Asian stocks ended mixed on Monday, as oil prices rallied on supply outages in Canada and amid surprise over the exit of Saudi Arabia's veteran oil minister Ali al-Naimi.
Investors were also digesting China's weaker trade figures released Sunday, and mulling Federal Reserve interest rate expectations after U.S. non-farm payrolls on Friday showed a slide in the headline job number to 160,000.
Down Under, the S&P/ASX 200 index closed up 0.54 percent, or 28.65 points to 5,320.7, after wavering between gains and losses earlier in the session. The ASX 200's materials sub-index was down 0.56 percent, but energy and financials sub-indexes were up 1.18 percent and 0.63 percent effectively.
Mainland China markets fell in Asian trade; the Shanghai composite closed down 2.76 percent, or 80.339 points at 2,832.91, while the Shenzhen composite ended the session lower by 3.59 percent, or 67.265 points to 1,804.34. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index closed up 0.23 percent, or 46.94 points, at 20,156.81.
Japan's Nikkei 225 finished the session higher by 0.68 percent, or 109.31 points, at 16,216.03. The dollar/yen pair was trading up 0.37 percent at 107.52. A weaker yen is generally better for Japanese manufacturers, because it makes their products cheaper for overseas buyers.
The Bank of Japan minutes released on Monday had shown that policymakers agreed that the economy was recovering, but some policymakers warned of weaker consumer sentiment, and cast doubts over the effectiveness of negative interest rates, Reuters reported.
Across the Korean Strait, South Korea's Kospi index closed down 0.45 percent, or 8.9 points at 1,967.81, was down 0.53 percent on its first day of trade after being shut on Thursday and Friday for public holidays.