European equities finished mixed as investors digested a whole raft of new earnings, ahead of a number of important central bank meetings this week.
Asia finished mixed on Tuesday as investors took to the sidelines ahead of major central bank monetary policy decisions due later in the week.
Asia markets finished mixed on the final trading day of the week, with major indexes in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong eking out weekly gains.
Most major Asian markets advanced on Thursday, but Chinese stocks fell behind their regional peers and extended losses from the previous session.
Asian markets retraced much of their early gains on Wednesday afternoon, with Chinese mainland markets dropping particularly sharply.
Most Asian markets gained on Tuesday, led by Japan, as oil prices steadied after Monday's drop on producers' failure to reach an output-freeze deal.
Asia markets dropped Monday, as oil tumbled after producers failed to reach a deal to freeze output and Japan shares took a hit from quakes last week.
European stocks finished the session slightly higher on Thursday, as investors remained cautious on the price of oil.
Asia markets traded higher on Wednesday, after a rise in oil prices boosted Wall Street and China trade data showed exports climbed in March.
Most major Asia markets ended higher Tuesday, shrugging off after a lower finish in U.S. equities overnight ahead of earnings season.
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Asia markets ended lower Thursday, amid fresh declines in oil prices and concerns the U.S. Federal Reserve may hike interest rates sooner than expected.
Asia markets ended mostly lower Wednesday, but remained relatively resilient after a terrorist attack in Belgium Tuesday.
Asia markets were mixed on Tuesday, with the Nikkei up 2 percent and Shanghai down 0.2 percent, after U.S. equities squeezed out gains overnight.
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Asia markets were mixed Monday, with some analysts predicting a quiet week, in the absence of major economic data from the U.S. and China.
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Most Asia markets lost ground Tuesday, tracking Wall Street's weak performance, with analysts saying traders are turning more cautious after the recent rally.
Asia markets reversed early losses to trade mostly higher on Friday, as traders digested fresh easing from the European Central Bank (ECB) overnight.
Asian stocks were mixed, as traders digested Chinese economic data and interest rate decisions from central banks in New Zealand and South Korea.