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| | Email Asian Market Update: Narrow ranges across most markets throughout first day of Lunar New Year holidays***Economic Data*** - Source

- (NZ) NEW ZEALAND JAN QV HOUSE PRICES Y/Y: 6.2% V 5.7% PRIOR (multi-month high) - (AU) AUSTRALIA DEC HOME LOANS M/M: -1.5% V 0.0%E (largest decline in 10 months); INVESTMENT LENDING; -2.4% V -3.2% PRIOR; OWNER-OCCUPIED HOME LOAN VALUE: -2.7% V +0.5% PRIOR - (UK) UK JAN LLOYDS EMPLOYMENT CONFIDENCE: -45 V -42 PRIOR ***Markets Snapshot (as of 05:00 GMT)*** - Nikkei225 closed - S&P/ASX -0.1% - Kospi closed - Shanghai Composite closed - Hang Seng closed - Mar S&P500 +0.1% at 1,513 - Apr gold +0.1% at $1,668/oz - Mar Crude Oil -0.1% at $95.65/brl ***Notes/Observations*** - Australia housing data most notable on the economic calendar with unexpected outsized sequential decline. - AUD and NZD fall to 1-week lows against JPY as yen selling slows in the wake of Fin Min Aso acknowledgement over one-sided move last week. - More European officials unnerved by euro strength on the eve of Fin Min meeting and G20 summits this week. >- Memo distributed among EZ fin mins prescribing tough medicine to Cyprus bondholders. - Egypt facing more protests as opposition calls for Mursi to step down or face chaos. ***Currencies/Fixed Income/Commodities*** - USD/JPY: JPMorgan recommending some profit-taking in yen-short position while still maintaining a core holding. - EUR/CHF: (CH) SNB's Zubruegg: EUR/CHF cap at CHF1.20 to remain in place for "foreseeable future"; Still sees CHF as overvalued - financial press - EUR/GBP: US financial press comments on GBP staging its biggest weekly rally against EUR since 2011 attributed to less dovish comments from the next BOE Gov Carney last week - (US) Sec of State Kerry: To maintain a very open and transparent permitting process for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline; Hopeful for a decision in the near term - Washington Post - SLV: iShares Silver Trust ETF daily holdings rise to 10,494 tons from 10,446 tons prior - update as of Feb 8th - GLD: SPDR Gold Trust ETF daily holdings fall by 3.0 tons to 1,326.9 tons (lowest since 1,320.8 on Sept 26th) - update as of Feb 8th ***Speakers/Political/In the Papers*** - (CN) China PBoC limits bank lending, warn largest state owned banks - financial press - (CN) China Bank of Communications (BoCom) analyst: Sees China 2013 new yuan loans at CNY9.0-9.5T v CNY8.2T in 2012 - China Daily (update) - (CN) Investors of distressed debt eye bad loans at Chinese banks - U.S. financial press - (CN) PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC): China may top US as the world's largest economy by 2017 - financial press - (CN) ANZ economist: China Feb CPI may rise to 3% from 2% in Jan amid rising confidence in the economy; Large inflows of capital may result in high inflation rates in H2 - Shanghai Daily - (CN) China Ministry of Health confirms two human cases of avian influenza H5N1 (bird flu) in southwestern city of Guiyang - Shanghai Daily - (IN) India Fin Min Chidabaram: GDP will return to 7-8% in the next couple of years - financial press - (CY) A memo prepared ahead of euro zone Fin Min summit on Monday calling for financial rescue of Cyprus to include losses on uninsured depositors in Cypriot banks and holders of Cyprus sovereign bonds - FT >- (IT) Head of Italy's Northern League Maroni: Would support an alternate currency alongside the euro in Lombardy - financial press - (EU) EU's Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Rehn: Looking for closer coordination on currencies to avoid potentially damaging disruptions to world trade - Austrian press (update) - (EU) ECB's Asmussen: G7 and G20 are platforms to discuss currency issues - German press interview (update) - (ES) Bank of Spain Gov Linde: Bank restructuring remains on track - financial press - (IT) ECB's Visco: Global investors closely monitoring Italy's elections and ability to balance public finances; Italy GDP may stop contracting in late 2013 - financial press - (EG) Egypt opposition leaders calling for another day of "peaceful" protests on Monday on the 2nd anniversary of ouster of Mubarak - financial press - (US) JPMorgan raises its Q1 US GDP target from 1.0% to 1.5%; Sees Q4 GDP around 0.2% based on stronger than expected trade data ***Equities*** - JBH.AU: Reports H1 Net A$82.1M v A$74.6Me, Rev A$1.82B v A$1.77B y/y - RIO.AU: Applauds decision by Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT) that Hammersly and Robe lines should not be opened to other miners - financial press - NAB.AU: Retains Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to review costs - Australian press - Innolux 3481.TW: Reports Jan Rev NT$39.3B v NT$44.3B m/m, +26% y/y - PC: Develops new prototype solar cell achieving world's highest conversion efficiency at 24.7%; Tops 24.2% record held by SunPower - Nikkei News - Olympus 7733.JP: May report 9-month op profit around 25B, -4% y/y; May miss FY12/13 net profit target of 8B - Nikkei News - TM: Toyota union said to be seeking annual bonuses averaging 2.05M as part of 2013 negotiations, up 270K y/y - Nikkei News (update) - BA: Saturday test flight "uneventful", no flights planned for Sunday, testing will resume this week -


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