.N225 Nikkei 225 Index NIKKEI 29066.18 190.95 0.66
.HSI Hang Seng Index HSI 29288.22 405.76 1.40
.AXJO S&P/ASX 200 ASX 200 7308.00 32.70 0.45
.SSEC Shanghai SHANGHAI 3607.56 40.91 1.15
.KS11 KOSPI Index KOSPI 3302.84 16.74 0.51
.FTFCNBCA CNBC 100 ASIA IDX CNBC 100 11020.52 125.97 1.16

S&P 500 record close

Overnight on Wall Street, the S&P 500 gained 0.58% to a new record closing high of 4,266.49. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 322.58 points to 34,196.82 while the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.69% to 14,369.71.

The gains stateside came after U.S. President Joe Biden announced the White House had reached an infrastructure deal after meeting with a bipartisan group of senators.

Currencies and oil

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 91.738 as it struggled to recover to levels above 92.1 seen earlier this week.

The Japanese yen traded at 110.75 per dollar, still weaker than levels below 110.4 seen against the greenback earlier in the trading week. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7598, above levels below $0.756 seen earlier this week.

Oil prices were higher in the afternoon of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures rising 0.19% to $75.70 per barrel. U.S. crude futures gained 0.14% to $73.40 per barrel.