Stock markets across the Asia-Pacific region closed mostly in the green on Thursday after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at record highs, amid trade negotiations optimism and expectations that the ECB will ease monetary policy later in the day. Investors also await monetary policy meetings from the Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan later in the month.

The Shanghai Composite index gained 14 points, or 0.5%, to 2,937; the Nikkei 225 advanced 47 points, or 0.2%, to 21,757; the Hang Seng index rose 64 points, or 0.2%, to 28,588; and the S&P/ASX 200 added 41 points, or 0.6%, to 6,818; while the Kospi lost 8 points, or 0.4%, to 2,074 after North Korea launched two short range missiles into the sea.