Asian stocks were little changed after a drop in U.S. shares. A stronger yen weighed on Japanese exporters, while energy companies retreated after a decline in oil.

About MSCI Asia Pacific Index was unchanged at 133.06 as of 9:07 a.m. in Tokyo. Japan’s Topix index lost less than 0.1 percent as the yen held gains against the dollar. The gauge rose to a 12-week high on Wednesday, bringing its gain for the year to 13 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index slid 0.3 percent on Wednesday.

With U.S. data and policy makers signaling the world’s biggest economy may be strong enough to withstand higher rates, investors are monitoring figures from overseas to gauge whether there are any threats to growth that may still concern the Federal Reserve. Reports Wednesday showed Chinese factory output growth continued to weaken in October, suggesting monetary and fiscal easing have yet to spur any notable acceleration in growth.

The odds the Federal Reserve will raise rates at its December meeting have risen to 66 percent from 39 percent a month ago. Fed officials including Chair Janet Yellen are due to speak a policy conference Thursday.

New Zealand’s S&P NZX 50 Index added 0.2 percent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index fell 0.4 percent. Markets in China and Hong Kong have yet to start trading.

Source : Bloomberg