Asian Equities Higher as Japan Leads the Way

Asian shares advanced amid rangebound trade on Wednesday, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 index clinching an 18-year peak.  Optimism around Greece’s debt talks continues to buoy sentiment ahead of a meeting of EU finance ministers later in the day.

Overnight, U.S. equities handed over a mildly positive lead, with the Nasdaq Composite eking out another record close, as investors awaited clarity on Greece and eyed continued signs of moderate economic growth. The blue-chip Dow edged up 0.13 percent, while the S&P 500 ended flat.

In Europe, the pan-European Stoxx 600 index closed around 1.2 percent higher, with all sectors ending the day in positive territory.