Asia markets climbed across the board on Thursday, as uncertainties surrounding key monetary policy decisions came to a close, following Wednesday's announcements from the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan (BOJ).
Australia's ASX 200 closed up 34.94 points, or 0.65 percent, at 5,374.50, with most sectors finishing higher. The energy sector advanced 2.10 percent, materials was up 2.63 percent and the heavily-weighted financial sector was flat.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index briefly touched a session high of 24,058.65 before paring some of the gains to trade up 0.56 percent at 23,801.67 as of 3:10 p.m. HK/SIN.
Mainland markets in China also gained, with the Shanghai composite closing up 16.81 points, or 0.56 percent, at 3,042.68, while the Shenzhen composite added 12.56 points, or 0.62 percent, to 2,018.16.
The Japanese market, which climbed nearly 2 percent on Wednesday following the Bank of Japan's (BOJ) decision to overhaul its monetary policy framework, was closed Thursday for a public holiday.