Most Asia markets advanced in Thursday trade as markets parsed through Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's comments, with several indexes hitting record highs in the session.
The Nikkei 225 closed just above the flat line, up 0.01 percent or 1.43 points, at 20,099.81. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 surged 1.11 percent, or 62.969 points, at 5,736.8, led by gains in the health care sub-index.
The South Korean benchmark Kospi index advanced 0.74 percent, or 17.72 points, to end at 2,409.49 after the Bank of Korea announced it was keeping base rates steady at 1.25 percent. The Kospi hit a record high when it touched 2,422.26 earlier in the session.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index jumped 1.04 percent to hold near two-year highs at 3:15 p.m. HK/SIN.
Mainland China markets were mixed following the release of trade data. The Shanghai Composite closed up 0.67 percent, or 21.4934 points, at 3,219.0373. The Shenzhen Composite firmed after the news but edged down 0.04 percent, or 0.7497 points, to end at 1,888.6975.
Positive sentiment in Asia flowed over to India markets too, with the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex index touching the 32,000 level for the first time in early trade. The BSE stood at 32,023.43 at 3:16 p.m. HK/SIN.