- The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong jumped 1.79% on Wednesday to close at 28,817.07.
- Minutes from the Bank of Japan's April monetary policy meeting showed members agreed that stimulus measures could result in a "faster than expected" pace of recovery for Japan and other countries.
SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific were largely higher on Wednesday, with stocks in Hong Kong leading gains regionally.
Elsewhere, the Nikkei 225 in Japan closed slightly lower at 28,874.89 while the Topix index slipped 0.53% to finish the trading day at 1,949.14.
Minutes from the Bank of Japan's April monetary policy meeting released Wednesday showed members agreed that stimulus measures, particularly those in advanced economies, could result in a "faster than expected" pace of recovery for Japan and other countries.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.83%.
Technology shares in Asia-Pacific were mostly higher on Wednesday.
In Japan, shares of conglomerate SoftBank Group slipped 0.18% while South Korea's Naver surged 8.31%.
Those moves came after the Nasdaq Composite touched a new intraday record overnight on Wall Street, climbing 0.79% on the day to 14,253.37.
The S&P 500 also gained 0.51% to 4,246.44 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 68.61 points to 33,945.58.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 91.737 following an earlier low of 91.685.
The Japanese yen changed hands at 110.87 per dollar, having weakened from below 110 against the greenback earlier this week. The Australian dollar was at $0.7564, staying above the $0.752 level that it has traded around for much of the trading week so far.