Forex Pros – Asian stocks were down after the closing bell on Friday.

At the close of Asian trade, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 1.45%, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index shed 0.17%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index was trading 0.38% down.

Meanwhile, the outlook for U.S. equity markets was upbeat. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures indicated a gain of 0.42%, S&P 500 futures pointed to an increase of 0.44% and Nasdaq 100 futures indicated a rise of 0.40%.