By Wayne Cole
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian share markets were mixed and oil prices fell on Monday as relief U.S.-led strikes on Syria looked unlikely to escalate was tempered by concerns at Russia's potential reaction to new sanctions from Washington.
The United States, France and Britain launched 105 missiles targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities in Syria in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Douma on April 7.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.
"Stocks were concerned about a prolonged and expanded U.S. campaign towards Assad and that doesn't look probable."
Safe-haven assets eased in response, with yields on U.S. 10-year Treasury debt up two basis points at 2.84 percent.
The dollar was a fraction firmer on the yen at 107.40 , up on last week's low around 106.62.
Abe's sliding ratings are raising doubts over whether he can win a third three-year term as ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader in a September vote, or whether he might even resign before the party election.
The euro was steady at $1.2330, while the dollar index eased a touch to 89.772.
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In commodity markets, gold gained 0.1 percent to $1,346.61 an ounce, but remained well short of last week's peak at $1,365.23.
Looking ahead, the U.S. earnings season kicks into high gear this week with Thomson Reuters data predicting profits at S&P 500 companies increased by 18.6 percent in the first quarter from a year ago, their biggest rise in seven years.
Yet with expectations so high, bank shares ran into profit-taking on Friday after a batch of mixed results.
(Editing by Shri Navaratnam and Eric Meijer)