Major indices in the Asia-Pacific regions were all slightly higher in early trade Thursday morning, while U.S. stock futures also traded in the green overnight.

In Tokyo, the benchmark Nikkei 225 was up 0.46% to 21,349.58; Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was 1.44% higher at 30,631.13. Stocks in Shanghai were 0.25% higher, and stocks also rose in Singapore, adding 0.81%.

Dow futures added 0.10%, S&P futures rose 0.06% and Nasdaq futures edged up 0.04%. Gold futures and crude oil futures also gained, up 0.08% and 0.21%, respectively.

On Wall Street Wednesday, stocks fell after Gary Cohn, the head of President Trump's National Economic Council, resigned, and investors braced for what could be an escalating global trade war.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down 82 points, or 0.33%. The S&P 500 declined 0.05%.

The Nasdaq was up 0.33%. After Wednesday's gains, the Nasdaq has finished higher for five straight sessions.