Markets in Asia ended mostly higher on the week's final trading day as traders awaited direction from Fed chief Janet Yellen's comments due later.
Across Asian markets, the energy plays rose as oil hit the $50-a-barrel mark for the first time since November, but broader markets were mixed.
Asia markets mostly closed higher on Wednesday, with Hong Kong leading gains and several major indexes advancing more than 1 percent each.
Asia markets closed mixed on Monday, with the Nikkei down after weak trade data, as markets adjust to a slew of comments from the Fed.
Asian markets ended mostly higher Monday, as traders digested the slew of Chinese economic data released at the weekend.
Asia markets wavered between gains and losses on Wednesday, as the yen nudged higher against the dollar and oil prices retreated.
Asia markets closed mixed on Tuesday, with the Japanese benchmark index leading gains in the region.
The yen rallied sharply and stocks tumbled Thursday after the BOJ kept monetary policy steady policy steady at a scheduled meeting.
Asia markets closed lower on Wednesday, ahead of key central bank decisions from the Fed and the Bank of Japan 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 fell Monday across the board, with many traders likely taking to the sidelines ahead of several central bank decisions this 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.
U.S. oil prices pared losses after a workers' strike in Kuwait slashed the country's oil output by more than half.
Asia markets were mixed in the final trading day of the week, following the release of China's GDP numbers for the first quarter of 2016.
Asia markets closed higher on Thursday, with the Japanese benchmark index leading gains across the region on the back of a weaker yen.
Most major Asia markets ended higher Tuesday, shrugging off after a lower finish in U.S. equities overnight ahead of earnings season.
Asia markets ended mixed on Friday, with the Nikkei 225 reversing losses to trade up over 1 percent on the back of a relatively weaker yen.