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Asian indices traded higher on Friday, taking positive cues from Wall Street overnight, but trading remained light as investors await possible clues about interest rates at an annual meeting of central bankers in Jackson Hole.
U.S. stocks climbed on Thursday, as investors embraced upbeat economic reports before Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen talks about the labor market in Jackson Hole at 2200 SIN/HK.
Returning to its perch above 17,000 for the first time since July 29, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.4 percent. The S&P 500 finished at 1,992.37, up 0.3 percent, for its 28th record finish this year. After wavering on either side of neutral, the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 0.1 percent.
Tokyo falls 0.3%
A weak yen lost its luster on Friday as Japan's benchmark Nikkei index broke a 9-day winning streak to dip below the flatline. Trade was subdued as investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of Yellen's speech.
"The Nikkei's rally has stalled, along with the dollar-yen as it consolidates near the 104 mark. It's clear the pair and the index are both waiting for a catalyst and we are unlikely to see any big moves until Janet Yellen's speech," IG's market strategist Stan Shamu wrote in a note.
Among gainers, pharmaceutical firm Shionogi held steady at a 2 percent gain while Shinsei Bank advanced 1 percent after the Nikkei business daily said the lender is planning to bid for Citigroup's Japanese retail bank operations.
Sydney up 0.1%
Australia's benchmark S&P ASX 200 index eked out modest gains on Friday to extend gains into the seventh session as investors continue to digest earnings results.
Oil and gas producer Santos advanced nearly 4 percent after beating forecasts with a 3 percent rise in first-half core profit.
Mineral sands miner Iluka Resources scaled 3.4 percent despite reporting a nearly 70 percent fall in full-year net profit on Friday. Atlas Iron was one of the worst performers on the bourse, tanking over 8 percent after announcing a one-off charge of 25 million Australian dollars on plans to divest its Shaw River Manganese interest.
Mainland shares up
China's Shanghai Composite Index reversed losses to close up 0.5 percent.
The outperformer for the session was pharmaceutical firm Baiyunshan, which rallied 8.5 percent. Fosun Pharmaceutical also climbed nearly 2 percent. Smaller lenders were on a roll; Hua Xia Bank and Merchants Bank rallied over 1 percent each.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index recouped one-third of Thursday's steep losses by trading 0.3 percent higher.
Li & Fung was in focus after reporting a 9 percent drop in interim operating profits; its shares plunged over 4 percent on Friday.
China's largest cement maker Anhui Conch gained 0.7 percent after posting a strong 60.3 percent rise in second quarter net profit.
Seoul adds 0.6%
South Korea's key Kospi index finished higher on Friday.
Hyundai Motor remained on the watchlist as its union workers prepare to stage a partial strike later today. Shares of the carmaker overlooked the widely-expected news to trade 0.2 percent higher.
Mobile operators are also in the spotlight after being found guilty of flouting rules governing handset subsidies yet again. Apart from a 58 billion won fine, SK Telecom has been slapped with a one-week sales bans. Shares of the telco reversed early losses to rise 0.4 percent.
LG Electronics plummeted 2.7 percent despite news that it may be launching a new high end smartphone as early as October.
Southeast Asia markets eyed
Political developments put Indonesian and Thai shares on the radar of investors.
Indonesia's highest court on Thursday unanimously upheld last month's presidential election result, paving the way for Joko Widodo to take over as leader of the world's third largest democracy. After opening at a 15-month high, the Jakarta Composite index closed 0.1 percent lower on Friday.