Asian stocks extended their recovery into the final trading day of the week as investors cheered a second day of gains in Chinese and U.S. markets.
China's benchmark Shanghai composite ended 5 percent higher, with gains accelerating in the final half-hour of trade. Friday's rally followed a 5.4 percent gain on Thursday amid reports late in the session that the People's Bank of China purchased blue-chip stocks and requested that state-owned banks buy more yuan on its behalf. Despite the stellar gains, the index still ended the week down 7.8 percent.
David Cui, head of China equity strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, told CNBC that there was likely more intervention on Friday.
"There still aren't enough genuine buyers in the market so the government is really the buyer of last resort. As soon as people sense the government's resolve to hold up the market is weakening, investors will dump stocks."
Shanghai's gains were also underpinned by news that pension funds will invest $313 billion in stocks and other assets as soon as possible, according to remarks by China's Vice Minister of Human Resources and Social Security on Friday.
Meanwhile, Wall Street's more than 2 percent gains on Thursday brought indices out of correction territory thanks to a strong revised estimate of second-quarter gross domestic product.
Higher oil prices also contributed to the positive mood in Asia. Brent and Nymex extended gains on Friday after posting their biggest daily rally in six years overnight, helped by the prospect of lower Nigerian crude exports.
To be sure, overall sentiment still remains fragile amid conflicting comments from Federal Reserve officials at a key meeting of central bankers at Jackson Hole. Kansas Fed President Esther George told CNBC on Thursday that interest rates should be normalized in September, one day after New York Fed chief William Dudley said a interest rake hike next month seemed less compelling.