Asian equity markets were mostly higher on Wednesday ahead of key risk events in the United States.
Thailand stocks have rallied sharply, but despite high hopes for the new administration's policies, analysts don't expect shares to rise much further.
Investors are paying close attention to this reporting season which will give insights into how profitability is holding up following the tax hike.
Japan will be the market to watch this week on the back of key data and as earnings season in the world's third-largest economy kicks into full gear.
The FHFA filed 18 lawsuits against Goldman and other banks in 2011 over about $200 billion in mortgage-backed securities that later went sour.
Even before tougher sanctions against Russia hit the books, the country faces potential hits as investors turn their backs on its financial assets.
China's slowing property market tops the list of major economic risks, but some say the sector's stocks are "dirt cheap" and now is the time to buy.
Despite dire predictions that China faced a slew of defaults, few mainland borrowers have welshed amid various stripes of government intervention.
Policy insiders are concerned that China's reform agenda is being sidelined by a focus on stimulus to meet the government's growth target.
Cross-investment between India and Japan has been relatively small, but economic reboots via Abenomics and Modinomics may change that, Nomura said.
Messaging app operator Line applied for an IPO valued at over 1 trillion yen ($9.85 billion) around two weeks ago at the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Yellen, facing questions on the economy and rate hike, will be pressured to acknowledge an uptick in inflation and improvement in the labor market.
Record levels in India's stock markets amid continued post-election euphoria have raised concerns over whether a correction is due, but analysts say the bulls'rein will continue for some time.
Asian stocks were mixed on Friday on fears that issues at Portugal's biggest bank could hurt European periphery markets.
Malaysia's central bank raised its key interest rate as expected, to help temper inflation and rising consumer debt.
The Indian government's debut budget is encouraging, but lacks details on how it will turn its aspirations into reality, say economists.
Singapore's real-estate trusts have recovered to around the highest levels since last year's "taper tantrum," but Nomura says the rally may end soon.
Crude rose as profit-taking on an extended losing streak momentarily outweighed the prospect of solid supply and weak U.S. gas demand.
Asian equities extended losses into a third session on Wednesday following a selloff on Wall Street overnight and steady Chinese inflation data.
Europe's economy has dragged itself out of the crisis' darkest depths, but some question whether the stock markets' rally has outpaced the recovery.