(MENAFN - AFP) Asian markets mostly rose on Monday, with sentiment buoyed by last week's deal in Washington to avert a default as well as a record close on Wall Street.
Tokyo's Nikkei index rose 0.91 percent, or 132.03 points, to 14,693.57, while the Topix index of first-section shares rose 0.57 percent, or 6.84 points, to 1,212.36.
"The 16-day US government shutdown had prevented the release of key data -- none more critical than jobs figures," Hiroichi Nishi, general manager of equities at SMBC Nikko Securities, told Dow Jones Newswires.
Nishi added that while the push for more profit-taking remains strong after the Nikkei rose for seven straight sessions before falling modestly Friday, many investors are awaiting fresh buying cues.
Investors largely shrugged off finance ministry data published earlier Monday that showed Japan logged a record run of monthly trade deficits after the country's energy bill soared in September.
Toyota gained 0.31 percent to 6,300 yen, Honda rose 0.25 percent to 3,950 yen, Panasonic added 0.85 percent to 949 yen and NEC gained 0.86 percent to 232 yen.
Sony bucked the market's upward trend, slipping 0.46 percent to 1,921 yen.
Tokyo Electric Power fell 1.34 percent to 515 yen after heavy rain at its Fukushima nuclear plant caused a leak of radioactive water containing a cancer-causing isotope, possibly into the sea.
The Seoul index was flat, edging up 0.61 points to 2,053.0 and Sydney advanced 0.57 percent, or 30.3 points, to 5,351.8.
Shanghai jumped 1.62 percent, or 35.46 points, to 2,229.24 and Hong Kong added 0.42 percent, or 98.05 points, to close at 23,438.15.
In forex trade the yen eased after Tokyo announced its trade deficit had expanded 64.1 percent in September to 9.5 billion as energy import costs balloon owing to a weaker currency and the ongoing shutdown of nuclear power stations.
However, there was some good news in the data, which showed exports rose 11.5 percent, helped by a surge in shipments to China as relations thaw despite a territorial dispute with Beijing.
The dollar bought 98.10 yen in afternoon trade against 97.72 yen in New York Friday, while the euro was at 1.3678 and 134.12 yen, compared with 1.3682 and 133.75.
In oil trade New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate for delivery in November, dipped 39 cents to 100.42 a barrel in afternoon trade. Brent North Sea crude for December was down 34 cents at 109.61.
Gold cost 1,318.78 at 0815 GMT compared with 1,321.80 on Friday.
In other markets:
-- Wellington rose 0.92 percent, or 43.97 points, to 4,802.56.
Telecoms firm Chorus climbed 2.0 percent to NZ2.50, Fletcher Building rose 0.1 percent to NZ9.51 and Telecom was steady at NZ2.28.
-- Taipei fell 0.26 percent, or 21.87 points, to 8,419.32.
Chip design house MediaTek fell 0.89 percent to Tw391.5 while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. was unchanged at Tw110.0.
-- Manila fell 0.16 percent down, or 10.27 points, to 6,597.56.
Metropolitan Bank and Trust fell 2.8 percent to 89.40 pesos and Ayala Land dropped 0.77 percent to 2,834 pesos.