Lee Yen Nee is a correspondent for CNBC digital based in Singapore, covering a range of business topics from around the region, including banks and macroeconomics. She is no stranger to the business reporting scene, having worked previously at Thomson Reuters and Singapore's daily newspaper TODAY.
Investors can expect greater clarity on how China's banking system is holding up against the slew of regulatory actions to reign in risks from rising debt.
All three Singapore banks beat or generally met earnings expectations, but shares took a hit on weakness in the oil and gas sector.
The Reserve Bank of India was expected to trim its main policy rate by 25 bps to 6 percent Wednesday as inflation continued to miss targets.
The Reserve Bank of Australia kept its benchmark cash rate at a record low of 1.5 percent for the 12th straight month.
HSBC announced a $2 billion share buyback after reporting a 5 percent year-on-year increase in pre-tax profit to $10.24 billion in the first half of 2017.
Banking stocks in Singapore, one of the world's top financial hubs, rallied on Thursday after OCBC reported quarterly earnings that handily beat estimates.
Advances in scientific research should help to locate missing MH370, which vanished more than three years ago, Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew says.
The increase in home buying activity in Singapore has boosted demand for loans, which may be a key earnings driver for the country's three banks this year.
Malaysia's improving economy and strengthening currency have attracted foreign investors, experts said at the Invest Malaysia 2017 conference on Thursday.
Some experts said they expected the BOJ to lower its inflation forecast in a continued battle with stubbornly weak price growth.