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

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, +1.46% 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, +3.82% and Sony 6758, +2.83% were about 3% higher. Oil names opened lower, with crude distributor JXTG 5020, +0.40% down 0.8% after jumping a combined 4.7% Thursday and Friday while and producer Inpex 1605, +0.04% shedded 2.1% to erase the gains seen during a three-day rebound through Friday.

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