Asian markets closed mostly in positive territory, with the Nikkei breaking the 20,000 benchmark for the first time in three months, as investors were unfazed by a lower finish on Wall Street overnight.
U.S. stocks closed lower on Monday, weighed by retail results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 79 points, or 0.44 percent, at 17,720; the S&P 500 was 10 points, or 0.46 percent, lower at 2,080; and the Nasdaq fell 19 points, or 0.37 percent, to 5,109.
November saw overall gains in U.S. equity markets despite incidents such as the terror attacks in Paris, the shooting down of a Russian warplane, and the worst week for China's Shanghai Composite since August - all of which contributed to global markets volatility.
The S&P 500 eked out a 0.05 percent gain for November, while the Nasdaq gained more than 1 percent for the month. The Dow Jones industrial average ended the month up 0.3 percent.
Investors are focused on two crucial data due later in the week, before the Federal Open Market Committee meets in mid-December. On Thursday, the European Central Bank (ECB) will announce its monetary policy decision, then on Friday in the U.S. November non-farm payrolls are out.