Asian stocks held steady Thursday, while US equity futures rose after the S&P 500 set a new high, boosted by the Fed's pledge to maintain accommodative policy.
Japanese stocks fell on fears that Tokyo would take tougher measures to combat rising infections, while Australia outperformed. Hong Kong and China experienced volatility. US equity futures rose after the S&P 500 rose, despite dwindling volume on US exchanges. Apple and other tech titans aided in the Nasdaq 100's rise. The dollar maintained its gains, and treasuries remained stable.
As of 10:50 AM in Tokyo, S&P 500 futures were up 0.3%.
The Topix Index in Japan was down 0.8%.
The S&P/ASX 200 Index in Australia increased by 1%.
The Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong rose 0.6%.
The Shanghai Composite Index in China dropped 0.3%.
The yen increased 0.1% to 109.74 per dollar.
The offshore yuan was trading at 6.5518 per dollar.
The euro was unchanged at $1.1868.
The yield on 10-Yr treasuries has remained stable at about 1.67%.
The 10-Yr bond yield in Australia fell by around one basis point to 1.73%.
WTI Crude dropped 0.6% to $59.42 per barrel.
The price of gold was $1,737 per ounce.