Global Stocks Mostly Higher Wednesday

TOKYO (AP) -- Global indexes were mostly higher Wednesday in quiet holiday trading after oil prices erased some recent gains. Market players generally shrugged off a dip in technology stocks on Wall Street.

KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 rose 0.3 percent in early trading to 5,382.68, while Germany's DAX gained nearly 0.4 percent to 13,120.63. Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.3 percent at 7,612.69. U.S. shares were also set to climb, with Dow futures inching up less than 0.1 percent to 24,799. S&P 500 futures added nearly 0.1 percent to 2,689.60.

ASIA'S DAY: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up nearly 0.1 percent to finish at 22,911.21, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was virtually unchanged at 6,069.90. South Korea's Kospi added 0.4 percent to 2,436.67. Hong Kong's Hang Seng inched 0.1 percent higher to 29,597.66. The Shanghai Composite index lost 0.9 percent to 3,275.78.

APPLE FACTOR: Apple slid 2.5 percent on Wall Street overnight amid speculation the consumer electronics giant might cut its targets for sales of its latest iPhone. A Taiwanese newspaper reported iPhone X sales targets may get cut amid weak sales, but that already had been largely figured in for Asian trading.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude dropped 20 cents to $59.77 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It gained $1.50 to $59.97 overnight. Brent crude, which is used to price international oils, slipped 45 cents to $66.01 per barrel.

CURRENCIES: The dollar fell slightly to 113.20 yen from 113.30 yen late Tuesday. The euro strengthened to $1.1872 from $1.1859.