Asian equities bucked the trend on Wall Street overnight and finished strongly even as investors continue to mull a likely interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve in December.
U.S. markets closed in the red on Thursday but were still up on the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 4.41 points or 0.02 percent lower to finish at 17,732.75. The S&P 500 closed down 2.34 points, or 0.11 percent, at 2,081.24, dragged lower by the healthcare sector. The Nasdaq closed down 1.56 points, or 0.03 percent, at 5,073.64.