SYDNEY, NSW, Australia - Stocks in Asia were mixed on Wednesday with Japan's indices losing ground, while Australia rose to a record high.
The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo end down 57.75 points or 0.21 percent at 27,584.08.
In Australia, the All Ordinaries rose 28.20 points or 0.36 percent to 7,778.70. Meantime the S&P/ASX 200 jumped 0.4% to a new record high of 7503.20.
China's Shanghai Composite advanced 29.23 points or 0.85 percent to 3,477.22.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng jumped 231.73 points or 0.88 percent to 26,426.55.
On foreign exchange markets, the U.S. dollar fell, particularly against the dollar bloc.
The euro edged up to 1.1873. The British pound rose to 1.3938. The Japanese yen was unchanged ta 109.11. The Swiss franc was a tad stronger at 0.9039.
The Canadian dollar inched up to 1.2521. The Australian dollar strengthened to 0.7424, while the New Zealand dollar was sharply higher at 0.7081.
Overnight on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials rose 278.24 points or 0.80 percent to 35,116.40.
The Standard and Poor's 500 gained 36.00 points or 0.82 percent to 4,423.16.
The Nasdaq Composite advanced 80.23 points or 0.55 percent to 14,761.29.