Trade in Asian equity markets was subdued on the final trading day of the week after underwhelming U.S. earnings results pulled the plug on Wall Street's two-day rally.
Investors also digested comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who said the central bank should be giving the U.S. economy the stimulus it needs despite worries that quantitative easing may destabilize the financial system.
Attention now turns to Monday's release of China's fourth quarter gross domestic product (GDP) data. Many economists forecast GDP slowed to 7.6 percent in the final three months of last year, from 7.8 percent in the previous quarter. That would put the full-year growth rate at 7.7 percent, the weakest level since 1999.