Asian Equities Mixed after Poor U.S. Finish

Asian stocks were mixed early Tuesday, with sentiment subdued after Wall Street broke a three-day winning streak overnight and the ongoing rout in commodity prices.

U.S. stocks finished lower on Monday as worries heightened that a strong U.S. dollar could weigh on earnings at major companies. First-quarter earnings season officially kicks off Tuesday, with blue chips JPMorgan Chase and Intel reporting.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 gave up morning gains to close down 0.5 percent each, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq dipped in and out of negative territory before closing down 0.2 percent on the day.