Most Asian stocks dropped as Tokyo shares slid after the Bank of Japan's policy decision disappointed investors. Some 651 stocks fell and 306 rose as the MSCI Asia Pacific Index traded little changed as of 12:30 p.m.
Google parent Alphabet Inc. GOOGL 0.51 % said quarterly profit soared 24%, the second internet giant in two days to report blockbuster earnings driven by consumers' rapid shift to mobile devices.
Amazon.com Inc. AMZN 2.16 % on Thursday reported in its third consecutive record profit, nearly doubling its prior high-water mark, and its fifth straight quarter in the black.
Plans to build the first new UK nuclear plant in 20 years have suffered an unexpected delay after the government postponed a final decision until the early autumn.
FILE - In this Friday, May 13, 2016 file photo, a mobile device shows the Didi Chuxing ride-hailing app at a shopping mall in Beijing, China.