Here's your snapshot of the Asian market session

Getty/Scott Olson

Asian markets have ended the first session of the week modestly higher as a positive lead from Wall Street and hopes for further stimulus from Chinese policymakers helped underpin gains across all major regional markets.

Here’s the scoreboard.

Asian Equities
Nikkei 225 19,531.63, Closed
Shanghai Composite 4,470.97, 0.66%
Hang Seng 28,185.00, 0.18%
S&P/ASX 200 5,827.50, 0.23%

Global Equity Futures
S&P 500 2,098.95, -0.12%
DAX 11,528.50, 0.34%
FTSE 100 6,983.50, -0.22%

In what has been a familiar theme of late Chinese markets led the regional gains with the Shanghai Composite putting on 0.6%. Late in trade Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is up 0.2%.

Elsewhere Australia’s ASX 200 rose 0.2% as losses in financial stocks were offset by gains elsewhere while the Nikkei in Tokyo was closed for the Greenery day holiday.

In currency markets the Australian Dollar was the worst performer with robust domestic economic data overshadowed down by a weak China manufacturing PMI report for April and expectations for another rate cut from the RBA on Tuesday.

In economic news today there were mixed manufacturing PMI readings from China and India while Australian building approvals and job ads data both topped market expectations.

Looking ahead economic data releases ahead include factory orders and the ISM’s New York Index from the US along with a raft of manufacturing PMI readings and the latest Sentix investor survey from the Eurozone. On the US monetary policy front Charles Evans, Chicago Fed President, and John Williams, San Francisco Fed President, are also scheduled to speak. Both vote on policy in 2015.

Markets in the UK are closed for the early May bank holiday.

Forex scoreboard
EUR/USD 1.1175, -0.22%
EUR/GBP 0.7385, -0.07%
EUR/CHF 1.0472, 0.29%
EUR/JPY 134.23, -0.25%
USD/JPY 120.13, -0.01%
USD/CHF 0.9371, 0.5%
GBP/USD 1.513, -0.05%
AUD/USD 0.7824, -0.26%

Commodities scoreboard
Gold $1,182.60, 0.69%
Brent Oil $66.61, 0.22%

10-Year Bond Yields
Japan 0.367% 0.003%
U.S. 2.117% 0%
Germany 0.384% 0.02%
UK 1.85% 0.006%
Australia 2.697% -0.014%

NOW WATCH: Money & Markets videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.