Mario Draghi

Asian shares meander as ECB, BOJ hold monetary policy steady

Asian shares were mixed Friday in muted trading after the European Central Bank announced no changes to its stimulus policies.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.2 percent to 20,109.57 while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.2 percent to 5,750.70. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.2 percent to 2,446.86. Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.2 percent to 26,702.84. The Shanghai Composite slipped 0.2 percent at 3,249.90.

EUROPE FACTOR: Europe's central bank maintained its current policies and ECB President Mario Draghi said the bank hasn't even set a date for considering changes. Still, foreign exchange markets reacted by pushing the euro higher. That followed the Bank...