China's benchmark Shanghai composite ended nearly 5 percent higher with gains accelerating in the final half-hour of trade.» Read More
On the first trading session of 2015, Asian equities were quiet on the back of a lack of foreign cues and economic data releases.
European shares closed mixed on Monday, with Greece struck by renewed political uncertainty after its politicians failed to agree on a new president.
China may be routinely underestimating its steel sector output, with official 2013 figures coming in 40 million tons below a key industry estimate.
Asian stocks pulled back sharply on Monday, as investors fretted about the relentless slide in energy prices and declining manufacturing sentiment in Japan. Also in focus was a hostage incident in Sydney.
China's benchmark index tumbled as much as 6 percent in the last hour of trade after rallying to a three-and-half-year high of 3,091 points earlier.
European shares closed lower on Monday, with construction stocks continuing to weigh heavily after Wall Street opened down.
European shares closed higher on Tuesday, as overnight gains in oil prices boosted energy stocks and an upturn on Wall Street helped sentiment.
Global equity markets jumped on Friday morning after the Chinese central bank unexpectedly cut interest rates to boost its flagging economic growth.
Asian indices traded mostly higher in Friday's afternoon session, after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament's lower house.
European shares closed lower on Thursday as investors reacted to worse-than-expected data from the euro zone.
John Wilson, Stock Broker at Morgans Financial, says persisting demand and false expectations for prices to remain stable are leading big miners to ramp up production.
European stocks closed lower on Friday after the U.S. economy produced fewer than expected jobs in October and tensions in Ukraine flared.
Asia stocks were under pressure on Wednesday amid concerns over oil and Chinese growth, but Japanese markets continued to outperform the region.
Asian equities were mixed on Tuesday ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting with China's benchmark index outperforming the region following strong data.
Asia equities were mostly higher on Wednesday following a strong U.S. lead and reports of bond purchases by the European Central Bank.
Asian bourses mirrored the choppy trade overnight in the U.S., with Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul erasing morning gains to trade lower on Friday.
Mounting anxiety over global growth and the spread of Ebola dragged Asian bourses lower on Thursday.
Asian shares traded mixed on Tuesday as fears of global economic weakness affected investor sentiment.
Asian shares were mostly lower on Wednesday following a global rout but Shanghai bucked the trend after a week-long holiday.
Rio Tinto rejected a merger approach from smaller rival Glencore to create a $160 billion mining and trading giant in August.