Asian shares took cues from a lower Wall Street and dipped early on Monday, while the dollar was on the defensive against the euro and yen following disappointing U.S. wage growth data that dented prospects for an early interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.2 percent. Japan's Nikkei (.N225) fell 0.2 percent and South Korea's Kospi (.KS11) lost 0.5 percent.
Greece may seek 24 billion euros in a first tranche of bailout aid from international lenders in August to prop up its banks and repay debts falling due at the ECB, a pro-government Greek newspaper said in its early Sunday editions. Athens is now in talks with the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund to secure up to 86 billion euros ($94.48 billion) in bailout aid. Avgi newspaper, which is close to the leftist Syriza government, said Greek authorities expected to conclude talks with lenders by mid-August.
Oilfield services provider Halliburton Co (HAL.N) announced in a statement on Sunday it had received a request from the European Commission for additional information about its proposed $35 billion merger with rival Baker Hughes Inc (BHI.N). According to the statement, the European Commission on Friday asked for more information about the merger "in a few discrete areas." The statement did not offer specifics about the European regulators' request. Halliburton's statement said the European regulators' request came as a response to a standard notification form it filed with the commission on July 23.