Asian stocks fluctuated on Friday Friday as uncertainty over how much further the U.S. Federal Reserve would cut interest rates added to investors' worries over slowing global growth.
The trade war between China and the US, political storms in Hong Kong, Italy and Britain have led to market tensions and investors are eagerly awaiting Powell's speech at Jackson Hole Central Bankers today (14:00 GMT).
Pan-European Euro stoxx50 futures rose 0.7%, indicating European cash share markets will open higher on Friday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3% to 1.0% this week.
Japan's Nikkei rose 0.4% and Australian stocks rose 0.3%. Shanghai composite and blue-chip CSI300 rose 0.3% and 0.5%, respectively. Hong Kong's Hang seng also rose 0.5%.
Wall Street stocks were moving differently on Thursday. The S & P500 changed slightly, with the Dow up 0.2% and the Nasdaq down 0.4%.