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- (JP) JAPAN CABINET OFFICE (GOVT) MARCH MONTHLY REPORT: UPGRADES ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT (THIRD CONSECUTIVE MONTH) >- (NZ) NEW ZEALAND FEB BUSINESS NZ PMI: 56.3 V 55.2 PRIOR (1-year high) - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND MAR ANZ CONSUMER CONFIDENCE INDEX: 114.8 V 121.0 PRIOR (3-month low); ANZ CONSUMER CONFIDENCE: -5.1% V 2.3% PRIOR - (PH) PHILIPPINES JAN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 7.1% V 6.8% PRIOR - (SG) SINGAPORE Q4 FINAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 1.8% V 1.8% PRELIM - (CL) CHILE CENTRAL BANK LEAVES NOMINAL OVERNIGHT RATE TARGET UNCHANGED AT 5.00%; AS EXPECTED ***Markets Snapshot (as of 03:30 GMT)*** - Nikkei225 +0.8% - S&P/ASX +1.2% - Kospi -0.6% - Shanghai Composite +1.8% - Hang Seng +0.7% - June S&P500 flat at 1,556 - Apr gold +0.1% at $1,591/oz - Apr Crude Oil % at $93.29/brl ***Observations/Insights*** - Fed releases CCAR results; Requests JPM and GS to strengthen capital plans, impeding dividends and stock buybacks; shares down 1.9% and 1.7% afterhours respectively; Report followed by barrage from other large financials announcing higher dividends and repurchase authorizations. >- Japan House of Councillors (upper house) confirms Kuroda as next BoJ Gov, Iwata and Nakaso as next BoJ Dep Govs; BOJ transition to take place as early as next week; Markets on watch for interim policy easing as speculated earlier this week. - Japan Cabinet Office raising economic assessment for 3rd consecutive month, tracking BOJ; upgrades industrial production and corp profits. - NZD underperforms as RBNZ Dep Gov says considered OCR rate cut in yesterday's policy decision. - SMH op/ed attributing 13-year high in Australia job adds to annual reshuffling in households surveyed; Estimate true jobs increase around 11.6K. - Samsung Electronics unveils Galaxy S4 smartphone upgrade featuring eye-tracking sensor, 13mpx camera, octa-core processor. - Boeing holds media conference on Dreamliner fix; To upgrade battery and charging unit insulation and make other changes; Remains committed to li-ion batteries; Optimistic Dreamliner can start flying again within weeks. ***Currencies/Fixed Income/Commodities*** - (US) Weekly Fed Balance Sheet Assets Week ending Mar 13th: $3.147T (**record high) v $3.091T prior; M1: +$12.0B; M2: +$19.5B v -$22.6B prior - EUR/USD rangebound above $1.30 ahead of Eurogroup meetings and Cyprus bailout talks going into the weekend. - USD/JPY little moved by Kuroda and co. confirmation; Narrow 30pip range around 96 handle. - GBP/USD consolidating sharp gains during USD session around $1.5080 after bullish BOE Gov King comments. - NZD/USD biggest mover to the downside across the majors as consumer confidence falls and drought-driven dovish RBNZ sentiment permeates. Markets eyeing $0.8150 support after test of $0.82 handle. ***Speakers/Political/In the Papers*** - (CN) China Pres Xi Jinping nominates Li Keqiang as Premier (as expected) - Chinese press - (CN) China LGFV (Local Government Financing Vehicle) risk is controllable - Chinese press - (NZ) RBNZ Assistant Gov McDermott: Considered Cash Rate cut against effect on house prices; Rate cut may help return CPI to target but also exacerbate home price inflation risks - financial press >- (AU) Sydney Morning Herald op/ed citing Australia Bureau of Stats suggesting the Feb employment data was overstated due to adjustment in household survey metrics - (JP) Survey of economists find BoJ will not achieve 2% target wtihin next BoJ gov's 5-yr term - financial press - (JP) Former Japan MoF official Sakakibara 'Mr Yen': Difficult for USD/JPY to trade about 100; CPI will never reach 2% target; Deflation in Japan is structural - financial press interview ***Equities*** - TM: May top 2T op profit in FY13/14, returning as the world's most profitable automaker - Nikkei News - HMC: Plans to offer hybrid versions of the Accord model in Japan starting this summer - financial press - Fujitsu 6702.JP: May delay wage increases - Yomiuri News - Hyundai Motor 005380.KR: CEO Kim: Plans to strengthen small vehicle sales this year - annual shareholders meeting - Samsung Electronics 005930.KR: Unveils new Galaxy S4 smartphone to be launched in late-April - LEI.AU: Visionstream unit awarded A$334M 2-yr contract for National Broadband Network (NBN) - OZL.AU: Receives approval for minerals retention lease in Carrapateena project - MQG.AU: Hires Deloitte to evaluate Private Wealth division - financial press - BA: Exec: Battery system measures to include changes to battery, charging unit, installation - slide presentation - ARO: Reports Q4 $0.24(adj) v $0.24e, R$797.7M v $783Me - Source


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