Asian shares closed narrowly mixed in Thursday trade following the softer lead from Wall Street and as investors digested regional earnings releases. Notable names on the earnings calendar included SK Hynix, ANZ and OCBC.
The Nikkei 225 edged up 0.15 percent, or 32.16 points to close at 21,739.78. Financials and most automakers rose, and shares of messaging service Line closed up 16.73 percent after it reported earnings. The benchmark index had snapped its 16-day win streak on Wednesday.
Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi declined 0.48 percent to close at 2,480.63 as investors digested quarterly earnings reports from blue-chip names.
South Korea's SK Hynix announced Thursday that its third-quarter operating profit rose 415 percent compared to one year ago. Profit for the period came in at 3.7 trillion won ($3.3 billion) , a touch below the 3.8 trillion won projected in a Thomson Reuters StarMine SmartEstimate survey. The chipmaker's stock closed down 3.67 percent.
Meanwhile, shares of Hyundai Motor closed up 7.41 percent after the automaker turned in its third-quarter report card. While the company's profit tumbled 20 percent in the period, that metric came in a touch above estimates at 852 billion won ($758.21 million).
Down Under, the S&P/ASX 200 reversed early losses to close up 0.18 percent at 5,916.3. The heavily weighted financials sub-index erased early losses to close higher by 0.08 percent.
In Australia, ANZ said on Thursday its full-year net profit for the year ending Sept. 30, 2017, rose 12 percent to 6.41 billion Australian dollars ($4.94 billion), a touch below the A$6.87 billion forecast in a Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S survey. ANZ shares underperformed other banking stocks, tumbling by 1.21 percent by the end of the session.
Other market movers included the fall in Qantas shares after the airline said in its first-quarter update that conditions in the second-half of the year were expected to be tougher. Qantas stock fell 7 percent before paring some losses to close down 1.41 percent.
The Hang Seng Index was off 0.34 percent by 3:07 p.m. HK/SIN while mainland markets made moderate gains. The Shanghai Composite climbed 0.33 percent to close at 3,408.2449 and the Shenzhen Composite gained 0.249 percent to end at 2,030.3511.
Over in Singapore, OCBC said Thursday that third-quarter net profit grew 12 percent to S$1.06 billion. The Singapore bank also highlighted "continuing stress" in the oil and gas sector. OCBC shares were flat at 2:48 p.m. HK/SIN.
Markets in Thailand are closed on Thursday.