Asian Equities Ease Despite U.S. Lead

Asian shares are poised to head north at the open on Thursday, likely to be supported by gains offshore and encouraging Greece headlines.  Japan’s Nikkei 225 appear set to extend a nine-session winning streak. Both the Chicago and Osaka futures traded at 20,630, higher than the index’s previous close of 20,472.

Australian stocks could rebound after losing nearly 1 percent in the previous session. Local futures notched up 0.2 percent to 5,751, a 26-point premium to the underlying S&P ASX 200 index.

Overnight, Wall Street ended sharply higher, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq logging a record high close, amid a slight pause in recent climbs in the dollar and bond yields. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 settled up 0.67 and 0.92 percent, respectively.