The stock markets in mainland China, Japan and South Korea are closed on Monday for holidays.
The Federal Reserve may indicate 'tapering' of bond purchases which could be negative for emerging markets. The default of Chinese large reality player 'Evergrande’ also saw indices weak with the sentiment on the caution side.
Wall Street equities remained volatile last week on growing concerns from rising delta variant of Coronavirus cases and all three indices extended weekly losses to the tune of 0.1%-0.6%. Economic data during the week was mixed.
For the current week, the Federal Reserve policy meeting outcome on Wednesday will be crucial for market direction. Additionally, the speech of Fed Chairman Powell on Friday will be in focus. However, the USA market is expected to trade sideways with a downward bias mainly on the emerging possibility of earnings cuts.
Meanwhile, oil prices were lower in the morning of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures slipping 0.58% to $74.90 per barrel. U.S. crude futures shed 0.74% to $71.44 per barrel.
Further, gold was down on Monday morning in Asia, hitting a more than five-week low. Gold futures were down 0.31% to $1,746.05 after hitting $1,741.8, their lowest level since Aug. 12, earlier in the session.