Global shares lean higher

|By:, SA News Editor

Asian shares are mixed but European equities and U.S. stock futures are mostly higher on a day packed with central-bank action.

The BOJ left its interest rates and aggressive easing as is, after which Governor Haruhiko Kuroda indicated that he doesn't see much need for further stimulus anytime soon.

BOE minutes took on a hawkish tone, signalling that some policy makers are nearing the point they'll vote for a rate rise.

Later today, FOMC minutes are due to be released while Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak.

Japan -0.2%, Hong Kong +0.15%, China +0.8%, India -0.6%.

Euro Stoxx 600 +0.1%, London -0.1%, Paris +0.1%, Frankfurt +0.2%, Milan +0.3%, Madrid flat.

U.S. stock futures: Dow +0.3%. S&P +0.3%. Nasdaq +0.3%.