The Nikkei 225 in Japan lost 0.18% at the start of the session while the Topix index fell 0.13%. South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.45%.
Australian stocks also fell, with the S & P / ASX 200 falling around 0.1%.
The MSCI’s largest Asia-Pacific stock index outside of Japan traded slightly lower.
Chinese economic data, including the country’s third-quarter gross domestic product and September retail sales, is expected to be released at 10:00 a.m. HK / SIN on Monday.
US crude is close to $ 83 a barrel
Shares of oil companies also rose in trading on Monday, with Australian Beach Energy up 2.77% while Santos climbed 1.09%. In Japan, the share of Inpex jumped 4.05%.
The Japanese yen was trading at 114.28 per dollar, having weakened late last week, falling below 114.1 against the greenback. The Aussie changed hands at $ 0.7423, largely retaining its gains after last week’s climb below $ 0.732.