Asian indices traded mixed on Monday amid a lack of fresh market-moving events as most foreign markets were closed for the Easter Monday holiday.
Chinese stocks were lower on the day amid speculation the government may slow down monetary easing.
Tokyo stocks inched up in sluggish trade as investors were reluctant to pick up stocks amid a lack of positive triggers.
The Japanese markets will be closed from next Monday until May 6.
The Colombo Stock Exchange in Sri Lanka was closed following a series of bombings
on Easter Sunday that killed almost 300 people at churches and top-end hotels.
Equities in India, Indonesia fell sharply weighed down by higher crude oil prices on a report the US will cease to grant sanctions waivers to countries that import oil from Iran.
Markets in the United States finished mixed on Monday following the Easter holiday. The choppy trading on Wall Street came as traders seemed reluctant to make significant moves ahead of the release of a string of corporate earnings throughout the week.
World Markets Headlines Today
Asia markets mixed; oil prices surge on report that US is set to end Iran sanctions waivers (CNBC)
Asian Markets Mostly Higher, Oil Prices Rise (RTT News)
Asian markets finished mixed as of the most recent closing prices (CNN Money)
U.S. Stocks Mixed as Oil Rallies to Six-Month High (Bloomberg)
Stocks Are Trading Mixed Amid Surge in Oil Price (Marketwatch)
U.S. stocks retreat ahead of big internet earnings; crude oil jumps (The Street)
Stock Indices Closing Prices
Japan's Nikkei was up 0.08%. Shanghai's Composite fell 1.70% and Seoul’s KOSPI grew 0.02%. Thailand’s SET finished the day 0.04% in the red while Malaysia's KLCI was unchanged. Taiwan's TWII was higher by 0.18%. India's NIFTY 50 was down 1.35% while the Sensex lost 1.26%.
Bucharest's BET advanced 0.62%.Belgrade's Belex 15 fell 0.11%.Podgorica's MNSE10 ticked down 0.05%. Banja Luka's BIRS lost 0.22%.Istanbul's BIST100 weakened 0.94%.
In the U.S., the Dow Jones fell 0.18% and the S&P 500 added 0.16%. The Nasdaq added 0.10%. Canada's S&P/TSX Composite dropped 0.21%. Brazil's Bovespa ticked up 0.01%. Chile's IPSA was lower by 0.05%.