Mario Draghi

Asian markets mostly higher as Jackson Hole in focus

Asian stock markets were mostly higher on Thursday as investors brushed off worries about the U.S. political uncertainty while waiting for the upcoming speeches by the world's top central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 slipped 0.1 percent to 19,408.80 but South Korea's Kospi rose 0.4 percent to 2,375.74. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index advanced 0.5 percent to 27,538.84 and Shanghai Composite Index was flat at 3,288.24. Australia's S&P ASX 200 added 0.3 percent to 5,751.80.

FED WATCH: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and other central bankers will assess the global economy at this week's annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Yellen...