Singapore shares advanced on Monday, extending previous sessions' 1.1 percent gain amid optimism about global growth.

Asian shares were buoyant following strong U.S payrolls data and better-than-expected Chinese trade data on Friday.

The MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.4 percent, staying well above a recent two-month trough of 542.27 points.

The Straits Times Index climbed 1.05 percent or 36 points to 3,460. It ended 1.1 percent higher on Friday, taking the year-to-date performance to about 19 percent.

Shares of United Overseas Bank Ltd rose as much as 2.6 percent, their biggest intraday spike in over seven months. Oversea-Chinese Banking and DBS Group Holdings advanced 1 percent each.

Shares in the embattled commodities trader Noble Group jumped as much as 12 percent to S$0.14 on the Singapore Exchange on Monday.

The city-state's top taxi operator ComfortDelGro Corp was the best performer on the index, climbing as much as 7 percent after it said on Friday it would buy a 51 percent stake in a unit of Uber .

London-listed hotel arm Millennium & Copthorne Hotels agreed accepted about 2 billion pounds (S$3.63 billion) offer from its majority shareholder City Developments after an earlier bid was rebuffed by minority investors. Shares in City Developments rose 2.3 percent.

About 1.5 billion shares worth S$999 million changed hands, with gainers outnumbering losers 254 to 183.