Commodity-related shares led Asian stocks higher Wednesday, snapping a two-day decline, after metals and oil prices rallied on a decline in the U.S. dollar and as hopes grew for stronger Chinese industrial demand.
Asian shares fell Tuesday for a second consecutive session as investors worried that a recent rally may be overdone, though oil prices extended gains ahead of data this week expected to show a fall in U.S. crude inventories.
Asian markets were mostly higher Monday after smaller than expected U.S. job losses suggested a recovery is under way, while government bonds slid as investors speculated central banks may have to raise interest rates sooner than previously thought.
South Korea's central bank on Friday downplayed hopes for an early recovery in Asia's fourth-largest economy, saying a rebound in the first quarter owed almost wholly to fiscal stimulus spending.
Asian stocks rose Friday as hopes for a global economic recovery drove up appetite for riskier assets, but traders were cautious ahead of U.S. monthly job data. Resource shares were among the leading gainers after oil prices surged to a seven-month high on hopes that the global recession had bottomed out.
Asian markets slipped Thursday, after disappointing U.S. private employment and services sector data led investors to trim over extended bets and look for better points to buy again.
Asian stocks hovered close to eight-month highs Wednesday, pausing for breath after rallying on optimism that the global economy is through the worst, while the dollar struggled near its latest set of lows for the year.
Improving global manufacturing data lifted some Asian markets Tuesday, bringing a regional index near to levels before the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September, but the pace of gains slowed as investors weighed how much longer a heady, three-month rally will last.
South Korea's foreign exchange reserves reported their biggest monthly rise ever in May, central bank data showed on Tuesday.
Asian markets shot to eight-month highs Monday after a gauge of China's manufacturing activity offered fresh evidence of a recovery in the world's third-largest economy.
South Korean exports and imports in May both dropped more than expected, data showed on Monday, dampening growing hopes for an early recovery in Asia's fourth-largest economy.
Asian markets were mostly higher Friday, but lagging Wall Street's rise after some solid gains earlier in the week. Higher commodity prices also supported mining and energy-related stocks in Asia, though investors were reluctant to take big bets on increasingly expensive shares until more evidence emerged of a sustained recovery.
South Korean manufacturers' assessment of the business outlook for June hit an eight-month high, data showed on Friday, indicating the economy had passed its trough.
Asian markets were mixed Thursday in choppy trade as concerns grew that rising yields on U.S. government debt could push up borrowing costs and choke off a potential recovery in the world's largest economy. South Korea though managed a 2 percent jump later in the session.
South Korea's current account surplus slightly fell in April from a record high during the previous month as a rebound in the won increased overseas travel, central bank data showed on Thursday.
Asian markets rose Wednesday to their highest level in more than seven months after a jump in U.S. consumer confidence reinforced expectations the global economy has hit a bottom, even if recovery appears fragile.
Asian markets edged lower Tuesday with stocks in Seoul ending the session down 2 percent after North Korea threatened to launch more missiles while investor doubts about the world economy kept riskier assets such as the euro under pressure.
South Korea's key consumer sentiment measure rose to its highest in nearly two years in May, adding to hopes for an early recovery in Asia's fourth-largest economy.
Asian markets were mixed in extremely choppy trade Monday with South Korean stocks and the won tumbling after North Korea said it had conducted a nuclear test. This hit regional shares, which were trading higher until the news, stirring caution among investors.
Asian markets were mostly lower Friday with the U.S. dollar falling to its weakest in almost five months against major currencies on investor worries that the United States would lose its AAA rating.