India shares ended little changed on Wednesday, as investors took a pause after indexes hit fresh record highs in the previous session.
Risk appetite got a lift on news reports that the government is mulling 100 percent foreign direct investment in the banking sector.
The S&P BSE Sensex added 0.06 percent at 36,161 while the broader NSE Nifty advanced 0.02 percent to 11,086.
Among the top Sensex gainers, Tata Consultancy Services rose 2.4 percent, Dr. Reddy's gained 2 percent, State Bank of India added 3.5 percent while Adani Ports was up 2.4 percent.
L&T Technology Services jumped 20 percent after the company reported a 2 percent rise in net profit in December quarter.
But United Spirits lost 7 percent after the company reported lower-than-expected earnings.
RBL Bank Ltd fell 4 percent after the bank reported a rise in its bad loans.
Market breadth was in the favor of gainers, with about 2 stocks advancing to every 1 stock that declined.
Meanwhile, Asian shares took a breather after the indexes climbed to record highs in the previous session following a deal to end a U.S. government shutdown.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.2 percent, having jumped 1.2 percent on Tuesday to an all-time peak. Japan's Nikkei lost 0.8 percent as the yen strengthened, though that was from a 26-year top., Reuters data showed.