Thailand's ruling junta said it had lifted martial law, but it invoked a clause meaning the military retains broad powers.
The Japanese yen and Australian dollar are likely to buckle when the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, analysts say.
China's newly announced deposit insurance scheme could spur competition among the country's smallest lenders.
As India launches an $18B plan to spread the information revolution to its provinces, it faces power cuts, badly planned, congestion and monkeys.
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Mark Matthews, head of Research Asia at Bank Julius Baer, says Asian stocks shrugged off the unimpressive lead from Wall Street overnight due to factors like strong PMI data from Europe.
John Bruce, director of Operations, Macau at Hill & Associates, says the mass market is holding up despite China's anti-graft drive and expects new properties opening later this year to be a boost for Macau.
John Buckingham, chief investment officer at Al Frank Asset Management, says the first-quarter results from Corporate America is unlikely to see "tremendous surprises" and advises investors to focus on earnings guidance.