Asian stocks closed mostly higher on Friday, tracking gains in global equity markets as upbeat manufacturing data offset fears about a reduction in U.S. monetary stimulus but Chinese shares bucked the trend ahead of earnings results next week.
Japan's Nikkei increased over 2 percent, South Korea's Kospi rebounded from a one-month low and Australia's S&P ASX 200 hit a one-week high. However, the Shanghai Composite reversed earlier gains to hit a two-week low.
Thursday saw the U.S. manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) post its best showing since March while euro zone PMI data also beat expectations. Both followed China's HSBC PMI figure, which hit a four-month high for the month of August.
A positive lead from Wall Street also boosted sentiment in Asia. U.S. stocks closed higher on Thursday after the Nasdaq reopened following a trading halt that lasted over three hours.