China's June consumer inflation grew at its slowest since January, while producer prices extended falls, reinforcing expectations for more stimulus.
The dollar traded in a back-and-forth range after the U.S. June jobs report easily beat expectations.
Since Brexit, markets have largely forgotten about the pessimism surrounding China and its financial markets, notes Mark Tinker of AXA Investment Managers.
Sterling rebounded on Thursday after falling two straight days.
China's economy is expected to stabilize, which will be a catalyst for the Hong Kong market, says Haitong Intl Securities Group's Kevin Leung.
The opportunities are in Asian firms with domestic growth drivers that don't rely on macroeconomic trends, says Fidelity International's Medha Samant.
Market sell-off triggers include a contagion effect from weaker European growth and a yuan devaluation, says OCBC Bank's Vasu Menon.
The safe-haven yen hit a 3-1/2 year high against sterling on fears about the impact of Brexit.
The Japanese yen rose almost 1 percent against the euro and dollar while sterling fell to new long-term lows.
A fresh reading on China's services sector for June showed the mainland's rebalancing away from the manufacturing sector was continuing apace.
There are good investing opportunities in the previously oversold Japanese market and U.S. banks, notes Manulife Asset Management's Geoff Lewis.
The Aussie recovered from a wobbly start as commodities rose on expectations that central banks are likely to provide more stimulus.
The Bank of Israel bought "hundreds of millions" of dollars of foreign currency, dealers said, after the shekel continued to strengthen.
China has suffered from outflows from its foreign reserves for months. Goldman Sachs and Standard & Poor's can't agree why.
S&P Global Ratings' Paul Gruenwald says London was actually China's European offshore center for the renminbi but that could change post-Brexit.
The U.S. dollar tumbled against the safe-haven yen Friday amid uncertainty over the fallout from Britain's vote to exit the EU.
China's twin PMIs were concerning, but the economy is expected to accelerate as the yuan depreciates, says Complete Intelligence's Tony Nash.
China's manufacturing data were disappointing, and Beijing will likely have to introduce fiscal stimulus and cut interest rates, says Commerzbank's Hao Zhou.
Manufacturing momentum in the world's number two economy skidded to a four-month low in June, according to twin surveys released on Friday.
If Beijing really wanted to weaken the currency, the downward moves would be more significant, says Fraser Howie, an independent analyst.