Asian stocks were mostly higher on Tuesday following a mixed morning session but gains were capped as traders continued to monitor developments in Iraq and Ukraine.
Sentiment rose following a raft of positive U.S. data overnight. Existing home sales rose more than expected in May while a preliminary read on June factory activity rose to its highest since 2010.
In Iraq, Sunni tribesman took control of a border crossing between Iraq and Jordan on Monday but it is unclear whether the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant was behind the move. Speaking after a meeting with Iraqi leader Nuri al-Maliki, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged "intense and sustained" American support for Iraq to contain the insurgency.
After two months of heavy fighting in Ukraine's east, separatist leaders agreed to a ceasefire with government forces until June 27. The truce runs parallel to a unilateral military ceasefire declared by President Petro Poroshenko last Friday as part of a plan to end the insurgency.