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.
- 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%.
- 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.
- 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.