Asian stocks were mixed on Monday after last week's market turmoil stateside.
Australia's ASX 200, which closed at 11:10 a.m. HK/SIN ahead of the upcoming Christmas holiday, finished the trading day higher by 0.48 percent at 5,493.8, with almost all sectors seeing gains.
The heavily weighted financial subindex saw gains of 0.43 percent, as shares of Australia's so-called Big Four banks rose. Commonwealth Bank of Australia advanced 0.25 percent, Westpac gained 0.13 percent, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group climbed up by 0.26 percent while National Australia Bank rose 0.31 percent.
The Japanese markets were closed for a public holiday.