Most Asian benchmarks posted gains on Monday as investors warmed to economic indicators from Japan and the dollar rose.

Government data showed September exports from Japan fell 6.9%, well under expectations, while imports plunged 16.3%, just under the 16.6% decline expected. Meanwhile a preliminary purchasing managers' index for the manufacturing sector from Markit/Nikkei in October showed its fastest rate of improvement in nine months. The index rose to 51.7 from 50.4. (Anything over 50 denotes expansion).

The dollar was recently up 0.07% against the yen at ¥103.8700.

The U.S. currency rose amid mounting confidence about a victory for Hillary Clinton in next months Presidential elections and the perception that a rate rise before year-end remains on the agenda.

The pound was down another 0.24% against the dollar at $1.2205 as fears of an economically damaging "hard" Brexit persisted.

The Nikkei 225 rose 0.29% to 17,234.42 and the Topix rose 0.20% to 1,367.96.

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U.S. futures rose, with Dow Jones futures up 0.17%, the S&P 500 mini up 0.18% and the Nasdaq 100 mini up 0.17%.

On mainland China the CSI 300 composite was up 1.27% at 3,369.92. Energy stocks including China Petroleum & Chemical were among the gainers.

In Hong Kong the Hang Seng was up 0.40% at 23,466.87.

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Australia's S&P/ASX 200 bucked the otherwise positive trend to close down 0.40% at 5,408.50.

Brent crude was recently down 0.35% at $51.60 a barrel.