Confidence returned to Asia's equity markets on Monday, helped by a brighter jobs picture in the U.S and rising commodity prices as demand expectations picked up.
Hong Kong shares shot up to an eight-week high, the Shanghai Composite closed at a two-week high, and Australia's S&P ASX 200 index pared gains after hitting fresh respective highs. However, Seoul's Kospi reversed earlier gains to close down 0.2 percent.
Meanwhile, Malaysian stocks rose to a historic high on Monday after Prime Minister Najib Razak won Sunday's general election.
Japanese financial markets remained closed on Monday for a public holiday and will resume trade on Tuesday.
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