Asian markets were little changed in Tuesday trade after U.S. stocks lost steam overnight and the dollar edged down from three-month highs.
Japan's Nikkei 225 closed higher for the 16th straight session. The benchmark index rose 0.5 percent, or 108.52 points, to close at a fresh 21-year high of 21,805.17. The index had already broken its 14-day winning streak record, which had been set in the 1960s, after closing higher on Monday.
Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi edged up 0.02 percent to finish the session at 2,490.49 even though most blue-chip tech stocks edged lower: SK Hynix closed down 3.42 percent, LG Electronics declined 3.91 percent and Samsung Electronics was off 0.48 percent.
Down Under, the S&P/ASX 200 inched higher by 0.06 percent to close at 5,897.6. Financials and energy stocks edged down, but gold miners notched significant gains: Kingsgate closed up 4.71 percent and Alacer Gold rose 4 percent.
Greater China markets were narrowly mixed. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index was under pressure, declining 0.47 percent by 3:10 p.m. HK/SIN while mainland markets closed mixed. The Shanghai Composite tacked on 0.22 percent to close at 3,388.2477 and the Shenzhen Composite lost 0.119 percent to end at 2,009.0208.
China's 19th Party Congress, which drew to an official close on Tuesday, was also in focus. China watchers will be paying close attention to the unveiling of the country's new leadership lineup expected on Wednesday.
The Communist Party on Tuesday approved a revised version of its constitution that now includes Chinese President Xi Jinping's name, Reuters reported. The only other Chinese leader who has been in office when they had their name honored in that manner was Mao Zedong.