Tokyo stocks were almost flat in opening trade Friday after US central bank chief Janet Yellen reiterated her hopeful-but-watchful view on the economy, lifting US stocks but keeping the dollar in check.
Hong Kong stocks climbed 0.43 percent by the break on Friday after three days of losses as investors look ahead to next week’s US Federal Reserve policy meeting.
Tokyo shares were flat in opening trade on Friday, weighed down by a stronger yen and lingering concerns over the US economy.
The dollar rose against the yen in Asia Friday on optimism that talks between President Barack Obama and Republicans will end in a deal to raise the US debt ceiling before the government runs out of money.
Hong Kong stocks rose 0.23 percent in early Friday trade after US shares fell for a second consecutive day following disappointing earnings reports.