Japan +0.56%. Shares advanced on Friday, taking cues from gain in U.S. futures. Tokyo also lowered its coronavirus alert as COVID-19 cases continue to trend down.
Hong Kong +0.42%.
U.S. stock futures are trading higher. Dow +0.62%; Nasdaq +0.63%; S&P +0.66%.
Oil prices were lower in the afternoon of Asian trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures down around 0.4% to $39.89/barrel. U.S. crude futures also shed 0.35% to $37.17/barrel.
The big tech firm shares in U.S. fell again overnight on growing doubts about U.S. stimulus and worries about their stretched valuations.
Meanwhile, U.S. lawmakers remain far apart on a fresh relief bill and tensions between Washington and Beijing are simmering.
Also, gold edged lower, down 0.3% at $1,947.41 per ounce, after hitting its best level since September 2 at $1,965.94.
Investors now await British GDP data and U.S. inflation numbers due later in the day.
Previously: Market support evaporates late; Nasdaq ends down 2% (Sept. 10)