Asian equities followed Wall Street higher early Thursday, but caution remained the overall sentiment ahead of the release of key data from around the region.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 index continued on its up-climb, after rising 2.7 percent on Wednesday. Among gainers, heavyweight components SoftBank and Fanuc gained more than 2 percent each. Banking shares also gained ground, with Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group climbing nearly 2 percent each. Nikon led gains among exporters, up 3 percent in early trade, while Panasonic and Sony rose 2.2 and 2.7 percent respectively.