Asian equity markets ended mixed on Monday due to geopolitical tensions and weak economic data from the world's two largest economies.
The U.S. added 209,000 jobs last month, below expectations for 233,000, while the jobless rate rose to 6.2 percent from 6.1 percent, which saw the S&P 500 post its worst weekly loss since June 2012. Meanwhile, data over the weekend showed growth in
Meanwhile, Israel declared a humanitarian truce for most of the Gaza Strip for seven hours on Monday after attacking another United Nations-run school over the weekend, which prompted another outpouring of condemnation against Tel Aviv.
But news that Portugal's central bank will spend $6.6 billion to rescue troubled Banco Espirito Santo (BES) and split it into a 'good' and 'bad' bank helped to boost sentiment in Asia.