The Bank of Japan on Tuesday stuck to its stimulus program and projections that inflation will reach its 2 percent target next year, but bit trimmed its 2014 growth target.
A central bank decision in Japan and second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) from China will be the key events in Asia this week.
Chinese authorities' use of targeted stimulus measures deepened risks in the housing market, according to Societe Generale.
Investors poured funds into Japan stocks last year on hopes of more Bank of Japan easing, but it looks like next week's meeting will disappoint again.
Crude rose as profit-taking on an extended losing streak momentarily outweighed the prospect of solid supply and weak U.S. gas demand.
Commerzbank may pay between $600 and $800 million to resolve investigations into its dealings with countries under U.S. sanctions, sources said.
BNP pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions, as part of a nearly $9 billion settlement in which it admitted to breaking embargoes.
Emerging market bonds have been hot this year, erasing price falls following last year's "taper tantrum," but some say the rally may be getting old.
Although hopes are high as the second quarter earnings roll out, revenue growth looms as a potential problem.
U.S. authorities have begun settlement talks with Commerzbank over its dealings with blacklisted countries, the New York Times reports.
Shadow banking gets tagged as a China risk, but it may be rising globally as low interest rates spur yield chasing and tougher rules constrain banks.
"Sell deficits, buy surpluses" was a winning strategy for emerging markets in 2013, but the new mantra may be "sell commodities, buy manufacturers."
Low market volatility sees some concerned that complacency may herald a selloff, but some believe fundamentals are driving the decline in risk.
China shares have long been considered cheap for good reason, suffering a long downtrend, but some say now is the time to turn outright bullish.
The pound saw losses after comments from the BoE cooled expectations for an interest rate hike, while its G3 counterparts drifted in well-worn ranges.
Shares in Euronext started trading at 19.40 euros on Friday, 3 percent below the price set for its initial public offering.
Investors in emerging markets are turning more bearish, a survey of fund managers by Societe Generale shows.
Germany's financial watchdog has ordered Deutsche Bank to do more to ensure that commodity prices cannot be manipulated by its traders.
Interest rates and whether bonds are expensive may be up for debate, but some are tipping bond picks, with emerging Europe among the favorites.
Indonesia's twin budget and current account deficits are threatening to "go wild" once again, and soon, warns Société Générale.