Asia markets were largely positive on the final trading day of the week, as stocks of semiconductor-related companies and Apple suppliers jumped.
Down Under, the ASX 200 climbed 0.6 percent to close at 6,165.3 with its major banks seeing gains, as AMP shares recovered from their earlier slump to end the trading week higher by 0.32 percent.
In Greater China markets, the Hang Seng index extended its gains from yesterday to close higher by 0.97 percent at 27,277.16. Over on the mainland, however, markets bucked the overall positive trend. The Shanghai composite slid by 0.18 percent to close at 2,681.65 while the Shenzhen composite ended 0.782 percent lower at 1,402.51.
The moves in the region came after China reported that its fixed asset investment growth in the first eight months of 2018 had reached a new low, despite official industrial output and retail sales data coming in above expectations.