Stocks ended in the negative column today in Hong Kong, even after the US Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve the historic economic rescue package worth US$2.2 trillion.
The benchmark Hang Seng Index gave up 174.85 points, or 0.74 percent at 23,352.34.
In mainland China, the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index closed lower by 0.60 percent, or 16.68 points at 2,764.91. The Shenzhen Stock Exchange Composite Index is lower by 0.55 percent at 1,705.34.
Australian shares closed higher for a third straight session. The ASX 200 gained by 2.3 percent at 5,113 points, while the All Ordinaries index was up by by 2.6 percent or 129 points at 5,135.