Asian shares mostly rise on a quiet Friday, with China's benchmark Shanghai Composite index edging up to its highest close since January 2008.
However, nervousness over Greece's debt negotiations and a fall in crude oil prices tempered risk sentiment. On Thursday, the standoff between Greece and its creditors seemed to have worsened when the International Monetary Fund announced that its delegation had left negotiations in Brussels due to "major differences" with Athens over how to save the country from bankruptcy.
"Regional investors are a bit unsure about how Greece will play out. There are reports making the rounds suggesting the German government is preparing for a Greek bankruptcy. As a result, some investors would be unwilling to be overexposed heading into the weekend," Stan Shamu, IG's market strategist, wrote in a note.
Overnight, U.S. stocks ended up slightly, as a positive retail sales report helped to offset negative news out of Greece. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 added 0.2 percent each, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq ticked up 0.1 percent.