Stocks in Asia were mixed on Wednesday as investor concerns over the outlook for the global economy lingered.
The broad MSCI Asia-ex Japan index was fractionally higher at 524.17, as of 3:21 p.m. HK/SIN.
In South Korea, the Kospi slipped 0.15 percent to close at 2,145.62, as shares of industry heavyweight Samsung Electronics recovered from an earlier slip to rise 0.22 percent after announcing on Tuesday that its first quarter earnings would likely fall short of expectations.
Meanwhile, the ASX 200 in Australia rose fractionally to close at 6,136.00.
The mainland Chinese markets saw gains on the day, with the Shanghai composite adding 0.85 percent to close at 3,022.72 and the Shenzhen component rose 1.01 percent to finish its trading day at 9,609.44. The Shenzhen composite gained 0.899 percent to close at 1,654.69.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index added about 0.6 percent in its final hour of trading.
"The global growth and data concerns that drove the downside moves over the last few days are still with us and investors will be looking for fresh reasons for the market to rally further over the next few sessions," analysts from Rakuten Securities Australia said in a note.
They added that the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield was still looking "relatively volatile" despite steadying overnight.