Stocks in Asia were broadly lower on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the fourth time in 2018.
The mainland Chinese markets were mixed on the day, with the Shanghai composite slipping 0.52 percent to close at about 2,536.27 and the Shenzhen composite recovering from earlier losses to end the trading day up by 0.202 percent at around 1,297.10.
China's central bank decided to keep short-term borrowing rates steady on Thursday,a day after announcing measures to encourage lending to small firms.
Following the People's Bank of China's move to spur lending to small businesses, Shanghai-listed shares of major banks declined as Industrial and Commercial Bank of China fell 1.88 percent, Agricultural Bank of China shed 0.57 percent and China Construction Bank dropped 2.14 percent. Financial stocks make up nearly 40 percent of the Shanghai composite.
Meanwhile, Japan's Nikkei 225 slipped 2.84 percent to close at 20,392.58 while the Topix index declined by 2.51 percent to finish the trading day at 1,517.16. Shares of conglomerate Softbank Group continued to remain under pressure on Thursday as they slipped 4.72 percent, a day after the lackluster public debut of its mobile unit on Wednesday.
Shares of the newly listed Softbank Corp fell as much as 8 percent earlier on Thursday, according to Reuters, before recovering to see gains of 1.09 percent on the day.
Meanwhile, South Korea's Kospi shed 0.9 percent, as shares of LG Electronics declined by 4.13 percent. John Ko, an analyst at NH Investment and Securities, estimated a 15 percent year-on-year decline in fourth quarter operating profit for LG Electronics, citing weakness in sectors such as its television and smartphone divisions.
And in Australia, the ASX 200 fell 1.34 percent to close at 5,505.8, with shares of the country's so-called Big Four banks seeing declines. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group fell 1.63 percent, National Australia Bank slipped 0.99 percent, Commonwealth Bank of Australia shed 0.69 percent and Westpac lost 1.07 percent.