which is used to price international oils, lost 12 cents to $37.77 per barrel in London. In the previous session, the contract rose 53 cents to close at $37.89.

CURRENCY: The dollar gained to 120.39 yen from 120.43 yen. The euro advanced to $1.0980 from $1.0976.