Asian markets were mixed Thursday following losses on Wall Street, while Japanese traders were disappointed by the lack of progress on a stalled Pacific trade pact as US President Barack Obama visits Japan.
Failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox, whose spectacular collapse hammered the digital currency's reputation, is to be liquidated after a Japanese court ordered bankruptcy proceedings on Thursday, said a lawyer appointed to carry out the process.
South Korea's Hyundai Motor on Thursday said first-quarter profit fell 2.9 percent from a year ago, hit by a strong won, and warned of further tightness as the unit damages its overseas competitiveness.
Shares in French engineering group Alstom, which builds power-generating equipment and high-speed trains, shot up nearly 14.0 percent in early trading on Thursday on rumours that US General Electric may make a takeover bid.
New Zealand's central bank lifted interest rates for the second time in as many months on Thursday, saying it was necessary to contain inflation as an economic recovery gains momentum.
US President Barack Obama on Thursday urged Japan to take "bold steps" to seal a Pacific-wide trade deal after Washington failed to wrestle key tariff concessions from Tokyo.
South Korea's economy grew by 0.9 per cent for the second consecutive quarter as exports remained solid but domestic spending stalled, state data showed Thursday.
Euro rose against the dollar on Wednesday after a positive report on eurozone business activity pointed to recovery momentum in the single-currency economy.
Apple on Wednesday courted investors with stock split plans as hot iPhone sales pushed up profits while underscoring pressure for the company to unveil "the next big thing."
Broad selling in tech stocks pulled US markets lower on Wednesday, cutting short a six-day streak of gains by the S&P 500.