SYDNEY, NSW, Australia - Stocks were uniformly lower across Asia on Monday.
The Japanese stock market was closed due to a public holiday in tribute to the aged.
In Australia, the All Ordinaries declined 17.70 points or 0.25 percent to 6,957.80.
New Zealand's S&P/NZX 50 shed 48.47 points or 0.42 percent to 11,531.99.
In South Korea, the Kospi Composite fell 27.63 points or 1.16 percent to 2,355.15.
The Hang Seng in Hong Kong dived 195.72 points or 1.04 percent to 18,515.97.
China's Shanghai Composite was off 10.80 points or 0.35 percent at 3,115.60.
The U.S. dollar picked up ground during the Asian trading zone Monday. The euro slipped to 0.9980 by the Sydney close. The British pound sank to 1.1399. The Japanese yen was slightly lower at 143.31. The Swiss franc eased to 0.9677.
The Canadian dollar weakened to 1.3297. The Australian dollar declined to 0.6692. The New Zealand dollar fell to 0.5958.