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| | Email Asian Market Update: Asian markets trade higher after record close in SP500, Nikkei225 down on mixed data***Economic Data*** - Source

(JP) JAPAN MAR PRELIM INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION M/M: 0.2% V 0.4%E; Y/Y: -7.3% V -7.2%E - (JP) JAPAN APR MARKIT/JMMA MANUFACTURING PMI: 51.1 V 50.4 PRIOR (13-month high) - (JP) JAPAN MAR JOBLESS RATE: 4.1% V 4.2%E (4-month low); JOB-TO-APPLICANT RATIO: 0.86 V 0.86E (highest reading in almost five years) - (JP) JAPAN MAR OVERALL HOUSEHOLD SPENDING Y/Y: 5.2% V 1.6%E (multi-year high); M/M: +2.0% v -0.8%e - (JP) JAPAN MAR RETAIL TRADE M/M: -1.4% V -0.8%E; Y/Y: -0.3% V +0.4%E; LARGE RETAILERS' SALES Y/Y: 2.4% V 1.8%E - (JP) JAPAN MAR VEHICLE PRODUCTION Y/Y: -16.4% V -15.1% PRIOR - (KR) SOUTH KOREA MAR INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION M/M: -2.6% V -0.9%E (3rd consecutive contraction); Y/Y: -3.0% V -0.7%E - (UK) UK APR GFK CONSUMER CONFIDENCE: -27 V -26E (4-month low) - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND APR ANZ BUSINESS CONFIDENCE: 32.3 V 34.6 PRIOR (3-month low); ANZ ACTIVITY OUTLOOK: 30.3 V 32.4 PRIOR - (TW) TAIWAN Q1 PRELIM GDP Y/Y: 1.5% V 3.1%E; Q/Q: -0.8% - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND MAR BUILDING PERMITS M/M: -9.1% V +2.0%E (biggest decline since Sept 2011) - (KR) SOUTH KOREA MAY BUSINESS SURVEY MANUFACTURING: 81 V 80 PRIOR (10-month high); NON-MANUFACTURING: 72 V 71 PRIOR - (KR) SOUTH KOREA MAR CYCLICAL LEADING INDEX CHANGE Y/Y: -0.2% V -0.1% PRIOR - (SG) SINGAPORE MAR MONEY SUPPLY M1 Y/Y: 15.5% V 14.0% PRIOR; Y/Y: 8.5% V 9.7% PRIOR - (SG) SINGAPORE MAR CREDIT CARD BAD DEBTS (S$): 19.9M V 19.3M PRIOR; CREDIT CARD BILLINGS: 3.35B V 2.95B PRIOR; BANK LOANS & ADVANCES Y/Y: 19.7% V 19.6% PRIOR - (SG) SINGAPORE Q1 PRELIMINARY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 1.9% V 1.9%E - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND MAR MONEY SUPPLY M3 Y/Y: 7.0% V 6.6% PRIOR - (AU) AUSTRALIA MAR PRIVATE SECTOR CREDIT M/M: 0.2% V 0.3%E; Y/Y: 3.2% V 3.2%E ***Markets Snapshot (as of 03:30 GMT)*** - Nikkei225 -0.4% - S&P/ASX -1.0% - Kospi +1.1% - Shanghai Composite closed - Hang Seng +0.7% - Jun S&P500 -0.1% at 1,587 - Jun gold +0.3% at $1,471/oz - Jun Crude Oil -0.1% at $94.38/brl ***Observations/Insights*** - Asian markets were trading higher after US markets closed in positive territory with the S&P 500 ended the session at fresh record highs on strong stock performance and better than expected US housing data. Australian market extended its rally for the second day, reaching a five-year high. S&P/ASX was led by financials after ANZ released a strong set earnings for H1. Shares of ANZ headed toward close up over 5%. - Following yesterday's national holiday, Japanese equities resumed trading with investors signaling a defensive tone on mixed economic data and continued short-covering in the yen trade. Though overall household spending resurged in March, retail sales unexpectedly declined, with both m/m and y/y data coming in much less than expected. Today's after-hours set of earnings include Japans major airlines, as well as tech names Fujitsu, Seiko Epson, and Tokyo Electron. Shipper Mitsui OSK is up over 6.5% after offering much better than expected guidance as part of its earnings, while Nippon Yusen is flat. China markets remained close on public holiday, set to reopen on Thursday. - Currency markets were quiet despite the raft of data out