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.