Most stock markets in Asia posted gains overnight Wednesday, but traders in Europe were split.
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 was up 0.5% to 17,748, and Hong Kong's Hang Seng advanced 0.7% to 20,845. China's CSI 300 Index rose 0.4% to 3701, while Taiwan's Taiex lost 0.5% at 8053.
South Korea's Kospi was better by 0.7% at 1593, and Singapore's Straits Times Index was higher by 0.4% at 3453. India's Sensex tacked on 0.1% to 13,782.
Turning to Europe, London's FTSE 100 was little changed at 6550. Frankfurt's Xetra DAX was up 0.5% at 7476, and the Paris Cac 40 edged up 0.3% to 6052.
Italy's Milan 30 and the Swiss Market Index each gained about 0.5%. Markets were weaker again in Finland, Norway and Sweden.
As for the Americas, Canada's S&P/TSX Composite ticked down 0.2% to 13,885. Mexico's Bolsa and Argentina's Merval climbed around 0.5%, while Brazil's Bovespa surged 1.5%.