In another holiday-shortened trading week for some parts of Asia, investors will likely remain on their toes with a barrage of economic indicators due from the region's top four economies.
Hong Kong and Taiwan celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with public holidays on Monday, while markets in South Korea reopen on Wednesday after a five-day weekend for the Chuseok holiday. Meanwhile, China and Hong Kong will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the Golden Week holiday.
Attention will likely fall squarely on the readings of China's mammoth manufacturing sector, set to be announced on Thursday, after a preliminary figure published last Wednesday painted a worrying picture of the economy. The preliminary Caixin China manufacturing purchasing managers' index touched a six-and-half-year low of 47.0 in September.
The official manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) will be unveiled at 9am local time, while the final Caixin/Markit PMI is due 45 minutes later.
"This continued slowdown in China is very much a combination of the downturn in real estate and export weakness. This is [an] extremely subdued period for all the industrial firms in China and to be honest, the [sector] isn't going to see a sharp pick-up soon," Louis Kuijs, head of Asia economics at Oxford Economics, said.
Meanwhile, investors in Hong Kong may be on edge as Monday marks the first anniversary of the 79-day Occupy Central protests that put the bustling city on a halt last year. According to local media reports, there are plans for a silent rally outside the special administrative region's (SAR) government headquarters in Admiralty.
"It is too early to tell [because] it depends on the scale of protests. If they are going to be short term then there won't be a lasting impact on stock markets," IG market strategist Bernard Aw told CNBC by phone on Friday.