** The agriculture sector and the subindex tracking new-energy vehicle firms both lost 0.6%. Battery maker EVE Energy Co slumped 4.1%.
** The smaller Shenzhen index ended down 0.06% and the start-up board ChiNext Composite index was 0.945% weaker.
** China’s yuan extended gains to a near three-year high, helping ease the pressure from rising prices of imports, analysts said.
** U.S. Federal Reserve officials reaffirmed a dovish monetary policy stance on Tuesday, boosting sentiment in Asian markets.
** China’s market regulator has begun an investigation into suspected anti-competitive practices by KE Holdings, the country’s biggest housing broker whose top backer is Tencent Holdings, two people who know of the matter said.
** Around the region, MSCI’s Asia ex-Japan stock index was firmer by 0.4%, while Japan’s Nikkei index closed up 0.31%. ** At 0714 GMT, the yuan was quoted at 6.3958 per U.S. dollar, 0.25% firmer than the previous close of 6.412. (Reporting by Shanghai Newsroom; Editing by Devika Syamnath)