Asian Equities Generally Higher on U.S. Lead

Asian equity markets largely opened firmer on Thursday on the back of a stronger finish on Wall Street overnight.

Overnight, U.S. stocks ended higher as on strong data and optimism that a resolution was in sight for the Greece debt talks. The tech-heavy Nasdaq led gains with a 0.45 percent rise, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 closed up 0.36 and 0.21 percent, respectively.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 edged up in early trade, with the dollar-yen providing some positive support by advancing a tad to 124.37.  Index heavyweight Softbank is in focus after announcing a $1 billion investment in South Korea’s e-commerce player Coupang late Wednesday. Shares of the Japanese mobile carrier notched up 0.2 percent.