U.S. stock-market indexes closed higher Monday, as investors adjusted expectations around a widely anticipated rate cut by the Federal Reserve at the end of the month and began wading through a sea of corporate results after a strong start to earnings season.
The Dow rose point-1 percent while the S&P 500 advanced point - 3 percent and the Nasdaq Composite seven-tenths of a percent.
South Korean shares ended flat on Monday, after trading in a narrow range, as investors were cautious about sluggish exports and trends emerging from corporate earnings.
The KOSPI closed down point-0-5 percent while the tech heavy KOSDAQ
Oil prices rose more than 1-percent on Monday, as investors worried about possible supply disruptions in the energy-rich Middle East after Iran’s seizure of a British tanker last week.
Brent crude futures climbed 79 cents to settle at 63-26 a barrel while the WTI crude settled up 59 cents at 56-22 a barrel.