Asia markets were mixed on Monday after most were shut for Good Friday, with a weaker yen helping to bolster Japan shares.
Asia will focus on economic data from Japan, China and South Korea, while Friday's U.S. non-farm payroll data from March will be closely watched.
Taiwan's Foxconn is set to sign a takeover deal for Japan's troubled Sharp with a smaller-than-planned bailout after repeated delays, two sources said.
Asia markets closed mostly higher Friday as a weaker yen provided support for Japan's shares amid persistent concerns over a potential April Fed hike.
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.
Asia markets were mixed Wednesday, following a weaker finish on Wall Street overnight as traders await the U.S. Federal Reserve decision due later.
Asian stocks were mixed, as traders digested Chinese economic data and interest rate decisions from central banks in New Zealand and South Korea.
A late hitch to Foxconn's takeover of Japan's Sharp brought simmering distrust between the two close to boiling point, sources said.
Markets in China, Japan and Hong Kong tumbled Monday, with concerns over China's economy and the deluge of economic data this week dragging stocks.
The Taiwanese company is delaying sigining any takeover deal following a 'surprise' disclosure of possible financial risks.
Asian markets closed mostly higher Friday, with Japan extending gains, but some caution persisted after recent volatility.
Foxconn put its takeover of electronics maker Sharp Corp on hold on Thursday after discovering previously undisclosed liabilities, sources said.
News of freshly-disclosed liabilities from Sharp should not be a surprise to Foxconn, says Atul Goyal, senior analyst at Jefferies.
The Japanese electronics giant agrees to a takeover by the Taiwanese firm in a landmark deal.
Chinese shares tumbled Thursday, extending a long rout, amid tighter liquidity, but other markets in Asia settled higher.
The takeover deal is dilutive as Sharp is handing over control of its business on Foxconn's terms, explains Invast's Peter Esho.
The Shanghai composite bucked a generally downward trend in Asia on Wednesday as major indexes in Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong were down.
Markets in Australia, Japan, and South Korea closed down after a choppy trading session Wednesday, despite a positive finish in Wall Street overnight.
Markets in Asia dropped on Friday, with Japan's Nikkei tumbling, after a sell-off on Wall Street fueled by volatile oil and worries over bank earnings.
Monkeys threw a wrench into Asian markets in the Lunar New Year's first week of trading, with sell-offs in Japan, Singapore and Down Under Wednesday.