Most major Asia markets ended higher Tuesday, shrugging off after a lower finish in U.S. equities overnight ahead of earnings season.
Australia's ASX 200 added 44.11 points, or 0.89 percent, to 4,975.64, boosted by a 1.73 percent gain in the heavily-weighted financials subindex. The country's so-called Big Four banks - ANZ, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac and NAB - traded up between 1.3 and 2.49 percent. In recent weeks, the banking stocks had come under pressure over concerns of bad debts due to their exposure to the energy and resources sectors.
Japan's Nikkei 225 closed up 177.66 points, or 1.13 percent, at 15,928.79, buoyed by the yen's retreat back to the 108 handle against the dollar. Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi advanced 10.95 points, or 0.56 percent, to 1,981.32. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index added 63.63 points, or 0.31 percent, to 20504.44.