Despite a slowdown in China's economic growth, the country's stocks are flirting with 7 year highs. Maarten-Jan Bakkum, global emerging markets strategist at ING, discusses.» Read More
Malaysia's economy expanded at a faster than expected pace in the second quarter, data showed on Friday, boosted by strong exports and robust consumption.
Chinese metals traders have opened offices in Singapore, aiming to capture opportunities created by the exit of a string of Western banks.
A flurry of economic data on Wednesday showed China's recovery remains patchy despite several rounds of targeted easing by the government in recent months, triggering talk that more support measures may be in the pipeline.
Tony Nash, Vice President at Delta Economics, expects geopolitical events to weigh on upcoming data, with Chinese exports possibly seeing a 3 to 5 fall in the remaining quarters of 2014.
Singapore's economy expanded 0.1 percent on a quarter-on-quarter annualized basis in the second quarter, above expectations.
Japan's economy is expected to have lost all ground owing to the April consumption tax hike, which looks to have thrown its recovery off its tracks.
Japan's current account swung to a deficit in June for the first time in five months, government data showed on Friday, due to a decline in earnings on overseas investments.
Despite simmering tensions between China and Southeast Asia, trade between them has surged in recent years and the ties will only deepen, HSBC said.
Growth in China's services sector slowed in July to its lowest in nearly nine years, indicating a recovery in the broader economy is still fragile.
Indonesia's economy unexpectedly failed to gain traction, growing at the slowest annual pace since the last three months of 2009.
There's skepticism among some observers over whether the Indian stock market can continue to rally after a nearly 30 percent gain so far in 2014.
The notorious disclosure of price-sensitive information of the world's second-biggest equity market has spurred criticisms of home advantage in Tokyo.
Tai Hui, Chief Market Strategist Asia at JP Morgan Funds, says Beijing's reforms may take years to finalize so investors should buy into Chinese equities selectively.
The Bank of Japan needs to take a page out of Federal Reserve's playbook and unleash fresh stimulus to save the fragile recovery from fizzling out.
Activity in China's vast manufacturing sector continued to pick up steam in July, two sets of data showed on Friday.
China should set a GDP target of 6.5-7 percent for 2015, below its 2014 goal, and refrain from stimulus measures, the IMF said.
Japan's June industrial output fell its fastest since the quake in March 2011 as companies slowed production to offset a build-up in inventories.
A flurry of economic data out of Japan on Tuesday showed an improving labor market and an encouraging household spending picture.
Chinese industrial firms' profits rose 17.9 percent to 588.08 billion yuan ($94.98 billion) from a year earlier, up from an 8.9 percent rise in May.
With companies in Asia slowing their capital investment, the region may face a deceleration in economic growth ahead, HSBC said.
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