Asian shares were mostly higher in muted trading Monday

Asian shares were mostly higher in muted trading Monday, as worries about the pandemic kept optimism in check despite a rally that closed out last week on Wall Street.

Asian Shares

  • Investors growing wary over upcoming earnings reports have been cashing in recent gains, helping pull Japanese shares lower.
  • Tokyo’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 0.3% to 23,543.95.
  • Big exporters logged some of the largest losses, with Toyota Motor Corp. falling 0.6% and Honda Motor Co. shedding 1.8%.

Oil Prices

  • In energy trading, benchmark U.S. crude lost 35 cents to $40.25 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It lost 59 cents to $40.60 per barrel on Friday.
  • Brent crude, the international standard, fell 37 cents to $42.48 a barrel.

Currency Markets

  • The U.S. dollar rose to 105.54 Japanese yen from 105.53 yen last Friday.
  • . The euro slipped to $1.1821, from $1.1824.

 

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