Wall Street ended Wednesday positively as the attentions focussed on the latest round of earnings reports, and the Federal Reserve statement was a sideshow.
The central bank kept interest rates unchanged and left its view on a possible rate raise in June open.
On Wall Street the Dow Jones ended Wednesday’s trading up 51 points, or 0.28%, at 18,041 while the S&P 500 edged 0.16% higher to 2,096 and the Nasdaq was pulled lower as earnings season remained tough for tech stocks.
In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei slumped 3.55% to 16,677 after the Bank of Japan disappointed markets which had hoped for stimulus - instead rates stayed as they were.
Asia’s other benchmarks were steadier. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 0.26% at 21,416 while the Shanghai Composite dipped about 1% to 2,921.
Australia’s ASX 200 moved 0.65% higher to 5,221.
Crude oil prices remain better for natural resources investors, with Brent crude up 2.4% at around US$46.90, which is just below a new high for 2016, and WTI crude was changing hands just above US$45.
In London, CFD and spreadbetting group IG see the FTSE 100 some 30 points lower an hour before Thursday’s open at 6,288 to 6,290.