Spot gold prices have surged 40% in the last 14 months and are within striking distance of 2011’s record high of $1,920.30 an ounce.
The Nikkei 225 index rose 0.40 percent, or 90.64 points, to 22,529.29, but the broader Topix index was flat -- up 0.01 point -- at 1,557.24.
Spot gold was little changed at $1,812.20 per ounce by 0536 GMT, after rising to its highest since September 2011 at $1,817.71 on Wednesday. U.S. gold futures rose 0.2% to $1,823.20.
The U.S. dollar fell against most currencies on Thursday as a rally in riskier assets such as global equities and commodities put a dent in safe-haven demand for the U.S. currency.
The NSE Nifty 50 index rose 0.64% to 10,774.50 by 0511 GMT, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex climbed 0.67% to 36,570.32.
The Nikkei 225 lost 0.56 percent, or 126.45 points, to end at 22,455.76, while the broader Topix index fell 0.40 percent, or 6.36 points, to 1,587.09.
Official data out on Wednesday showed Japan’s exports fell 28.3% in the year to May, the largest slump since September 2009.
The acquisition of the SABIC stake is consistent with Aramco’s long-term Downstream strategy to grow its integrated refining and petrochemicals capacity and create value from integration across the hydrocarbon chain.
The NSE Nifty 50 index was up 0.15% at 9,897.85 by 0528 GMT, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.05% to 33,523.63.