Asian stock markets were mixed on Monday, with Chinese benchmarks moving higher after trading resumed following a one-week break.
U.S. stock futures were up as Hillary Clinton was generally deemed by polls and pundits the winner of a testy Presidential debate in which Donald Trump threatened Clinton with jail under his presidency. The S&P 500 mini was recently up 0.24%, Nasdaq futures were up 0.21% and the Dow Jones mini was up 0.19%.
The CSI 300 composite was recently up 1.02% 3,286.57, while the Shanghai composite was up 1.2% at 3,040.62. The People's Bank of China fixed the onshore rate of the renminbi at a six-year low Rmb6.7008 per dollar after the currency had slipped offshore last week.
In Hong Kong and in Japan, markets were closed for public holidays.
In Seoul Samsung Electronics was recently down 1.2%. The Wall Street Journal reported that the company has temporarily halted production of its troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone amid a recall of 2.5 million products, while some U.S. wireless services providers said they would no longer offer replacements for the phones.
The dollar was recently down 0.04% against the yen at ¥102.9400 and the euro was down 0.24% against the Japanese currency at ¥115.1100.
In Sydney the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.15% to 5,475.4.
Windward Resources rose 2.7% after bidder Independence Group lodged documentation about its A$20.5 million ($15.6 million) offer.
In Singapore commodities trading group Noble rose 3.7% after it sold its Noble Americas Energy Solutions business to Calpine (CPN) for $1.5 billion, including $250 million working capital. Noble Americas is a wholesale retailer of gas and power to large customers.
Oil prices slipped, with West Texas intermediate recently down 0.95% at $49.33 a barrel.
IG predicts the FTSE 100 will rise 17 points on the open, the Dax by 10 and the Cac by 5.
The FTSE had closed up 0.63% on Friday, while the Dax and the Cac dropped 0.74% and 0.67%, respectively.