In other economic news, the Reserve Bank of Australia held the cash rate steady at 1.5 percent Tuesday, as was widely expected by markets. The central bank also warned in a statement that strength in the Australian dollar could "contribute to subdued price pressures in the economy."
The Aussie dollar edged down in response to the news to trade as low as $0.7988 compared to levels around $0.8020 seen before. The Australian currency last stood at $0.7996.
"This marks a further pick up in the RBA's attempts to jawbone the Australian dollar lower or at least stop its ascent that got underway with Deputy Governor Guy Debelle saying just over a week ago that a lower exchange rate '...would be helpful,'" AMP Capital Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist Shane Oliver said in a note following the announcement.
In the U.S., Anthony Scaramucci was fired by President Donald Trump just 10 days after he was tapped to be White House communications director. The dismissal, reportedly to give new Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate, came several days after Scaramucci's profanity-laden call to a New Yorker reporter.
The dollar index, which tracks the U.S. currency against a basket of six rivals, stood at 92.942 at 3:13 p.m. HK/SIN, after trading as high as 93.535 earlier in the overnight session. The index had tumbled overnight to its lowest levels since May 2016.
The greenback also ceded ground against the yen, falling to its lowest levels in six weeks, Reuters data showed. The dollar last fetched 110.22 yen after falling as low as 109.98 earlier in the session.
Market movers included several Japanese corporates that reported first-quarter earnings after the market close on Monday. Shares of Japan Airlines closed up 2.77 percent after the airline on Monday revised upwards its full-year earnings forecast after the airline's first-quarter earnings rose 12 percent on year Monday.
Panasonic said first-quarter operating profits rose 16.9 percent, in line with expectations, while Mizuho Financial Group announced net profits fell nearly 11 percent due to low interest rates. Panasonic stock was off 2.2 percent and Mizuho declined 0.56 percent by the end of the session.
In other corporate news, authorities in India have raised concerns over Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group's proposed acquisition of Gland Pharma, Reuters reported. If the deal goes through, it would be China's largest takeover in India, the news agency added. The move also comes amid heightened scrutiny in China of foreign investments made by local corporates. Shares of Fosun Pharmaceutical traded in Hong Kong were down 1.57 percent and Shanghai-listed shares fell 0.99 percent.
On the earnings front, Japan's Honda reported after the market close that it topped expectations for its first-quarter earnings. Operating profits at the automaker stood at 269.2 billion yen ($2.44 billion), higher than an average forecast by analysts of 230.43 billion yen, Reuters said. The company revised upwards its full-year profit forecast, Reuters said. Honda shares had closed higher by 0.61 percent before the earnings announcement.
Meanwhile, Sony announced record quarterly earnings for its first-quarter after the close. Profits rose almost three-fold to stand at 157.61 billion ($1.43 billion), Reuters reported. Sony stock had closed down 1.78 percent before the results.
Oil prices extended overnight gains. Brent crude edged up 0.21 percent to trade at $52.83 a barrel and U.S. West Texas Intermediate rose 0.3 percent to trade above the $50 mark at $50.32 a barrel.
The commodity had hit two-month highs overnight on talk of the possibility of U.S. sanctions against Venezuela's oil sector after a controversial election on Sunday. The U.S. has only slapped sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro so far, Reuters reported.
In currencies, the euro soared to a two-and-a-half year high against the greenback overnight on solid euro zone inflation data. The common currency stood at $1.1816 at 3:16 p.m. HK/SIN after trading as high as $1.1845 earlier in the session.
"It's been a combination of continued momentum appetite for the euro, aided by somewhat better-than-expected data out of Europe, mixed data from the U.S., and over recent hours, more revolving doors at the White House," said National Australia Bank Director of Economics David de Garis in a Tuesday morning note.
Stateside, U.S. equities were mixed on optimism over a strong earnings season, even though major tech stocks pulled back.