Australian shares inched up 0.2 percent as investors turned their eyes toward the U.S. corporate earnings season.
The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index finished the day 10.2 points higher at 4,719.7. The index fell 0.3 percent last week.
The banking sector was mixed, with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and National Australia Bank leading gains by 0.4 percent each while Westpac lost 0.4 percent.
Miners also finished the session with mixed results. Global iron ore producer BHP Billiton fell 0.3 percent while Rio Tinto managed to end up 0.09 percent. Fortescue Metals lost 0.2 percent.
Australia's largest steelmaker, BlueScope Steel, fell 0.3 percent after it announced 170 job cuts and reduced production in its cold rolling, metal coated and painted steel production in Western Port.
Australia's Altona Mining dropped 10.7 percent after announcing it may sell its Roseby copper project or seek to merge with another firm after global miner Xstrata decided not to buy into Roseby in Queensland state.
New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index finished up 0.5 percent to 4,153.9 points.
Over in Southeast Asia, Singapore's Straits Times Index ended 0.3 percent lower after the government launched sweeping measures to cool the housing market, where property prices have soared to record highs due to low interest rates and huge demand from real estate speculators.
Shares in major developers CapitaLand lost more than 4 percent, while Keppel Land and City Developments both shed over 6 percent.
Meanwhile, Malaysia's KLCI Composite Index closed up 0.1 percent.
India's BSE Index ended up 1.4 percent, marking its highest close since January 6, 2011, while the 50-share NSE Index finished 1.2 percent higher.