Asian markets started the data-light week on the back foot, with major indices posting steep losses.» Read More
Gold ended modestly higher on Tuesday ahead the Federal Reserve's policy announcement, but remained near an eight-month low.
Gold settled higher on softer stocks after disappointing data from China, was still near an eight-month low ahead of the Fed's policy meeting.
Gold posted its worst week since May on Friday, as a lack of physical and investment demand and widespread commodities losses weighed on bullion.
Asian equity markets were mixed on the final trading day of the week as investors avoided making aggressive bets before a key set of Chinese data over the weekend.
Asian stock markets were mostly higher on Tuesday amid light volumes as markets in South Korea and Hong Kong were closed for the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Gold settled at a three-month low on Monday as the dollar recovered losses made after a disappointing U.S. jobs report.
Gold settled at its lowest level since mid-July as stock markets the dollar rallied ahead of a European Central Bank meeting this week.
Second quarter growth data will likely paint a grim picture of Australia's economy on Wednesday as it reels under slowing exports and consumption.
Brent crude dropped below $103 a barrel on Monday, following fresh data suggesting a slower growth in China's factory activity.
Palladium rose on fears that supply from top producer Russia could be hit due to the Ukraine crisis, while gold eased on a stronger dollar.
High fuel subsidies, long the albatross of Indonesia's finances, may get cut sooner than expected if the lame-duck president pre-empts his successor.
Come Thursday, markets will be digesting a new round of manufacturing data from China, when HSBC releases the flash estimate of the PMI for August.
Corporate Asia has taken advantage of ultra-low interest rates, loading up on debt, but with rates set to rise, there may be risks ahead.
Most Asian equities traded higher on the last trading day of the week, taking cues from a firm finish on Wall Street overnight.
China's economy showed signs of softening, suggesting more policy support may be needed to keep growth on track as a property downturn worsens.
Southeast Asia's high household debt may have a silver lining: policy makers won't need to tighten policy much to control rising inflation, ANZ said.
Brent crude extended losses for a third straight session, as tensions in Iraq were not expected to threaten the OPEC producer's output.
Most Asian bourses followed Wall Street higher on Tuesday, except Chinese and Indian shares which failed to track Asia-wide gains.
Gold rebounding from a one-month low, as heightened tensions over Ukraine prompted speculators to buy back bullion.
The Kiwi was crushed as the country's central bank warned against the currency's strength following its decision to hike interest rates.