Most Asian bourses eked out modest gains Tuesday after oscillating between positive and negative territory, as the world's most closely watched election drew near.
Market participants noted nervousness ahead of the U.S. presidential vote that has dominated global headlines.
"Traders were apprehensive in Asia Pacific because of an underlying fear of the presidential outcome," said Stephen Innes, senior trader at Oanda.
Aside from election jitters, China's trade figures and Australia's NAB business survey also dampened risk sentiment.
"The Chinese trade balance data were not encouraging at all, and if Donald Trump becomes president, this number will be even more vile. Hence we experienced a little rollercoaster for the Asian markets," Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at ThinkMarkets, told CNBC.
Australia's ASX 200 closed up 0.13 percent, or 6.991 points, at 5,257.79, after initially trading up more than 0.3 percent. The index was supported by strength in its materials sub-index, which rose 1.43 percent, and its energy sub-index, which gained 1.49 percent. However, gains were capped by weakness in its financials sub-index, which was 0.59 percent lower.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 finished down 0.03 percent, or 5.83 points, at 17,171.38, while South Korea's Kospi ended up 0.29 percent, or 5.8 points, at 2,003.38. The Hang Seng was up 0.3 percent as of 3:19 pm local time.