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Japan Stocks Set for Positive Start; Major Asia-Pacific Markets Closed


  • Japan’s industrial production data for April is expected at 12:30 p.m. HK/SIN on Monday.
  • Markets in Australia, mainland China and Hong Kong are closed on Monday for holidays.

SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed in Monday morning trade, with multiple major markets in the region closed for holidays.

In Japan, Nikkei 225 rose 0.45% in early trade while the Topix index gained 0.25%. South Korea’s Kospi dipped fractionally.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded 0.13% lower.

Looking ahead, Japan’s industrial production data for April is expected at 12:30 p.m. HK/SIN on Monday.

Markets in Australia, mainland China and Hong Kong are closed on Monday for holidays.

Currencies and oil

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 90.504 following a recent climb past the 90.3 level.

The Japanese yen traded at 109.73 per dollar, weaker than levels below 109.5 seen against the greenback last week. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7703 after falling from above $0.774 late last week.

Oil prices were little changed in the morning of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures up fractionally at $72.73 per barrel. U.S. crude futures hovered above the flatline, trading at $70.92 per barrel.

Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

  • Japan: Industrial production data for April at 12:30 p.m. HK/SIN



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