United States stocks indices mostly inched higher. In Wall Street, the Nasdaq ended trade at a lower level for the fourth straight session since worries regarding imminent rate hikes remained. The tech-heavy index fell 0.11 percent to conclude trading at 7,210.09. In Chicago, Nikkei futures dropped 0.08 percent to 21,720 while Osaka futures were down by 0.21 percent closing at 21,690.
Japan’s Nikkei .N225 was up by 0.07 percent to 21752.37 points. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index was mainly flat; the SSE composite also kept flat. Korea's KOSPI edged higher to 2431.94, gaining 0.73 percent or 17.66 points. Meanwhile in Australia, the S&P ASX 200 went higher by 0.23 percent during early trade.
The dollar weakened following the release of the Federal Reserve minutes on Wednesday. The dollar index was traded at 89.742 at 6:35 am HK/SIN, down from an overnight high of 90.235. The dollar was traded at 106.74 versus the Yen, under the 107 mark last seen during the mid week.
In the energy sector, oil prices reached their highest level in two years during the overnight session following an unexpected drop in U.S. crude stocks. United States WTI futures finished 1.8 percent higher at $62.77 a barrel while Brent crude futures gained 1.5 percent to close at $66.39.