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| | Email Asian Market Update: Asian markets helped by strong US data; Cyprus prepares for capital control measures ahead of bank reopen***Economic Data*** - Source

- (KR) SOUTH KOREA MAR SK CONSUMER CONFIDENCE: 104 V 102 PRIOR - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND MAR ANZ BUSINESS CONFIDENCE: 34.6 V 39.4 PRIOR; ANZ ACTIVITY OUTLOOK: 32.4 V 37.6 PRIOR ***Markets Snapshot (as of 03:30 GMT)*** - Nikkei225 flat - S&P/ASX +0.6% - Kospi +0.8% - Shanghai Composite +0.2% - Hang Seng +0.7% - June S&P500 +0.8% at 1,564 - Jun gold +0.1% at $1,599/oz - May Crude Oil -0.2% at $96.17/brl ***Observations/Insights*** - Asian markets traded mostly in positive territory following the strong performance on Wall Street, where positive investor sentiment reflected strong US home price and durable goods order data. The Nikkei225 index however, declined slightly at the open, in part due to the ex-dividend price adjustment period. - After yesterday's bold easing comments by the Gov Kuroda, JPY retained its soft tone after Nikkei News speculated the BoJ would initiate new bond buying targets to make certain that the scale of monetary easing will increase transparency. The central bank is also said to plan to create a single purchasing target by combining its two asset purchase facilities (monetary easing facility and liquidity facility). The focus remains squarely on the next BoJ policy meeting on April 3-4 where further details are expected to be discussed. - Cyprus banking sector uncertainty continues to percolate as the Cyprus Central Bank's Demetriades confirmed the Bank of Cyprus uninsured deposit losses will reach 40%. Cypriot Finance Minister Sarris also said uninsured Laiki (Popular) Bank depositors could see haircuts of up to 80% with the possibilities of uninsured depositors not receiving payouts for as much as 7 years. The finance minister reiterated that banks will reopen Thursday, while the country prepares for capital controls to be finalized by Wednesday. ***Currencies/Fixed Income/Commodities*** - (US) API PETROLEUM INVENTORIES CRUDE: +3.74M V +1ME (First build in 3 weeks); GASOLINE: -2M V -1.5ME; DISTILLATE: -1.91M V -1ME; UTILIZATION: 84.7% V 82.9% W/W - (AU) Australia MoF (AOFM) sells A$625M 4.75% 2027 Notes; avg yield: 3.8881%; bid-to-cover: 3.26x - (CN) China Iron and Steel Agency (CISA): Sees inventory of China's large steel mills at record high levels of 14.52M tons as of mid-March - JPY weakened for the second consecutive session following the Nikkei News speculation on upcoming BOJ policy changes. USD/JPY hit session high of 94.80 in Asian hours, rising for the 2nd consecutive session. EUR/JPY reached a high of 121.85 and AUD/JPY traded above 99.20. NZD/USD rose to withing a hair of the $0.84 handle after Fonterra boosted its payout ratio as part of H1 results before profit-taking set in following a retreat in ANZ business confidence. EUR/USD traded relatively flat in a 20-pip range, testing session lows below $1.2850 late in the day. ***Speakers/Political/In the Papers*** - (CY) Fitch places Cyprus sovereign rating on watch negative - (CN) Guangzhou city dep mayor Chen: China city of Guangzhou to cap home prices at GDP levels - Chinese press - (CN) China big four banks Mar 1st-24th new loans at CNY227.8B - Chinese press - (CN) China March new loans are estimated to increase to CNY850B vs CNY620B in Feb - China Daily - (CN) BRICS official: China to carry bulk of BRICS Contingency Fund - (CN) Civil Aviation Administration of China: 2012 cargo traffic in China airports rose 3.6% to 11.99M tons - (JP) BOJ to initiate new bond buying targets to ensure that the scale of its monetary easing has increased transparency - Japan press - (JP) Japan cabinet approved 32.2T stopgap budget for FY13 - financial press - (JP) Japan PM Abe: Fiscal policy to be implemented in view of economic conditions; Excessive yen strength beginning to be corrected - (KR) South Korea military briefly raised alert level near its border with the North - Korean press - (AU) Australia RBA Releases Financial Stability Review: Household caution unchanged despite asset price recovery; Euro area continues to face significant challenges - (AU) RBA Board Member Broadbent: Australia in pretty good condition; AUD strength has been painful for economy - (US) Fed's Dudley (dove, FOMC voter): the fiscal drag is now at its most intense point - media interview - (TW) Magnitude 6.1 earthquake reported around central Taiwan - financial press ***Equities*** - SAI: Reports Q4 $0.54 v $0.52e, R$2.71B v $2.73Be, Approves special cash dividend of $1/shr - LOGM: Prevails in patent litigation case against 01 Communique - TM: May unveil a new more fuel-efficient hybrid Prius model in the spring of 2015 - Nikkei News - HMC: Exec: Sees US March new car sales +8% y/y - Daiei 8263.JP: Aeon to increase stake in Daiei by over 40% - Nikkei News - QAN.AU: Australia regulator ACCC granted conditional authorization for alliance with Emirates - financial press - FCG.NZ: Reports H1 Net NZ$459M v NZ$346M y/y; Rev NZ$9.3B v NZ$10.0B y/y; Farmgate milk price: NZ$5.80/kg; Raises farmer payout forecast to NZ$6.12 from NZ$5.90-6.00 prior target -


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