Asian stock markets ended lower Wednesday as investors await the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy announcement due later in the day.

Shanghai’s SSE fell 0.4 percent to close at 2,954 while Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 slid 0.4 percent to end at 17,291. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng inched down 0.2 percent to finish at 21,362.

Fast Retailing rose 1.4 percent to end at 30,980 yen while Esprit rose 1.2 percent to end at 6.87 Hong Kong dollars. Matsuya inched down 0.1 percent to end at 884 yen.

Li & Fung rose 0.6 percent at 4.94 Hong Kong dollars. Shiseido fell 0.4 percent to finish the day at 2,539 yen. Isetan Mitsukoshi fell 1 percent to end at 1,239 yen. Chow Tai Fook dropped 0.4 percent to 5.44 Hong Kong dollars.