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- (JP) BANK OF JAPAN (BOJ) LEAVES TARGET RATE RANGE UNCHANGED BETWEEN 0.0-0.1% (as expected); vote was unanimous >- (JP) JAPAN APR TOKYO CPI Y/Y: -0.7% V -0.8%E; TOKYO CPI EX-FRESH FOOD: -0.3% V -0.4%E (1-year high) - (JP) JAPAN MAR NATIONAL CPI Y/Y: -0.9% V -0.8%E; NATIONAL CPI EX-FRESH FOOD: -0.5% V -0.4%E (5th straight decline; biggest decline since Nov 2010) - (KR) SOUTH KOREA APR SK CONSUMER CONFIDENCE: 102 V 104 PRIOR - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND MAR TRADE BALANCE (NZ$): 718M V 470ME (biggest surplus since Apr 2011); EXPORTS: 4.42B V 4.28BE; IMPORTS: 3.70B V 3.82BE - (TH) Thailand Mar Manufacturing Production Index: Y/Y: 0.5% v -1.2% prior; Total Capacity Utilization: % v 62.9 prior ***Markets Snapshot (as of 04:00 GMT)*** - Nikkei225 +0.1% - S&P/ASX +0.3% - Kospi -0.2% - Shanghai Composite -0.5% - Hang Seng +0.9% - Jun S&P500 -0.3% at 1,577 - Jun gold +0.9% at $1,475/oz - Jun Crude Oil -0.5% at $93.16/brl ***Observations/Insights*** - The BoJ decided to leave the target rate unchanged between 0.0-0.1%. The board voted unanimously to keep the policy unchanged. BOJ also reiterated it will conduct t money market operations so that monetary base increases at annual pace of 60-70T. Key variable for today's decision remains with the semiannual outlook report, in which the BOJ is speculated to extend to a 2-yr timeframe and potentially raise its core CPI projections. >- Japanese March monthly inflation continued to decline for the fifth straight month with the core consumer price index declining 0.5% from a year earlier and worse than the -0.4%expected, suggesting little progress in Bank of Japan (BoJ) achieving its inflation target of 2%. ***Currencies/Fixed Income/Commodities*** - (CN) PBoC sets yuan mid point at 6.2208 v 6.1707 prior close (highest level since 2005 revaluation) - GLD: SPDR Gold Trust ETF daily holdings fall by 2.7 tons to 1,090.3 ton (lowest since 1,086.5 in Sept of 2009) ***Speakers/Political/In the Papers*** - (JP) Three China vessels entered waters near the disputed Senkaku Islands - financial press - (JP) Japan regulators reportedly will penalize asset manager MRI International on suspicion some client assets disappeared - financial press - (JP) Japan and ASEAN to launch a new financial cooperation framework; Japan proposes using its FX reserves to purchase govt bonds of ASEAN nations - Nikkei News - (JP) Japan Chief Cabinet Sec Suga: PM Abe plans to compile growth strategy prior to G8 Summit in June - press conf - (JP) Japan govt will ask that businesses and households conserve energy but will not set numeric targets considering their impact on economy - Nikkei News - (JP) Japan Transport Min Ohta: Japan govt to approve domestic resumption of 787 Dreamliner as early as tonight - financial press - (KR) South Korea Unification Ministry Kim: North Korea has not responded to South Korea's talk offer on Kaesong - (KR) Bank of Korea Gov Kim: Household debt constrains consumption - financial press - (US) US senate approves bill to end air traffic controller furloughs; House vote likely take place on Friday - (US) US Fed said to be scrutinizing largest US banks to ensure ability to handle rate increases - financial press - (US) Bipartisan group of Senators said to have reached agreement to end air traffic control furloughs; Possible Senate vote may take place later tonight - financial press - (US) Senate sets May 6th as the date for vote on the online sales tax ***Equities*** - AMZN: Reports Q1 $0.18 v $0.10e, R$16.07B v $16.3Be; -3.2% afterhours - SBUX: Reports Q2 $0.48 v $0.48e, R$3.56B v $3.59Be; -2.6% afterhours - BIDU: Reports Q1 $0.95 v $1.03e, R$961M v $901Me; -8.1% afterhours - VPRT: Reports Q3 $0.48 v $0.36e, R$287.7M v $289Me; -1.1% afterhours - SYNA: Reports Q3 $0.79 v $0.59e, R$163.3M v $143Me; +17.7% afterhours - UPS: Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreements Covering 250,000 Workers at UPS, UPS Freight - ALTR: Reports Q1 $0.37 v $0.33e, R$410.5M v $427Me; -3.1% afterhours - IM: Reports Q1 $0.41 v $0.43e, R$10.26B v $10.1Be; +0.1% afterhours - VRSN: Reports Q1 $0.58 v $0.54e, R$236M v $232Me; +3.0% afterhours - WYNN: Reports Q1 $2.00 v $1.55e, R$1.38B v $1.38Be; -0.3% afterhours - CSTR: Reports Q1 $0.93 v $0.85e, R$575M v $589Me; +8.2% afterhours - EXPE: Reports Q1 $0.25 v $0.23e, R$1.01B v $961Me; -5.3% afterhours - Shiseido 4911.JP: Reports FY12/13 Net loss 14.7B v profit 3.5Be, Op Profit 26.1B v 25Be, Rev 677.7B v 678Be - Tokuyama 4043.JP: Raises FY12/13 Op guidance by 67% to 6.7B, Rev by 1% to 1.91T - Fuji Heavy 7270.JP: Raises FY12/13 guidance Net to 119.0B from 76.0B prior, Lowers Op profit to 120.0B from 170.0B prior - Denso 6902.JP: Reports FY12/13 Net 181.7B v 169Be, Op Profit 262.4B v 250Be, Rev 3.6T v 3.5Te - Kobe Steel 5406.JP: Reports FY12/13 Net loss 26.9B v loss 34Be, Op Profit 11.2B v 11Be, Rev 1.69T v 1.70Te - Mitsubishi Heavy 7011.JP: Reports FY12/13 Net 97.3B v 73Be, Op Profit 163.5B v 151Be, Rev 2.82T v 2.99Te - Samsung Electronics 005930.KR: Reports Q1 consolidated Net KRW7.2T v KRW6.7Te, Op profit KRW8.8T v KRW8.7Te, Rev KRW52.9T v KRW52.0Te - Hyundai Mobis 012330.KR: Reports Q1 Net KRW119B v KRW93Be, Rev KRW8.11T -


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