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| | Email Asian Market Update: Mixed employment data from Australia and New Zealand sends AUD and NZD lower***Economic Data*** - Source

- (IN) INDIA Q1 ADVANCE ANNUAL GDP GOVERNMENT ESTIMATE FOR FY12/13: 5.0% V 5.5%E V 6.2% V FY11/12 >- (AU) AUSTRALIA JAN EMPLOYMENT CHANGE M/M: 10.4K V 6.0KE; UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 5.4% V 5.5%E; FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT CHANGE: -9.8K V -13.9K PRIOR; PART TIME EMPLOYMENT CHANGE: 20.2K V 10.0K PRIOR - (AU) AUSTRALIA JAN PARTICIPATION RATE: 65.0% V 65.1%E (lowest since Aug 2012) - (AU) AUSTRALIA Q4 NAB BUSINESS CONFIDENCE: -5 V -2 PRIOR (lowest since Q1 of 2009) - (AU) AUSTRALIA JAN AIG PERFORMANCE OF CONSTRUCTION INDEX: 36.2 V 38.8 PRIOR (3-month low) - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND Q4 UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 6.9% V 7.1%E; EMPLOYMENT CHANGE Q/Q: -1.0% V +0.4%E (biggest decline since Q2 of 2009); Y/Y: -1.4% V +0.2%E; PARTICIPATION RATE: 67.2% V 68.4%E (multi-year low) - (JP) JAPAN DEC PRELIMINARY LEADING INDEX CI: 93.4 V 92.1 PRIOR; COINCIDENT INDEX CI: 92.7 V 90.2 PRIOR (first rise in 9 months) - (JP) JAPAN JAN TOKYO AVERAGE OFFICE VACANCIES M/M: 8.6% V 8.7% PRIOR - (JP) JAPAN JAN OFFICIAL RESERVE ASSETS: $1.267T V $1.268T PRIOR - (JP) JAPAN DEC MACHINE ORDERS M/M: +2.8% V -0.8%E; Y/Y: -3.4% V -3.9%E; Govt raises assessment of machine orders - (TH) THAILAND JAN CONSUMER CONFIDENCE: 81.7 V 80.2 PRIOR ***Markets Snapshot (as of 05:00 GMT)*** - Nikkei225 -1.1% - S&P/ASX +0.3% - Kospi -0.1% - Shanghai Composite -1.5% - Hang Seng -0.4% - Mar S&P500 -0.1% at 1,505 - Apr gold flat at $1,680/oz - Mar Crude Oil +0.1% at $96.74/brl ***Notes/Observations*** - NZD falls to 1-week low of $0.8350 as q/q employment change falls sharply; Drop in unemployment due to big drop labor participation rate. >- AUD briefly testing below $1.03 - 2.5 month low - as similar drop in participation rate overshadows higher than expected employment change. - Nikkei225 pares outsized gains overnight as yen selling takes a pause. - PBoC injects record weekly liquidity in reverse repos going into Lunar New Year. - India GDP estimate for current FY misses consensus by 0.5pts and off by 1.2pts from prior year - Euro in narrow range above $1.35 ahead of ECB meeting. ***Currencies/Fixed Income/Commodities*** - (CN) China PBoC to conduct CNY410B in 14-day reverse repos; Weekly total marks the largest reverse repo liquidity injection on record - financial press >- (CN) PBoC sets yuan mid point at 6.2898 v 6.2317 prior close (weakest CNY setting since Dec 26th) - (JP) Japan Fin Min Aso: Only Germany is criticizing Japan on currency - financial press - (CN) China Iron and Steel Agency (CISA): China late-Jan crude steel production at 1.906M tons, -0.4% from mid-Jan - financial press ***Speakers/Political/In the Papers*** - (CN) Some China cities may slow approval for new homes - Chinese press - (JP) Japan LDP seek exemptions in first TPP trade debate; majority of LDP ministers seek an 'immediate withdrawal' of TPP bid - Japanese press - (JP) Japan PM Abe: Reiterates BoJ is responsible for reaching 2% inflation target - addressing parliament - (KR) South Korea Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs: Jan cargo handling at local seaports rose 2.8% y/y to 1.84M TEUs - Korean press - (IE) Ireland Lower House approves Bill to liquidate former Anglo Irish Bank - financial press ***Equities*** - Shimizu 1803.JP: Reports 9-month Net 4.9B v 3.0B y/y, Op Profit 6.5B v 12.9B y/y, Rev 950.2B v 891.1B y/y - Konami 9766.JP: Reports 9-month Net 8.8B v 17.1B y/y, Op Profit 14.1B v 30.9B y/y, Rev 160.2B v 194.5B y/y; Guides lower FY12/13 Net 13.5B, Op Profit 23.0B, Rev 228.0B (guided Net 23.1B, Op Profit 41.1B, Rev 270B prior) - SNE: May release PS4 later this year prices around $430 - Japan press - KDDI 9433.JP: To hire additional 1,500 workers by the end of FY15 to boost marketing of smartphone-related services to small and midsize companies - Nikkei News - NTT DoCoMo9437.JP: Lost 12.9K net subscribers in Jan v gain 235.1K prior - TM: Aqua hybrid model said to have topped Japan vehicle sales for 4th consecutive month with 22.5K units sold - Nikkei News - NAB.AU: Reports Q1 Net A$1.26B v A$1.60B y/y - TLS.AU: Reports H1 EBIT A$2.84B v A$2.56B y/y; Rev A$12.71B v A$12.50B y/y; Affirms FY guidance for total income in "low single digits" - Whitehaven WHC.AU: Govt said to have extended deadline for approving Maules Creek project to April 30 - AFR - Mirvac MGR.AU: Forced to write down Queensland and Western Australian residential projects by A$273M - SMH - VAH.AU: Australia regulator (ACCC): Virgin acquisition of Tiger may raise competition concerns - financial press - Lenovo 992.HK: CEO said to have reduced his long position to 8.88% stake; Sold 7.9M shares between in Feb 1st and 4th - HK press - Hang Lung 101.HK: Chairman: Property market could be oversupplied as the government considers multiple measures to boost housing amid global uncertainties - HK press - AKAM: Reports Q4 $0.54 v $0.50e, R$378M v $381Me; authorizes $150M extension to buyback program; -15.7% afterhours >- GMCR: Reports Q1 $0.76 v $0.65e, R$1.34B v $1.33Be; -7.0% afterhours - NWSA: Reports Q2 $0.44 (adj) v $0.42e, R$9.43B v $9.26Be; -4.3% afterhours - ZUMZ: Reports JAN SSS +2.6% v -3.1%; Q4 SSS -1.0%; FY12 SSS +5.0%; +5.2% afterhours - DV: Reports Q2 $0.87 adj v $0.56e, R$505.2M v $497Me; +14.0% afterhours - Source


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