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Australia took a double-whammy from record-low interest rates and commodity-price drops, but the selloff has left its market attractive to yield chasers.
Asian stock markets enjoyed an upbeat session on Friday, but volatile trade played out in Shanghai, with the benchmark index closing down 0.2 percent after jumping to a more than 4-year high.
Asian equity markets raked in gains on Thursday, as the fall in oil prices abated, while a positive finish on Wall Street overnight lifted trading sentiment.
On the first trading session of 2015, Asian equities were quiet on the back of a lack of foreign cues and economic data releases.
Fresh anxiety over the turmoil in oil markets and political uncertainty in Greece dragged most Asian indices lower on Tuesday, with Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong hitting new lows. Wall Street's mixed finish overnight did little to lift trading sentiment.
On the last trading session before Christmas, Asian indices largely rose, with the exception of China, as a strong U.S. growth report card revived risk sentiment.
The U.S. dollar rose against major currencies for a third session on diverging monetary policy between the Federal Reserve and other central banks.
Asian indices were mostly lower on Wednesday as sluggish economic data from China spooked markets that were already under strain from political uncertainty in Greece and a rout in oil prices.
Asian equities were mostly higher on Monday as investors brushed off weak data, with China's benchmark index rising to a three-year high.
Major Australian banks will need as much as A$48 billion to move to the top quartile of global banks, to ensure they can survive a financial crisis.
The U.S. dollar reached fresh multiyear highs on Friday after a stronger-than-forecast November U.S. jobs report.
Abbott falters on infrastructure pledge, and risks becoming the first Australian premier to preside over a recession since the early 1990s.
Asian indices traded mostly higher in Friday's afternoon session, after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament's lower house.
A trade deal signed with great fanfare between China and Australia may not provide Australia with the economic boost that many anticipate.
Asian markets were mixed on the first trading day of the week.
Asian markets traded mixed on Thursday, with Tokyo continuing to outperform on speculations of a delayed sales tax hike and snap elections.
Wednesday's trading session saw a mixed picture in Asia, with Tokyo shares stealing the limelight to finish at a 7-year high.
Asian bourses were mixed on Monday, with China outperforming after a new launch date was announced for an anticipated cross-border trading link.
Asia equities were mixed on Thursday as caution over a European Central Bank (ECB) meeting overshadowed record gains on Wall Street.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia posted a near 10 percent rise in first-quarter cash profits on Wednesday as demand for home loans remained strong.