Asian stocks trade mixed following firm United States lead as investors await earnings

Key Asian indices ticked higher today, taking cues from gains in United States markets, with investors awaiting regional corporate earnings that would start later in the week.

On the mainland, the Shanghai Composite edged down 0.07% and the Shenzhen Composite declined 0.36%.

Advertisment Asian stock markets ended higher Monday fueled by last weeks gains on Wall Street as traders looked ahead to data releases from China, Japan and the Eurozone. Gold producers, meanwhile, took a tumble, with the All Ordinaries Gold index falling by 0.93 percent. Gains in retailers and steelmakers were offset by losses in several heavyweight technology names. Blue chips Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix, however, lost 0.08% and 1.26%, respectively. The talks are expected to focus on the upcoming Winter Olympics hosted by South Korea and inter-Korean ties, Reuters said, citing a government spokesman.

Japanese markets were closed for a holiday while the Hong Kong Hang Seng shed 0.1 percent to 30,790.06, supported by a jump in Chinese property developers.

Market participants also China's inflation and trade data, and consumer prices and retail sales data out of the U.S., all due on Friday.

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Just 148,000 jobs were added in the US last month, according to government data, compared to the 190,000 increase projected in a Reuters poll.

Greater China markets were little changed in the early going.

On the currency front, the greenback remained on the back foot against a basket of currencies.

The Australian dollar was mostly steady at USD 0.7859.

Oil was slightly firmer after slipping in the previous trading session on the back of higher United States production. Oil prices had soared to their highest levels since May 2015 earlier last week. West Texas Intermediate tacked on 0.29 percent to trade at $61.62 a barrel and Brent crude futures added 0.18 percent to trade at $67.74.

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