Asian shares traded mixed as investors digested the Reserve Bank of Australia's decision to keep cash rates unchanged at 1.5 percent.
Australia's ASX 200 finished down 0.29 percent, or 15.981 points, at 5,413.6, weighed by a 0.49 percent drop in the heavily-weighed financials sub-index. Australia's energy sector bucked the trend to trade up 0.14 percent, along with the materials sector which was up 0.3 percent.
The Reverse Bank of Australia (RBA) in a statement cited reasons such as continued growth, low inflation and mixed labor market data as contributing factors to hold interest rates steady.
There were also mentions of the prolonged period of low commodity prices keeping Australia's terms of trade lower than they have been in recent years and of the rising housing prices.
Chinese mainland markets were higher, with the Shanghai composite finishing up 0.63 percent, or 19.353 points, at 3,091.448 and the Shenzhen composite closing up 1.491 percent, or 30.088 points, at 2,048.19. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index was up 0.43 percent at 3:13 p.m. local time.