Asian markets ended mostly higher, with major indexes extending their week-long rallies, while trading in Singapore's securities market was halted due to a system glitch.
Singapore's Straits Times Index was down 0.13 percent in mid-morning trade, before trading was halted.
The Singapore Exchange (SGX) said in a statement the securities market was "put in adjust phase at 1138 hours due to duplicate trade confirmation messages being generated." The stock exchange operator said duplicate trades were not executed and the market remained "orderly."
The SGX had said trading would resume at 2 p.m. HK/SIN, then pushed that back to 4 p.m. HK/SIN, before saying the market will not re-open on Thursday.
Elsewhere, in Australia, the benchmark ASX 200 closed up 23.06 points, or 0.43 percent, at 5,411.60, tacking on a 3.46 percent gain for the week.
Japan's Nikkei 225 was the standout performer, adding a gain of 8.46 percent for the week, after closing up 154.46 points, or 0.95 percent, at 16,385.89. The Topix closed up 10.90 points, or 0.84 percent, at 1,311.16.
Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi closed up 3.22 points, or 0.16 percent, at 2,008.77, retracing losses of some 0.2 percent. The South Korean benchmark index is up 2.32 percent for the week.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index closed up 238.69 points, or 1.12 percent, at 21,561.06. Chinese mainland markets closed mixed, with the Shanghai composite down 6.77 points, or 0.22 percent, at 3,053.91, while the Shenzhen composite finished up 3.2 points, or 0.16 percent, at 2,044.93.
Overnight, U.S. stocks closed near flat but still managed to make it further into record territory.
Markets have rebounded in recent sessions on the expectation of further stimulus measures in Japan and in the UK. But analysts cautioned that if the expectations are not met by policy actions on the part of governments and central banks, market sentiment may be affected.
"In recent days risk sentiment has been buoyed by the expectation of further stimulus and the lack of new news overnight appears to have taken the wind out the market's sails," Rodrigo Catril, a currency strategist at the National Australia Bank, said in a morning note. He added that unless stimulus expectations were backed up with actions, the risk of disappointment would start to rise.
In Japan, stocks had rebounded and the yen weakened against the dollar amid expectations that a double-bazooka of fiscal and monetary easing was on the cards following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's landslide victory in upper house elections over the weekend.
But Catril cautioned, "There is still no clarity on the size, type and timing of fiscal and monetary stimulus in Japan."
The dollar/yen currency pair traded at 105.41 on Thursday afternoon local time, compared to levels near 100 touched in the previous week. Japanese export stocks finished mixed, with Toyota shares up 0.36 percent, Honda down 1.39 percent and Sony adding 2.86 percent.
Elsewhere, Nintendo shares were up 15.9 percent to 25,300 yen per share on the back of the limited global launch of the hugely popular mobile game, "Pokemon Go."
In Singapore, government data showed the economy grew at a slower-than-expected pace in the second quarter, according to Reuters. Singapore's Q2 gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 0.8 percent on quarter on an annualized and seasonally adjusted basis, a touch lower than the 0.9 percent predicted by a Reuters poll.
"We remain cautious on Singapore's growth," said Weiwen Ng, an economist at ANZ. "The risk of external weakness spilling into domestic activity...will continue to be a drag on the labor market, muting both growth and inflation outlook."
"Policy support needs to step up to counteract the waning momentum in domestic activity as well as the absence of an external-led demand," said Ng.
The Singapore dollar had a muted reaction to the GDP numbers, briefly touching $1.3479 after the release of the numbers, before falling back to its pre-release levels near $1.3454.
South Korea's central bank kept its base rate on hold at 1.25 percent, sending the Korean won slightly higher. Before the decision, the won traded as low as 1147.45 against the dollar; since the decision, it strengthened as much as 1135.79 before pulling back to 1136.38.
In its policy statement, the Bank of Korea said it will continue to monitor external conditions including the effects of Brexit and monetary policies of major countries, implying it might have to cut rates in the coming months if conditions deteriorate.