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Gold prices steadied on track for their biggest weekly rise since June, as the dollar retreated.
China has told its banks to lend more and lower loan-to-deposit ratios, as Beijing prepares to release data that confirms a slower economy.
Brent crude pared losses after hitting a five-year low on Tuesday and plunging more than 4 percent the day before.
Major Australian banks will need as much as A$48 billion to move to the top quartile of global banks, to ensure they can survive a financial crisis.
Chinese brokers have seen a surge of new stock investors and a dramatic spike in turnover on soaring local bourses, in response to government policy measures.
Asian stock markets rallied on Thursday on the back of strong U.S. data, with China's benchmark index leading the gains.
US oil rallied as data suggested that tumbling prices may have started to affect drilling activity in the fast-growing US shale oil industry.
Gold settled nearly 2 percent lower, extending a three-day slide to a two-week low.
US crude prices plunged on OPEC's decision to not cut output, but there could be more losses when markets return to full strength next week.
Oil prices tumbled on Tuesday ahead of a meeting of oil cartel OPEC where a cut in production will likely be discussed.
Crude prices pared Monday's early losses as traders and investors speculated OPEC producers might cut output more than expected.
Asian bourses finished mixed on the last trading day of the week.
US crude futures settled below $78 a barrel on Monday US dollar strength outweighed worries about conflict in Libya and Ukraine.
Asian bourses were mixed on Monday, with China outperforming after a new launch date was announced for an anticipated cross-border trading link.
Asian equities turned mixed in Friday's afternoon session.
A sudden swell in China's exports of gold and jewelry may signal a resurgence of speculative currency inflows through inflated trade receipts.
Gold edged up slightly as the dollar eased after a sharp rally, but the metal continued to languish near its lowest level since April 2010.
Even with gold prices dropping to near 4-year lows, buyers in China aren't tempted, suggesting prices have further to fall.
Gold fell on Monday to near a recent four-year low as the dollar index rose to its highest since mid-2010.
Dollar-yen soared to a seven-year high after the BoJ expanded its quantitative easing program, and strategists say the pair has "a lot further to go."