Most Asian markets lost ground on Thursday, despite the mostly stronger close on Wall Street, as oil prices rose, but failed to recoup all of their overnight losses.
The S&P/ASX 200 slipped by 0.08 percent, or 4.452 points, to close at 5,758.8 as weakness in the heavily weighted financials sub-index was offset by gains in the health-care sub-index.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index was off by 0.1 percent at 3:05 p.m. HK/SIN. Mainland stocks reversed losses to close higher. The Shanghai Composite rose 0.17 percent, or 5.3775 points, to close at 3,212.5117, and the Shenzhen Composite gained 0.076 percent, or 1.4479 points, to finish the session at 1,914.5858.