Asia Markets: Asian markets gain, with Toyota and Sony boosting Nikkei

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It was nice start for Asian stocks on Monday, led by Japan, following end-of-week gains in the U.S. after another solid jobs report.

The Nikkei NIK, +1.29%   was up an early 1.2%, helped by declines in the yen; the greenback USDJPY, +0.11%   was last around ¥109.70 versus ¥109.08 when Friday’s local stock trading wrapped. Big exporters Toyota 7203, +3.61%   and Sony 6758, +2.81%   were about 3% higher. Oil names opened lower, with crude distributor JXTG 5020, +0.13%   down 0.8% after jumping a combined 4.7% Thursday and Friday while and producer Inpex 1605, -1.87%   shedded 2.1% to erase the gains seen during a three-day rebound through Friday. Brent oil LCOQ8, -0.30%  retreated 1% Friday and was off a further 0.3% Monday morning

Meanwhile, indexes in South Korea SEU, +0.35%   and Australia XJO, +0.68%   started with 0.4% advances, with the latter’s benchmark having fallen for three straight weeks. New Zealand’s markets are closed for a holiday.

Singapore stocks also opened solidly higher amid broad optimism in the region after Friday’s post-jobs gains in the U.S. After three straight declines, the Straits Times Index STI, +0.62%   was up 0.7% with banks and property stocks early outperformers, rising more than 1%.

Malaysian stocks FBMKLCI, -0.18%   opened lower, contrasting early gains elsewhere in Asia, as the market paused following two days of roughly 1% gains.