Asian stock markets were mixed on Wednesday, as the dollar climbed after hawkish comments from Federal Reserve officials.
Down Under, the ASX 200 closed down 0.57 percent, or 31.104 points, at 5,452.9, weighed by losses in the energy sector, which fell 0.35 percent, and a 1.36 percent slide in the materials sector.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 ended up 0.5 percent, or 83.59 points, at 16,819.24, likely bolstered by a weaker yen. The dollar/yen pair was trading at 102.92 as of 2:17 pm HK/SIN, around three-week lows for the yen.
South Korea's Kospi ended down 0.09 percent, or 1.86 points, at 2,053, recovering from losses of more than 0.6 percent earlier after better-than-expected inflation data were released.
South Korea's consumer price index (CPI) rose 1.2 percent in September from a year earlier, its highest in seven months, on the back on improved consumption.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up 0.2 percent in afternoon trade.