Japan's benchmark index outperformed on Wednesday while the rest of Asian shaares were subdued as investors awaited direction from central banks.
U.S. stocks closed mainly down, with Wall Street pausing after a two-session rise.
Prices for U.S. Treasurys extended losses on Tuesday, after the U.S. service sector expanded more than expected in October.
U.S. crude oil futures hit a fresh 5-month low on Tuesday as stockpiles were expected to rise amid tepid demand.
Gold settled lower on Tuesday, pressured by a retreat in the euro ahead of a key European Central Bank meeting later this week.
The euro fell on Tuesday, hit by speculation the European Central Bank may signal easier monetary policy.
Asian stocks closed out Tuesday mixed in choppy trade as investors focused on central bank statements and awaited key U.S. economic data.
Stocks closed out Monday with slight gains after hovering around the flatline for most of the session, as investors seemed reluctant to jump in following a four-week rally and amid uncertainty over when the Federal Reserve would start paring back its stimulus.
European equities closed higher on Monday with expectations of monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank (ECB) driving shares.
Gold settled modestly higher lifted by a dollar drop and comments by a Fed official that the U.S. central bank should keep up its monetary stimulus.
The euro touched a six-week low on Monday after suffering its biggest drop in over a year last week as pressure mounted on the European Central Bank to cut interest rates to shore up growth.
Asian equity markets declined in quiet trade on Monday as investors awaited a raft of central bank meetings this week for further direction.
Only "very good" companies in France have survived the tough business climate, so shares of the ones left are in solid shape, said a global portfolio manager.
European shares closed lower on Friday as investors reacted to earnings news from the Royal Bank of Scotland and Renault.
Oil prices fell broadly on Friday, heading for a large weekly percentage decline.
The euro dropped to a two-week low on Friday after a slowdown in euro zone inflation sparked speculation the European Central Bank may take action.
Gold fell to a three-week low and headed for a weekly drop as upbeat US economic data lifted the dollar.
Gold prices settled nearly 2 percent lower on Thursday, pressured as commodity funds sold to square books.
The dollar hovered near a two-week high on Thursday as some investors cut negative bets on the currency.
Gold firmed as investors were tempted back to bullion by expectations that the Fed will postpone tapering its monetary stimulus program.
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