Asian equities closed higher in Thursday's afternoon session, boosted by a positive reaction from Wall Street overnight to the release of Federal Reserve's October meeting minutes that signaled a likely interest rate hike in December.
U.S. markets all ended in positive territory, with the Nasdaq Composite outperforming to close 1.79 percent or 89.19 points higher. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 247.66 points or 1.42 percent higher while the S&P 500 finished 1.62 percent or 33.14 points up.
The Federal Open Market Committee's October minutes showed most members felt that economic conditions for a rate hike would be met by the next time the committee met in December. This was despite continued volatility being seen across global markets as a result of geopolitical issues, dampened commodity prices and an economic slowdown in China.
Investors also appeared to have taken the latest developments in France in their stride, after a police raid in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis, which lasted nearly six hours, resulted in the arrests of more suspects linked to the deadly terror attacks last Friday.