HONG KONG: Asian markets mostly rose on Thursday as investors cheered upbeat US economic data, but nagging concerns over Europe kept advances in check.
Tokyo gained 0.62 percent by the break, Hong Kong was 0.10 percent higher and Sydney gained 0.10 percent while Seoul eased 0.54 percent.
Shanghai is closed for a week-long public holiday.
Regional shares took their cue from Wall Street, which ended in positive territory after jobs and services figures provided some hope for the economy.
The Institute for Supply Management released its services industry index Wednesday, which showed the crucial sector picking up pace, though hiring remained flat.
Separately, payrolls company ADP released a report showing private sector hiring was better than expected in September, with 162,000 jobs added. Despite being down 14 percent from August the slowdown is less than expected.
US dealers welcomed the announcements. The Dow finished up 0.09 percent, the S&P 500 was 0.36 percent higher and the Nasdaq climbed 0.49 percent.
Eyes are now firmly on policy meetings over the next two days for the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan and Bank of England, while closely watched non-farm payrolls are due out of Washington on Friday.
"There is a little bit of a wait-and-see attitude in Asia this week," said Wee Khoon Chong, Asia rates strategist at Societe Generale in Hong Kong.
On currency markets the euro rose to $1.2923 and 101.61 yen in early trade, compared with $1.2903 and 101.31 yen in New York late Wednesday.
The dollar was at 78.63 yen against 78.51 yen.