Markets in Asia finished the session mostly higher on Friday as investors digested the release of China trade data. U.S. inflation and retail sales data are also due just ahead of the trading day stateside.
Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.96 percent, or 200.46 points, to close at 21,155.18 after touching a fresh 21-year high earlier in the session. Retail names gained although automakers recorded slight declines: Fast Retailing soared 5.58 percent, Seven & I Holdings rose 2.78 percent and Toyota closed down 0.4 percent.
Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi closed down 0.05 percent at 2,473.62. Tech stocks were mixed after Samsung indicated it was on track for record profits, while retailers and cosmetic plays rallied: Shinsegae closed up 5.59 percent and Amorepacific surged 6.48 percent.
Down Under, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.34 percent to close at 5,814.2. The telecommunications sub-index led gains on the index, rising 0.76 percent on the day.
Greater China markets were higher as investors digested trade data released Friday. The Hang Seng Index added 0.05 percent by 3:15 p.m. HK/SIN. On the mainland, the Shanghai Composite ended 0.16 percent higher at 3,391.5377 while the Shenzhen Composite tacked on 0.665 percent to close at 2,036.8060.
China September exports in dollar terms rose 8.1 percent compared to one year ago while imports increased 18.7 percent in the same period, Reuters said. The rise in imports topped economist estimates while the increase in exports came just short. Still, the exports increase in September was higher than the 5.5 percent seen in August.
Additionally, the country's trade surplus in dollar terms came in at its lowest levels since March, according to Reuters.