European share prices are mostly higher in midday trading Friday .
London's Financial Times index is up 28 points at 5,000.
The CAC-40 in Paris is 42 points higher at 4,019, and the DAX index in Frankfurt is up 43 points at 4,347.
The S&P futures contract is up a point and a half, indicating a higher opening for U.S. stocks.
Tokyo's Nikkei index rose 127 points to close at 11,658.
Hong Kong's key index, the Hang Seng, gained 96 points to finish at 14,157.
The price of gold in London is 432 dollars, 40 cents an ounce, down 10 cents from late Thursday.
The dollar in London is mixed against other major currencies.