The Japanese government has instructed the exchange to identify the cause of the technical issue, Reuters reported Thursday. Meanwhile, the S&P/ASX 200 in Australia gained 0.98% to close at 5,872.90. Elsewhere, Singapore’s Straits Times index rose 1.31%, as of about 3:12 p.m. local time. The Nifty 50 in India also advanced more than 1%. Overall, the MSCI Asia ex-Japan index was 0.54% higher. Markets in China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan were closed on Thursday for holidays.
On the economic data front, the headline large manufacturers index in the Bank of Japan’s quarterly tankan business sentiment survey came in at minus 27, against expectations of a minus 23 reading in a Reuters poll. Still, that was better than the minus 34 reading in June.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 93.621 in a week that has seen it decline from levels above 94.2. The Japanese yen traded at 105.48 per dollar after seeing levels above 105.6 against the greenback yesterday. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.719 following its rise yesterday from levels below $0.715. Oil prices were higher in the afternoon of Asian trading hours. Brent crude futures were up 0.14% at $42.36 per barrel. U.S. crude futures were above the flatline at $40.23 per barrel.