Mainland stocks finished the week at fresh multi-year highs, while their Japanese peers settled just a whisker away from a psychological 20,000-point mark.
U.S. stocks closed higher as investors digested a rebound in oil prices and looked for more signals on the timing of an interest rate hike.
Treasury prices, already under pressure, fell further on Thursday as the U.S. government's auction of 30-year bonds was met with weak demand.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Monday, ahead of a busy week of data releases and bank results.
European equities closed higher on Thursday as investors reacted to fresh economic data and auto stocks posted strong gains.
U.S. government debt prices climbed on Wednesday amid renewed oil price volatility, ahead of the latest U.S. Federal Reserve minutes.
Shares in Hong Kong and Tokyo outperformed the region to scale fresh multi-year highs on Thursday.
U.S. stocks closed higher as investors shook off a plunge in oil prices and digested the Federal Reserve's meeting minutes as mostly dovish.
European equities closed mostly lower on Wednesday, despite a surge in energy stocks after Royal Dutch Shell launched a bid for U.K.-listed BG Group.
Asian stocks were higher across the board on Wednesday, with Tokyo, Seoul and mainland markets hitting fresh highs.
U.S. stocks closed mildly lower as investors eyed continued gains in oil and the dollar ahead of the unofficial start of earnings season on Wednesday.
U.S. government debt prices were little changed on Tuesday amid renewed oil price volatility, ahead of the latest U.S. Fed minutes.
European equities closed higher with fears over an impending rate hike in the U.S. receding.
Central banks are the key theme in Asia on Tuesday, with equities in the region largely in positive territory.
Oil futures closed up $1.84 at $53.98 on Tuesday, above earlier highs and erasing losses on strong jobs data.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a flat to lower open on Thursday, as investors digested the mostly dovish minutes from the Fed, ahead of more earnings and data releases.
Oil settled at $50.42 a barrel after government data showed the largest weekly increase in US crude inventories since 2001.
Crude prices held gains after Baker Hughes reported drillers increased the pace of rig reductions in U.S. oilfields after two weeks of thin declines.
Oil prices rallied on Thursday as strong German economic data and continued uncertainty about an agreement on Iran's nuclear program provided lift.
The euro slumped for a fifth straight session against the dollar on Friday to a 3-1/2 week low as falling European interest rates.
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