Financial markets were mostly closed in Asia on Wednesday for holidays after Wall Street ended a wobbly trading session with meager gains.
Australia’s S&P ASX 200 rose 0.8% on Wednesday to 6,377.10 after ANZ reported a 2% increase in its profit, kicking off the earnings season for the country’s Big Four banks. New Zealand’s benchmark fell 0.6%.
On Wall Street, the S&P 500 rose 0.1%, to 2,945.83, while Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.1% to 26,592.91.
The Nasdaq, which is heavily weighted with technology companies, fell 0.8% to 8,095.39. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks dropped 0.4% to 1,591.21.
Major indexes in Europe finished mostly higher.
Benchmark U.S. crude gave up 63 cents to $63.28 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Brent crude, the international standard, lost 48 cents to $71.58 per barrel. It added 1.1% to close at $72.80 per barrel in the previous session.
The dollar rose to 111.48 Japanese yen from 111.42 yen late Tuesday.
The euro strengthened to $1.1217 from $1.1215.