Asian stocks outside Australia recovered from a lackluster open to rise on Monday as a modestly positive lead from Wall Street offset the impact of sliding oil prices.
Stocks in Japan and China settled at new multi-year highs for the second straight session as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's policy meeting.
Japanese stocks tracked a positive lead from Wall Street to hit a fresh multi-year high, breaching the 19,000 level, as major indices in the region largely rose on Friday.
Asian shares rose on Thursday, boosted by better-than-expected Australian jobs data from Australia and a surprise rate cut in South Korea.
Asian equities were lower across the board on Wednesday, pressured by a plunge on Wall Street overnight and as a string of China data fell short of expectations.
Key bourses in Asia nursed losses on Tuesday, as a mixed bag of Chinese inflation data offset a positive lead from Wall Street.
Fears that an interest rate hike in the United States is imminent drove Asian stock markets outside Shanghai lower on Monday.
Indian shares led gains in Asia Wednesday after a surprise rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India, while the rest of the region traded mixed.
Australian shares fell below the flatline on Tuesday after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) surprised most market watchers by holding back on further easing.
Japanese shares outperformed the region by clinching a new multi-year high, as the rest of Asia traded mixed on Thursday.
Asian equities turned mixed amid choppy trade on Wednesday after China's manufacturing sector surprised markets with growth for the first time in three months.
Asian equities were mixed on Tuesday as a break down in negotiations over Greece, along with a mixed bag of earnings, depressed trading sentiment.
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Asian stocks traded mixed on Thursday, as euro zone finance ministers failed to reach a deal with Greece, while losses in oil prices overnight compounded the depressed sentiment.
Asian stocks traded mixed on Tuesday, amid tensions between Greece and its euro zone creditors, and more weak Chinese data.
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Asian stocks traded mixed on Tuesday, as a rebound in crude oil prices brought mixed blessings, while speculation that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will cut rates today continued to buoy Australian equities.
Asian equities outside China traded higher on Friday, following a halt in the sell-off in energy markets and as traders digest the raft of earnings releases in Tokyo and Seoul.
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Asian equity markets posted an upbeat performance on Friday, after the European Central Bank unleashed a massive stimulus package to resuscitate the euro zone.