Asian shares mixed

SINGAPORE, Asian markets were mixed on Tuesday, AP reported.

Japan's Nikkei 225, reopening after a national holiday, jumped 1.5 percent to 23,448.97. The Kospi in South Korea added 0.1 percent to 2,304.29. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dropped 0.7 percent to 26,735.28. The Shanghai Composite index added 0.1 percent to 2,653.70. Australia's S and P/ASX 200 shed 0.4 percent to 6,160.20. Stocks fell in Southeast Asia.

Benchmark U.S. crude dropped 29 cents to $68.62 a barrel on Tuesday. The contract lost 0.1 percent to settle at $68.91 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gave up 50 cents to $77.55 a barrel. It dropped 0.1 percent to $78.05 a barrel in London.

The dollar rose to 111.98 yen from 111.18 yen. The euro strengthened to $1.1691 from $1.686.

Source: Saudi Press Agency