HONG KONG: Asian markets climbed on Tuesday and the euro clawed back some of its losses as dealers took a breather from a recent heavy sell-off caused by concerns over the eurozone.
Tokyo rose 0.75 percent as the yen lost some of its recent strength, Hong Kong was 1.03 percent up, Shanghai gained 0.52 percent, Sydney added 1.37 percent and Seoul climbed 0.68 percent.
With little to drive sentiment after the weekend analysts said there was an opportunity to buy after most regional bourses fell into negative territory for the first time in 2012.
The "mostly flat performance in New York, and a pause in the yen's strength are likely to invite some buying" on Tuesday, Rakuten Securities senior market analyst Masayuki Doshida said.
But jitters over the eurozone debt situation and concerns over the state of the global economy are likely to weigh on sentiment, Doshida told Dow Jones Newswires, signalling that any gains may be limited.
On Wall Street the Dow fell 0.14 percent, the S&P 500 was flat and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.46 percent.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called at the weekend for a banking union in Europe, which would be able to provide aid to lenders, especially in Spain, a move that was picking up support in France and at the European Central Bank (ECB). However, Germany remained strongly opposed for the moment.
Global markets have been hammered since the start of May as Europe's debt troubles returned after a Greek general election saw a strong showing for anti-austerity parties, while Spain's bank crisis has left the already creaking economy teetering.
Market players will be looking to the result of a conference call later in the day between the Group of Seven finance ministers to discuss Europe's crisis, in particular Spain's travails.
In Europe the ECB will hold a rate-setting meeting Wednesday, with investors looking to see if it will announce any moves to kickstart the region's stuttering economy.