The yen slid to its lowest level in about six weeks on Thursday on expectations of fresh stimulus from Japan’s central bank.
Asian stocks climbed to nine-month highs on Thursday, helped by a recovery in global oil prices.
Wall Street gained on Wednesday and the S&P 500 and Dow industrials set fresh records, as Microsoft's strong results boosted the indexes.
European shares climbed on Wednesday after solid results from Swiss life sciences group Lonza and software firm SAP.
The Hang Seng Index rose 1 percent on Wednesday, while the China Enterprises Index gained 0.4 percent.
Anglo American reduced its full-year copper-production target after bad weather hit its operations in Chile.
The dollar rose on Wednesday as another positive round of US data fanned speculation the Federal Reserve will lift interest rates.
Oil prices rose on bargain-buying in Asia on Wednesday after hitting two-month lows.
Asian stocks stepped back early on Wednesday after a record run on Wall Street showed signs of petering out.
The S&P 500 retreated from record highs on Tuesday, while the Dow edged up for an eighth straight day of gains.
South Africa’s sky-high maize prices could normalise next year as crops recover from a devastating drought this season.
European shares slipped in early trading on Tuesday, with weaker metals prices weighing on miners.
Oil prices extended their decline in Asia on Tuesday as the global glut returned to focus.
Asian shares slipped on Tuesday as a downturn in crude oil curbed the enthusiasm from fresh record highs on Wall Street.
Wall Street closed slightly higher on Monday to mint new record highs for the S&P 500 and the Dow industrials.