SYDNEY, Australia - Stocks in China and Japan advanced on Monday, while in Australia the key index sagged.
The U.S. dollar continued weakening, sending the euro up towards 1.1300.
At the close of trading Monday in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 was ahead 42.40 points or 0.20% at 21,685.90.
In China, the Shanghai Composite rose 11.64 points or 0.40% to 2,942.19.
The Hang Seng in Hong Kong was up 83.26 points or 0.29% to 28,554.88.
Going against the trend, the Australian All Ordinaries fell 42.60 points or 0.63% to 6,746.20.
The euro rose to 12.77 in Asia on Monday. The British pound edged higher to 1.2549. The Japanese yen climbed to 107.92.
The Swiss franc firmed to 0.9824. The Canadian dollar appreciated to 1.3029. The Australian dollar rose to 0.7029. The New Zealand dollar advanced to 0.6727.