In Japan, the Nikkei 225 is trading at 0.68%, the Topix index was 0.66% lower, in South Korea, the Kospi shed 0.41% and shares of Australia declined and the S&P/ASX 200 dipped 0.5%.
Mainland Chinese stocks were mixed by the afternoon, with the Shanghai Composite dipping 0.11% while the Shenzhen component gained 0.4%.
Overnight on Wall Street, the S&P 500 closed 0.8% higher at 3,572.66 while the Nasdaq Composite ended its trading day 2% higher at 11,786.43. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lagged as it closes 23.29 points lower at 29,397.63.
Meanwhile, oil prices edged higher in the afternoon, with international benchmark Brent crude futures up 0.23% to $43.90 per barrel. U.S. crude futures added 0.34% to $41.59 per barrel.