On the economic data front, the headline large manufacturers index in the Bank of Japan’s quarterly tankan business sentiment survey came in at minus 27, against expectations of a minus 23 reading in a Reuters poll. Still, that was better than the minus 34 reading in June.
The moves on Wall Street came as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin failed to strike a coronavirus aid deal. The two will continue talks as they try to craft a fifth package that could pass both chambers of Congress.
Currencies and oil
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 93.736 in a week that has seen it decline from levels above 94.2.
The Japanese yen traded at 105.44 per dollar after seeing levels above 105.6 against the greenback yesterday. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7178 following its rise yesterday from levels below $0.715.