Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index gained 0.11 percent, or 21.15 points, to 19,585.95 in early trading, while the Topix index of all first-section shares was up 0.01 percent, or 0.23 points, at 1,564.92.
“In the absence of any policy clarity from the US administration, the FOMC will continue to be the dominant dollar driver,” Stephen Innes, a senior trader at OANDA, said, referring to the Federal Reserve’s rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee.
“The market is left pondering if the hawkish lean from the voting dove members is a signal that the Fed will accelerate the pace of tightening after March, which could add to further dollar strength over the near term,” he said in a commentary.
Though US stocks have risen dramatically on optimism over Trump’s plans for massive infrastructure spending and tax cuts some investors have expressed concern about a lack of detail in the plans.
Weakness in energy and financial shares pushed Wall Street lower on Thursday.
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