U.S. stocks finished higher on Thursdays, led by financials and energy stocks, after U.S. fourth-quarter gross domestic product was revised up to a growth of 2.1 percent year-on-year, higher than the initial estimate of 1.9 percent.
Early Friday, a South Korean court approved a warrant to arrest ousted president Park Geun-hye, the country’s first democratically-elected leader to be thrown out of office.
Oil prices surged to their highest in three weeks after Kuwait Oil Minister Essam al-Marzouq said his country was in support of extending the OPEC production cut deal.
The dollar was stronger at 100.41 against a basket of currencies, higher compared to levels of around 99 earlier this week. The dollar/yen stood at 111.77, while the Australian dollar fetched $0.7642.