It was a dismal session for Asian stocks Monday, with markets dragged down by financial counters. Japan finished almost 4% lower. South Korea shed nearly 3% and Australia declined for the 11th straight session, down 2.9%.
Most Asian markets managed to bounce back and close higher Friday, except for India's Sensex index which closed down by more than 3 percent.
Asian stocks closed mixed after a volatile trading session Thursday as investors flitted between profit-taking and bargain-hunting. Japan finished 2 percent higher -- it was down almost 1 percent at one point -- but Australia closed lower for the ninth straight session.
Asian markets took a severe beating Wednesday on growing concern the U.S. economy would slump into a prolonged recession. Hong Kong's Hang Seng ended 5.4 percent lower and Japan's Nikkei index plunged over 3 percent. Even the best performing of the benchmark indexes, the Bombay Sensex, suffered a loss of 1.8 percent.
Asian markets reversed gains, finishing in negative territory Tuesday with both Japan and South Korea closing down 1 percent and Hong Kong losing 2.4 percent . The Nikkei sank below the key 14,000 support level while the KOSPI finished at five-month lows.
Asian markets ended mostly lower Monday, while the price of gold hit a new record high above $900 a troy ounce as investors sought protection against a potential U.S. recession and a weaker dollar. Hong Kong stocks closed 1.5 percent lower and South Korean shares lost almost 1 percent.
Asian markets closed sharply lower Friday, with the exception of China and India, as investors sold down shares after report in the New York Times that Merrill Lynch could suffer $15 billion in losses from soured mortgage investments, almost twice its orginal estimate. Japan shed almost 2 percent and South Korea finished 2.3 percent lower.
Asian markets were mostly lower in the afternoon session Thursday, on worries about global growth after Goldman Sachs forecast a U.S. recession this year. Both Japan and South Korea closed over 1 percent lower.
Asian markets rebounded in the afternoon session Wednesday after initially falling to three-week lows on the back of Wall Street's dismal performance Tuesday. Both Japan and South Korea clawed back into positive territory to finish the session stronger.
Most Asian markets were edging higher in the afternoon session Tuesday following recent falls. Japan managed to finish slightly higher after spending most of the day in negative territory. But South Korea closed lower.
Asian stocks continued the negative start to the year Monday as many indexes sank to two-week lows, but Chinese and Indian indexes managed robust gains. Taiwan's TIAEX closed over 4 percent lower and Singapore' Straits Times Index ended 2.5 percent down.
Japanese stocks tumbled as much as 5 percent on Friday, the first trading day in a week, as growing worries about the U.S. economy battered Wall Street.
Asian stock indexes finished lower across the board Thursday, with the exception of the Shanghai Composite Index, as investors were spooked by the surprise contraction in U.S. manufacturing, and the impact of record oil prices on global growth.
Asian markets kicked off the new year under pressure on worries about a slowing global economy. But oil and gold prices continued to edge higher approaching record highs.
Asian stocks were mostly higher Monday in thin holiday trading, with most investors away to usher in the new year. But Pakistan's shares slid in its first reaction to the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto whose death last week plunged the country into one of its deepest crises.
Most Asian markets closed lower Friday as investors were rattled by the assassination of Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, and data pointed to continuing economic weakness in the United States.
Asian closed mixed, with some boosted by resources companies such as BHP Billiton as oil and commodities prices firmed. But Tokyo closed down, staying on course to end the year as the world's worst performing major stock market.
Asian stocks were mostly higher in the afternoon session Wednesday. Trade was thin as many investors were away for Christmas holidays. Japan closed higher be South Korea declined. Other Asian markets including Australia and Hong Kong were shut, and many markets in Europe will also be closed.
Japanese stocks closed at their highest in nearly two weeks Tuesday as investors picked up recently pressured shares such as Sony, encouraged by a softening yen and after news from Merrill Lynch prompted a rally on Wall Street.
Asian markets rallied on the Christmas Eve Monday, lifted by technology and bank stocks as stronger-than-expected U.S. consumer spending calmed fears the world's top economy was heading into a recession.