"Use of mid-sulfur Shanxi premium HCCs (1-1.3% total sulfur) with low sulfur (0.5% total sulfur) 1/3 metallurgical coals to produce a lower quality, but still a tier 1 coke".
Asian stock markets were also primarily in positive territory. It was set for a second week of gains.
Some investors linked the restrictions to China's trade war with the US.
"Overall, the durable goods data provide further reason to think that economic growth will soon slow to below its 2 percent potential pace, which will keep the Fed on hold throughout this year", said Andrew Hunter, senior USA economist, at Capital Economics in London.
"Given that enough headway seems to have been made to warrant a meeting between Trump and the Chinese negotiator today, it appears more likely that the U.S. will not raise the levies, which should help high-beta currencies and equities push higher", said Konstantinos Anthis, head of research at ADSS.
"The bar to restarting rate hikes in the near term seems to be quite high, with several participants arguing that rate increases would be necessary "only if inflation outcomes were higher than in (the) baseline outlook", Paul Ashworth, chief US economist at Capital Economics, said in a note. Commerce Department said on Thursday domestic orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft unexpectedly fell 0.7 percent in December.
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Earlier on Thursday, Reuters reported that customs in the northern Chinese port city of Dalian has banned imports of Australian coal and will cap overall coal imports from all sources to the end of 2019 at 12 million tonnes.
The dollar gained against the yen and cut losses versus the euro on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve, in the minutes of its latest policy meeting, said the USA economy and its labor market remained strong, prompting some expectations of at least one more interest rate hike this year.
Separate comments by Lowe that a rate increase may be appropriate next year also helped to boost the Aussie dollar. It declined 0.12 percent to 110.72.
Japan's Nikkei was down 0.3 percent after closing at a two-month high during the previous session.
The Aussie rallied more than half a percent to a two-week high of Dollars 0.72075 after the release of the figures, which showed Australia added 65,400 in full-time employment in January, with the unemployment rate steady at 5.0 percent.
Shares of financials performed strongly, with country's Big Four banks - Commonwealth Bank, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, National Australia Bank and Westpac Banking Corp - rose between 0.4% and 1%.
US crude oil rose 0.8 percent to $57.43 a barrel.
Sterling slipped back 0.2 percent but held well above $1.30 following Tuesday's surge on hopes Prime Minister Theresa May can make progress in Brussels on Wednesday as she tries to tweak her Brexit withdrawal agreement.