MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan . dipped 0.15 percent. Australian stocks and South Korea's Kospi . shed 0.2 percent each.Japan's Nikkei did the opposite and rose as the yen's recent surge appeared to stop, albeit temporarily.
U.S. shares posted modest gains on Friday, mainly as the weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs report fanned expectations that the Federal Reserve would have to hike interest rates at a very slow pace. The Dow gained 0.4 percent and the S&P 500 edged up 0.3 percent on Friday.
U.S. non-farm payrolls increased by 160,000 in April, the smallest gain since September, and below the 200,000 economists had expected. It prompted some financial institutions to lower their expectations of an interest rate hike for this year to just one from two before the report.
The dollar was up 0.2 percent at 107.36 yen . The U.S. currency initially fell in reaction to the lackluster jobs report on Friday but bounced after New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley said two rate hikes this year were still a "reasonable expectation".Which could also mean nothing can happen too.
The dollar still remained within reach of an 18-month low of 105.55 yen plumbed last week.
The market now sees one rate hike in December, and none next year. Some may still expect a hike in June but that probability has fallen as the rise in U.S. prices are slowing.This now looks like wishful thinking.
This shows that the Fed's policies cannot be counted on to reverse recent yen appreciation. If the Bank of Japan wants to weaken the yen, it will have to do it through its own policies.
The euro was down 0.2 percent at $1.1384 , its lowest since April 29.The Australian dollar was flat at $0.7370 after sliding more than 1 percent on Friday after the country's central bank slashed its inflation forecasts.
U.S. crude was up 2.4 percent at $45.74 a barrel and Brent crude rose 1.8 percent to $46.22 a barrel as a wildfire raged through Canada's oil sands region, shutting half of the country's vast oil sands capacity.Lot of insurance payouts better than filing for bankruptcy.