Asian markets closed slightly lower on Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's December meeting.
The Nikkei 225 drifted lower by 0.32 percent, or 72.56 points, to close at 22,866.17 after hovering near the flat line earlier in the day. Gains were seen in trading houses and financials, as automakers and tech stocks traded mixed.
Energy-related stocks also saw significant gains, with Inpex closing up 3.51 percent.
Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi edged down 0.42 percent to end at 2,461. Several heavyweight tech names rose, but those gains were offset by losses seen in retailers and energy-related stocks. Samsung Electronics closed up 0.62 percent, and Lotte Shopping was down 3.41 percent by the end of the day.
Kumho Tire stock jumped 7.57 percent on the day following news about a potential takeover, Reuters said, citing local newspaper Hankyong.
Down Under, the S&P/ASX 200 tacked on 0.25 percent to close at 6,013.2, with energy stocks climbing 1.26 percent following the rise in oil prices. Santos gained 0.99 percent, Oil Search was up 1.1 percent and Woodside rose 1.7 percent by the end of the session.
Shares of ANZ closed up 1.12 percent, outperforming other Australian financial shares, following news that the bank would be selling its life insurance business to Zurich Financial Services Australia. ANZ said proceeds of the sale would total 2.85 billion Australian dollars ($2.15 billion).
Meanwhile, France's Unibail-Rodamco on Tuesday announced it had entered into an agreement to buy Australian shopping center company Westfield for $24.7 billion. Trade in Westfield shares had been halted earlier while the group's Australasian arm Scentre Group, a distinct listed unit, closed 4.07 percent higher.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index reversed early gains to slide 0.57 percent by 3:10 p.m. HK/SIN. Mainland markets also lost some ground. The Shanghai Composite fell 1.24 percent to close at 3,281.01 and the Shenzhen Composite lost 0.97 percent to end at 1,901.09. The blue-chip CSI 300 index finished down 1.32 percent.
Markets in the region also likely took note of better-than-expected China credit data released Monday. New yuan loans for November came in at 1.12 trillion yuan ($169 billion), above the 800 billion yuan forecast in a Reuters poll, the news agency said.