While non-performing loan ratios crept up in the Chinese bank sector, recent results reflect a stabilization in asset deterioration, an analyst said.
Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection, while ramping up health screenings and mosquito control efforts.
Japanese shares climbed, boosted by a weaker yen, while other Asia markets put in a mixed performance on Monday.
Inflation is expected to come in lower, which should keep India's interest rates softer for the next three quarters, says Motilal Oswal's Raamdeo Agrawal.
The all-important U.S. non-farm payrolls report and manufacturing surveys from China are expected to drive investor sentiment this week.
The newly resurgent dollar pressured Asian currencies as markets revived bets that the Fed could possibly raise interest rates as soon as next month.
The market liked that the Prada management's guidance showed improvements ahead, says GEO Securities' Francis Lun.
Launching satellites into space could get even cheaper very soon.
The market will remain dubious about a September Fed rate increase mainly because of the U.S. elections, says Taurus Wealth Advisors' Mandeep Nalwa.
RMIT University's Graham Wild discusses key points in new US drone rules that come into effect Monday, noting that they can pave the way for drone deliveries.