FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - Asian markets have opened the week with gains following Friday's positive session in Wall Street and in spite of South Korean rocket launch. Euro and Pound have strengthened.

Japanese Nikkei Index has risen 2.3% and South Korean Kospi Index increased 2.1%, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 3.9%. Australian S&P Index went up 0.5%.

Asian markets have followed Friday's gains in U.S. markets, with Dow Jones closing 0.5% up on the session , making a 3.1% advance on the week; the fourth consecutive week with gains.

Euro and Pound, up; USD/JPY above 100.00

Euro and Pound have continued strengthening against the Dollar; EUR/USD has gained , in Asian session from 1.3485 closing price on Friday to session highs of around 1.3585.

GBP/USD has also appreciated around 100 pips during Monday's Asian session, from an opening price around 1.4835to a maximum level right below 1.5000. The Pound trades around 11.4940 ahead of the European opening bell.

The Dollar has remained above the 100.00 level, after an opening price of around 100.45, the Dollar has reached levels right below 101.00 ahead of the European session opening.