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- (AU) AUSTRALIA APR TRADE BALANCE (A$): 28M V 180ME (2nd straight surplus) - (JP) JAPAN MAY TOKYO AVERAGE OFFICE VACANCIES: 8.3% V 8.5% PRIOR - (CO) COLOMBIA MAY CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (CPI) M/M: 0.3% v 0.2%E; Y/Y: 2.0% v 2.0%E - (TH) THAILAND MAY CONSUMER CONFIDENCE ECONOMIC: 72.8 V 73.9 PRIOR - (JP) Japan investors sold net 1.17T in Foreign Bonds last week (3rd straight week of net sells) vs sold net 1.12T prior week; Foreign Investors sold net 191.1B in Japan stocks last week vs sold net 68.5B in prior week ***Markets Snapshot (as of 03:15 GMT)*** - Nikkei225 -0.5% - S&P/ASX -0.5% - Kospi -1.5% - Shanghai Composite -0.4% - Hang Seng -0.8% - Jun S&P500 +0.3% at 1,613 - Aug gold flat at $1,399/oz - Jul crude oil flat at $93.76/brl ***Observations/Insights*** - Asian bourses tracked outsized declines in US markets, albeit with more modest losses, where in spite of softer than expected ADP payrolls and lower Treasury yields, the Dow crashed over 200pts back below the 15,000 mark. The Nikkei225 started the day below 13,000 as JPY continued to gain at the early part of the Asian session. USD/JPY did manage to find some footing below the 99 handle for the 3rd consecutive session, helping the Tokyo index reverse its slide. - Elsewhere in the currency market, AUD and NZD hit multi-month lows against USD below $0.9450 and $0.7910 respectively amid continued flight from risk-on assets. Although Australia's trade data for April came in at a surplus of A$28M, it was considerably narrower than the prior month's revised figure of A$555M and less than A$180M expected, with exports declining by 1% from the prior month. Damage was contained by m/m improvements in shipments of iron ore and coal - Australia's top 2 commodity exports. ***Fixed Income/Commodities*** - (JP) Japan MoF sells 551B in 1.9% (1.8% prior) 30-yr notes; Avg yield: 1.865% v 1.775% prior; Bid to cover: 4.06x v 3.57x prior - (CN) China MOF to sell CNY15B in 273-day bills ***Speakers/Political/In the Papers*** - (CN) Beijing May existing home sales +40.8% m/m - Chinese press - (CN) China Ministry of Commerce spokesman Yao: State Administration of Tax and MOF considering to tax e-commerce business - (CN) Goldman Sachs economist Li Cui: China govt to expand offshore Yuan markets and bear higher currency volatility - (CN) Former PBoC adviser Li: China should work on credit asset securitization - (JP) Japan Chief Cabinet Sec Suga: Yen depreciation generally good for economy; may not be good for some importers - (JP) April occupancy rates across Tokyo's 19 major hotels rose 5.7pts to 88.0%, 10-year high - Nikkei News - (KR) South Korea govt said to have accepted North Korea proposal for talks - financial press - (AU) Australia Treasury official Gruen: Western Australia (WA) is not in a recession - financial press - (NZ) New Zealand real estate agency Barfoot & Thompson: Auckland May House Sales +10% y/y - financial press - (EU) Euro zone bailout fund (ESM) said to cap direct bank recapitalization at about 50-70B - financial press - (US) NHC: Tropical Storm Andrea, first named storm of Atlantic season, forms in the Gulf of Mexico; Tropical storm warning issued for parts of Florida West Coast - Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA): Apr global semiconductor sales rose +0.6% m/m to $23.6B ***Equities*** - PAY: Reports Q2 0.42 v $0.47e, R$430M v $466Me; -16.8% afterhours - ENDP: Cuts FY13 $4.10-4.40 v $4.32e, R$2.65-2.8B v $2.85Be ($4.40-4.70, R$2.80-2.95B prior), Announces actions to streamline operations; +0.1% afterhours - ASNA: Reports Q3 $0.26 (adj) v $0.31e, R$1.14B v $1.17Be; -9.3% afterhours - QAN.AU: Shun Tak to acquire approx 33% stake in unit Jetstar - financial press - VAH.AU: Air New Zealand increase interest in firm to 22.99% - financial press - NZX.NZ: Reports May avg daily trades +28.6% y/y - Source


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