Asian markets finished broadly in positive territory Monday, with Singapore seeing the best of the day's gains. Japan and South Korea both finished higher but Australia gave up earlier gains to close just a touch lower.
Markets in Hong Kong and China were closed for a holiday. Hong Kong reopens Tuesday while Chinese markets resume trading October 8.
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 Average ended slightly higher, as Sony and other large-cap stocks gained after the Bank of Japan's tankan survey showed optimism, but IHI tumbled after slashing its annual earnings outlook, bringing down other machinery shares. The tankan's headline diffusion index for big manufacturers' sentiment was plus 23, slightly above the market's median forecast of plus 22 and matching the previous survey's reading in