SINGAPORE — Stocks in Asia-Pacific rose in Friday trade following an overnight rebound on Wall Street.
Shares in Australia edged higher, as the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.37%.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares traded 0.71% higher.
“As we make substantial further progress toward our goals, we’ll gradually roll back the amount of Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities we’ve bought,” Powell told NPR’s “Morning Edition” in a live interview. “We will very gradually, over time and with great transparency, when the economy has all but fully recovered, we will be pulling back the support that we provided during emergency times.”
Overnight on Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 199.42 points to close at 32,619.48 while the S&P 500 ended its trading day 0.52% higher at 3,909.52. The Nasdaq Composite also rose 0.12% to close at 12,977.68.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 92.77 following its climb from levels below 92 earlier in the week.
The Japanese yen traded at 109.22 per dollar, having weakened from levels below 108.6 against the greenback seen earlier this week. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7596, still lower than levels around $0.774 seen earlier in the week.
Oil prices edged higher in the morning of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures up 0.92% to $62.52 per barrel. U.S. crude futures also gained 1.13% to $59.22 per barrel.
— CNBC’s Jeff Cox contributed to this report.