Asian shares mostly higher after S&P record high

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares are mostly higher in Asia after a mixed close on Wall Street, where gains for several Big Tech stocks nudged the S&P 500 to a second record high in three days. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index declined Thursday as a resurgence in coronavirus cases undermined confidence in a recovery from the pandemic. Markets have been steadying in recent days as investors become cautiously optimistic about the economic recovery. Vaccine distribution has been ramping up and President Joe Biden has bumped up his deadline for states to make doses available to all adults by April 19. Bond yields rose.