The Japanese and Australian markets closed lower in the afternoon session Thursday. Trading was quiet with most markets in the region closed for the Labour Day holiday.
Investors were struggling to interpret the decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve, which cut interest rates by the predicted 25 basis points but failed to deliver an unequivocal statement that the worst was over for the economy.
Regional markets closed mostly lower Wednesday, but China surged nearly 5 percent fueled by
optimism over corporate earnings. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 4.8 percent buoyed by strong earnings by banks. The rally also came after China slashed a stock trading tax last week, which led to a stunning mainland market rise of nearly 10% last Thursday. Elsewhere, South Korea closed higher but Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore ended in the red.
China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan are closed for the Labour Day holiday. Most markets will reopen on Friday.