Asian markets were mixed on Tuesday, though U.S. stock futures firmed as investors judged Hillary Clinton to have performed better than Donald Trump in the first of three televised Presidential debates.
During the debate, which was expected to be watched by more than 100 million viewers, the two Presidential candidates clashed on issues including tax returns, trade and foreign policy but commentary suggested Clinton was perceived as the better prepared.
The Dow Jones mini future was recently up 0.56% and the S&P 500 was up 0.57%.
The dollar was up 0.47% against the yen at ¥100.7700, though it was up only marginally against the euro and fell against the Canadian and Australian currencies.
The rising dollar boosted Japanese exporters and pushed the Nikkei 225 up by 0.70% to 16,661.01. The Topix was also up 0.80% at 1,346.56.
Lead gainers included Mitsui Chemicals, which was up more than 7% and Toshiba (TOSBF) , up 5.5%.
Banks and insurers were the worst performers, led by Concordia Financial, Resona and Chiba Bank.
In Sydney the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.48% to 5,404.90.
On mainland China stocks were mixed, with the CSI 300 composite recently up 0.06% at 3,222.20.
A National Bureau of Statistics report found that industrial profits at large firms in China grew 19.5% year-on-year in August. Growth was its fastest in almost three years and compared with an 11% year-on-year increase in July.
Oil slipped after oil futures had soared overnight. West Texas intermediate was recently down 0.20% at $45.84.