Japan +1.53%. Bank of Japan statement and Outlook Report due some time in the 0230 to 0330 GMT time window.
Japan data – Industrial Production (preliminary for March) +0.3% m/m (expected 0.5%).
Japan data – Retail Trade for March +0.9% y/y (expected 0.4%).
China -0.45% China forecasts airplane trips to be down 77% on the May Day holiday compared to last year.
Hong Kong +0.60%
Australia +1.14%. Australia Q1 export prices +18.0% q/q (expected 3.7%) & import prices +5.1% (3.4%).
Overnight on Wall Street, Dow Jones climbed 61.75 points, or 0.19%, to 33,301.93, S&P 500 gained 0.21% to 4,183.96, while Nasdaq little changed at 12,488.93.
New Zealand business confidence (April) -42.0 (vs. prior -41.9) & activity +8.0 (+3.3).
Oil prices saw modest gains on Wednesday despite a soaring U.S. dollar, which makes barrels more expensive and coronavirus outbreaks in China clouded the economic outlook in the world’s biggest importer of crude oil.
Gold slipped to a more than two-month trough on Wednesday as the dollar rallied on expectations of aggressive monetary policy tightening by the U.S. Federal Reserve.
U.S. futures higher. Dow Jones +0.29%; S&P 500 +0.82%; Nasdaq +1.39%.