Asian stocks looked set for a mixed open Friday as investors weighed hopes for an agreement on a stimulus package from Washington against continued US-China tensions. Shares closed higher on Wall Street and the dollar retreated.
Futures were little changed in Japan, dipped in Australia and pointed higher in Hong Kong. Contracts opened flat on the S&P 500 after the index gained for a fifth day, with Apple Inc leading the charge as it reached a record. US stocks got a lift Thursday afternoon as lawmakers pledged to keep working toward a coronavirus relief package and US President Donald Trump said he could act unilaterally on some measures. Gold extended gains amid speculation interest rates will stay low for longer, while Treasuries edged higher. Oil ticked up.