During early Asian trade, Japan's Nikkei 225 Index advanced 1.5% to 8,764.90, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.8% to 4,202.60, and South Korea's Kospi Index picked up 1.5% to 1,781.53.
Along with the Nikkei, the broader-based Topix Index of all issues listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange picked up 1.3% to 751.83.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index bucked the regional trend, falling 2% to 19,466.80,
Earlier Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that core durable goods orders jumped by a seasonally adjusted 4% in July, after rising 0.6% the previous month.
Market expectation were for orders of U.S. durable goods to fall by 0.4% last month.
Orders for automobiles in July surged 11.5%, the largest gain in eight years. Excluding transportation, durable goods orders rose 0.7%.
The encouraging numbers, following on the heels of recent disappointing data this month helped to give a lift to Wall Street shares, which tagged on a third consecutive day of gains.
By the end of Wednesday trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.3%, the Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 0.9%, and the S&P 500 was lifted 1.3%.
Korean automakers moved higher for a second day, on hopes of increased demand for exports. Hyundai Motor Co. rose sharply by 3.8%, and Kia Motors Corp. soared 19% following word that management and the labor union had reached a tentative wage agreement, averting a strike for the third consecutive year.
Japanese car manufacturers also posted strong early session gains, with Toyota Motor Co. up 1.1%, Honda Motor Co. adding 2.6%, and Nissan Motor Co. up 3.3%.
Japanese Apple Inc. distributor Softbank Corp. slid 0.25%, lagging behind other high-tech shares in Tokyo, following the announcement that Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, would resign as the company's chief executive.
The outlook for European stocks was pessimistic . France's CAC 40 futures was lower by 0.07% to 3,144.40, Britain's FTSE 100 futures fell 0.16% to 5,217.80, while Germany's DAX futures declined 0.15% to 5,696.20.
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