Asia markets closed higher on Wednesday, after a rise in oil prices powered gains in U.S. equities overnight and China trade data, released this morning, showed exports climbed in March.
Australia's ASX 200 added 79.05 points, or 1.59 percent, to 5,054.70, boosted by advances in the heavily-weighted financials subindex, up 1.84 percent. The energy and materials subindexes were also up 2.57 and 3.35 percent respectively.
Chinese mainland markets also advanced, with the Shanghai composite closing up 43.54 points, or 1.44 percent, at 3,067.19, and the Shenzhen composite ending higher by 26.82 points, or 1.38 percent, at 1,962.43. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index advanced 3.19 percent, or 654.27 points, to 21,158.71.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 finished higher by 452.43 points, or 2.84 percent, at 16,381.22, buoyed by relative weakness in the yen against the dollar. The dollar/yen pair traded at 108.81 as of 3:25 p.m. HK/SIN time, advancing from 108.53 in the previous session.
Markets in South Korea and Thailand are closed today.