SINGAPORE Asian stocks rose on Monday, shaking off Wall Street's uninspiring performance on Friday, while sterling was mostly steady after a van rammed into pedestrians in London even as markets braced for the start of Brexit talks.
On Friday, Wall Street ended mixed, with energy names offsetting declines in consumer stocks, which were clobbered by Amazon.com's $13.7 billion deal to buy upscale grocer Whole Foods Market.
The British pound GBP=D3 fell almost 0.1 percent to $1.2769 from late Friday levels in New York after a van rammed into worshippers as they were leaving Finsbury Park mosque in North London early on Monday.
Polls showing a strong parliamentary majority for French President Emmanuel Macron following Sunday's vote, giving him a powerful mandate to push through his pro-business reforms, lent support to the euro.
"In the wake of Friday's weak U.S. data, Dudley could provide insight into whether the Fed is still poised to continue normalising monetary policy," said Masafumi Yamamoto, chief forex strategist at Mizuho Securities in Tokyo.