Asian equity markets pushed higher Tuesday, while the dollar's march took a breather after a weak batch of US data seemed to pour cold water on talk of an early summer US interest rate hike.
The weak figures on US manufacturing and industrial output helped propel US shares higher, providing a strong lead for Asia.
Tokyo climbed 0.84 percent to sit at highs not seen in 15 years, while Hong Kong added 0.66 percent, Seoul put on 1.15 percent and Shanghai was 0.78 percent higher.
Sydney climbed 1.11 percent after minutes from the Australian central bank's latest meeting suggested it could cut rates again soon.
Wall Street's three main indexes charged higher after news that US industrial production barely rose in February after two consecutive months of declines, and only pulled higher by heating demand during unusually cold weather.
Also, manufacturing declined for the third straight month, by 0.2 percent, as automakers curbed output.
In New York the Dow surged 1.29 percent, the S&P 500 jumped 1.35 percent and the Nasdaq rallied 1.19 percent.