In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.51%.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded 0.85% lower.
Currencies and oil
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 92.631 following its recent decline from levels above 92.7.
The Japanese yen traded at 109.56 per dollar, having strengthened yesterday from around 110.1 against the greenback. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7304, still struggling to recover after last week’s decline from above $0.74.
Oil prices were higher in the morning of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures up 0.41% to $73.90 per barrel. U.S. crude futures advanced 0.44% to $70.77 per barrel.
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