India's NSE index rose as much as 1.2 percent to a record high as foreign investors bet big in a country that was just gripped by market turmoil.
Faced with runaway property prices and overdevelopment, China is planning a national property tax, with many industry players' blessing.
News suggesting Japan's $1.26 trillion public pension fund could shift money out of bonds should bolster stocks and keep the yen weak, analysts say.
China's first domestic bond default looked set to occur as expected on Friday as there was no sign of a last-minute bailout for Chaori Solar.
Steve Brice, Chief Investment Strategist, Standard Chartered Wealth Management Group, expects Indian equities to trade rangebound leading up to the elections.
CNBC's Julia Wood discusses a new report from Barclays, which indicated a lack of innovation to weigh on Apple for 2014. It also slashed its forecasts for smartphone sales growth in 2014.
With the crisis in Ukraine unlikely to end in the near term, Steve Brice, Chief Investment Strategist, Standard Chartered Wealth Management Group, says instability in Eastern Europe will deliver 'periodic uncertainty' to global financial markets.