of Japan. USD/JPY briefly tested above the 98 handle but was unable to gain momentum, as traders remained cautious going into the US employment data later this week. EUR/USD is also unable to sustain a rally above $1.31, despite Italian parliament lower house passing the confidence vote on the new PM Letta govt. NZD traded relatively weaker after disappointing decline in building approvals before regaining strength above $0.8550. ***Fixed Income/Commodities*** - (JP) Japan BoJ to purchase 1T in Treasury bills outright on Thursday, May 2nd - GLD: SPDR Gold Trust ETF daily holdings fall by 2.5 tons to 1,080.6 ton (lowest since 1,078.9 in Sept of 2009) - SLV: iShares Silver Trust ETF daily holdings rise to 10,407 tons from 10,392 tons ***Speakers/Political/In the Papers*** - (JP) Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI): Upgrades assessment of Industrial Production - (JP) Japan Dep Econ Min Nishimura: Both Japan, US would benefit from the TPP free-trade agreement - financial press - (KR) Bank of Korea (BOK) gov Kim: Global QE policies becoming increasingly less effective - Korean press - (KR) South Korea Def Ministry: North Korea is keeping missile launchers on the east coast; on alert until they are removed - financial press - (KR) Bank of Korea (BOK) semi-annual financial stability report saw growth of household debt slowing in 2012; Capacity to repay debt said to have deteriorated - Korean press - (AU) PWC study says only one out of every 2 businesses in Australia intend to hire in the next 6 months; Lowest plans for investment in 5 years - NZ press - (NZ) According to BNZ monthly survey, business confidence in Apr rose to 45.3% from 24.6% - NZ press - (HK) New Hong Kong luxury home sales to China buyers declines - Hong Kong press ***Equities*** - MAS: Reports Q1 $0.13 (adj) v $0.14e, R$1.88B v $1.99Be; -2.0% afterhours - HTZ: Reports Q1 $0.21 v $0.18e, R$2.44B v $2.38Be; +0.5% afterhours - ESRX: Reports Q1 $0.99 v $0.98e, R$26.1B v $25.6Be; -2.1% afterhours - BWLD: Reports Q1 $0.87 v $0.99e, R$304.4M v $304Me; +1.2% afterhours - HIG: Reports Q1 $0.92 v $0.83e, R$9.18B v $7.66B y/y; -1.7% afterhours - NEM: Reports Q1 $0.71 v $0.78e, R$2.18B v $2.32Be; -2.0% afterhours - Mitsui OSK 9104.JP: Reports FY12/13 Net loss 178.9B v loss 173Be, Op loss 15.8B v loss 16.7Be, Rev 1.51T v 1.51Te - Unicharm 8113.JP: Reports FY12/13 Net 43.1B v 35Be, Op Profit 59.5B v 58Be, Rev 495.8B v 489Be - Kawasaki Kisen 9107.JP: Reports FY12/13 Net 10.7B v 11.3Be, Op Profit 14.9B v 14.1Be, Rev 1.13T v 1.11Te - Nissin Food 2897.JP: Guides FY15 Op profit 31B, Rev 450B; plans cost cutting measures of 3-4B over three years - Softbank 9984.JP: May report FY12/13 op profit around 750B, +11% y/y - Nikkei News - Nippon Yusen 9101.JP: Reports FY12/13 Net 18.9B v 7.5Be, Op Profit 17.4B v 22Be, Rev 1.90T v 1.88Te - Japan Exchange 8697.JP: Reports FY12/13 Net 10.9B, Op profit 19.6B, Rev 71.7B - Mitsubishi Electric 6503.JP: Reports FY12/13 Net 69.5B v 57Be, Op Profit 152B v 159Be, Rev 3.57T v 3.55Te - ANZ.AU: Reports H1 Net A$2.95B v A$2.92B y/y, Cash profit A$3.18B v A$3.13Be - FCG.NZ: Fonterra pilot SCHEME To Give Farmers milk price certainty - ORG.AU: Reports Q3 Rev A$199.2M, -2% y/y; Q3 output 29.5Pje, -5% y/y, +2% q/q - LG Electronics 066570.KR: Expects 2013 sales of smartphones to reach 50M units vs 26.3M sold in 2012 - Korean press - LG Telecom 032640.KR: Reports Q1 Net KRW74.3B, Op profit KRW123.2B, Rev KRW2.86T -


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