Mainland Chinese stocks posted sharp gains, but that was likely due to bargain-hunting after a sharp fall the day before. The Shanghai Composite Index jumped 1.4 percent to 2,205.5 while the Shenzhen Composite Index gained 2 percent to 936.58.
Markets in Japan were closed for a public holiday.
In commodity markets, the benchmark oil contract for June delivery was up $1.80 to $95.79 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $2.96, or 3.3 percent, on Thursday, the biggest one-day gain for crude since November.
In currencies, the euro rose 0.3 percent to $1.3110, recovering somewhat from sharp losses the day before, when the European Central Bank on Thursday cut interest rates. The dollar rose 1.2 percent against the Japanese yen, to 99.12 yen.
Pamela Sampson in Bangkok contributed to this report.