Asian equity markets rose on the final trading day of the week, but geopolitical risks in Thailand and Ukraine remained firmly in focus.
Thailand's benchmark SET stock index fell 0.6 percent while the Thai baht was 0.2 percent higher against the dollar after the country's army chief seized control of the government in a bloodless coup late on Thursday. The move came two days after he declared martial law, saying that the military had to intervene in order to end the country's six-month old political deadlock.
"We watch this space carefully for more details to emerge from the military on the time-line for elections. International pressures against the coup are mounting as U.S. has warned of 'negative implications', Japan has said it is 'regrettable' and many others 'concerned,' said Vishnu Varathan, senior economist at Mizuho Bank.