Stocks in Asia were mixed on Thursday, with U.S.-China trade hopes up as negotiations are set to continue.
Japan's Nikkei 225 slipped 0.59 percent to close at 20,751.28 while the Topix declined 0.83 percent to finish its trading day at 1,569.03 as shares of Fast Retailing fell by 2.70 percent. Softbank Group soared 17.73 percent, on the back of its announcement on Wednesday that it would purchase up to 600 billion yen ($5.46 billion) of stock in its largest ever buyback.
Australia's ASX 200 rose 1.1 percent to close at 6,092.50, with almost all sectors higher. The heavily weighted financial subindex rose 1.75 percent as shares of the country's so-called Big Four Banks advanced. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group gained 1.70 percent, Commonwealth Bank of Australia advanced 2.01 percent, Westpac rose 1.93 percent and National Australia Bank climbed up by 1.26 percent.