Mainland markets rise
Stock markets in the mainland rallied on the final trading day of the week, with a key futures contract on the CSI300 index set for delivery by the close of business finally rising above the level of its benchmark, Reuters reported.
China's benchmark Shanghai Composite enlarged gains to close up 3.5 percent, while the CSI300 index rocketed nearly 4 percent. The Shenzhen Composite charged up 5 percent.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index moved up 1 percent to a nine-day peak.
Brokerages were among the biggest movers in Shanghai and Hong Kong; Haitong Securities rose 3.5 and 7.1 percent in Shanghai and Hong Kong, respectively, while Citic Securities bounced up 3.7 and 8.7 percent, respectively.
"One of the [supportive factors] today was that the brokers will be allowed to extend their proprietary positions... the fact remains that brokerages are pumping up [the market] via proprietary books. Any more books coming into market will be a support mechanism," Gavin Parry, managing director at Parry International Trading, told CNBC.
Underperforming the bourse, Hong Kong-listed China LNG Group tumbled 17.1 percent as trading in its shares resumed for the first time since U.S.-based Glaucus Research described the firm was "a start-up without any proprietary intellectual property."
In Taiwan, chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) surged 2.6 percent following better-than-expected results for the second quarter, outpacing the broader index.