Singapore – Hong Kong Hang Seng Index He led gains among major Asia Pacific markets on Monday as Chinese technology shares jumped in the city.
Markets in mainland China are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays this week for holidays.
The Nikkei 225 Japanese stocks were trading slightly higher with SoftBank Group shares up 3.76%. Topix is up 0.16%.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan was trading at 0.4%.
The US dollar indexwhich measures the US currency against a basket of peers, was at 98.587, compared to levels below 98 seen in late March.
The Japanese Yen It traded at 122.41 per dollar, stronger than the levels above 124 seen against the dollar last week. The Australian dollar It was at $0.7499, having traded in a range between $0.747 and $0.753 for most of the past week.
Oil prices were lower in the morning of Asian trading hours, with the international standard Brent crude futures contracts It fell 0.67% to $103.69 a barrel. US crude futures contracts It fell 0.59% to $98.68 a barrel.
CNBC’s Patti Doom contributed to this report.
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