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- (AU) AUSTRALIA MAY BUILDING APPROVALS M/M: -1.1% V -1.0%E; Y/Y: -3.2% V -0.1%E - (JP) Japan investors sold net 965.9B in Foreign Bonds last week (7th straight week of net sells) vs net 1.19Tsold in prior week; Foreign Investors bought net 479.7B in Japan stocks last week vs bought net 171.2B in prior week - (HK) HONG KONG JUN PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX (PMI): 48.7 V 49.8 PRIOR - (TH) THAILAND JUN CONSUMER CONFIDENCE INDEX: 81.6 V 82.5 PRIOR ***Markets Snapshot (as of 04:00 GMT)*** - Nikkei225 -0.1% - S&P/ASX +0.9% - Kospi +0.5% - Shanghai Composite +0.9% - Hang Seng +1.8% - Sept S&P500 +0.1% at 1,610 - Aug gold +0.3% at $1,255/oz - Aug crude oil +0.1% at $101.29/brl ***Observations/Insights*** - The USD hovered just under 100 yen in the morning session as investors wait for the important nonfarm payrolls data out of the US for new clues as to when the Fed will begin scaling back its monthly bond purchases. - In a speech at the bank's branch managers meeting, the BOJ gov Kuroda added nothing substantial and reiterated that the central bank would maintain easing until the 2% inflation target can be reached. There was little reaction in the currency markets following the governor's comments. - Following removal of President Mursi by the Egyptian armed forces, the White House issued a statement that President Obama was concerned with military action. The statement urged the military to transfer authority back to civilian leader as soon as possible. Oil prices were slightly higher; US crude approached the 14-month high, edging up 0.1% to just above $101.3/brl on possible supply concerns and further threats of destabilization in the Middle East. - The total number of Australian building approvals for new homes declined 1.1% in May, just slightly more than the expected decline of 1.0%, which was affected by the 9.8% decline in approvals for other dwellings; y/y approvals declined 3.2%, the first decline since last August. - Investors await ECB meeting and the US jobs data on Friday. ***Fixed Income/Commodities/Currencies*** - JGB: (JP) Japan MoF sells 548B in 1.9% (1.9% prior) 30-yr notes; Avg yield: 1.894% v 1.865% prior; Bid to cover: 3.96x v 4.06x prior - (CN) BP report estimates China oil refining capacity to peak in three years - (CN) China Statistic Bureau: China pork prices unchanged in late June ***Speakers/Political/In the Papers*** - (CN) China PBoC halts open market operations for Thursday's session; To inject net CNY46B into money market this week - (CN) China Chain Store Association head Guo: China 2012 big retailers labor costs +20.5% y/y - (CN) According to DTZ report, Shanghai major property acquisition reached $2.5B in H1, +19% y/y - (CN) China MOF and PBoC to auction CNY100B treasury deposits in July - Chinese press - (CN) Shenzhen H1 avg new home prices +20.4% y/y - financial press - (CN) China State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) official Guan: China accelerates relaxation of capital controls to make yuan freely tradable - financial press - (CN) China Construction Bank analyst: China yuan will continue to appreciate in H2 at slower pace - Chinese press - (CN) State Information Center: China H2 GDP may be 7.6%, 2013 CPI of 2.5% - Chinese press - (JP) BOJ gov Kuroda: Japan economy has been picking up; To maintain easing until 2% inflation target can be reached - Speech at Branch Managers Meeting - (JP) Official campaigning for House of Councilors (upper house) election begins Thursday - Kyodo News - (AU) RBA deputy gov Lowe: trade-offs exist when formulating regulations; trade-off in increased collateralization of bank debt. - (AU) TD lowers Australia 2013 GDP to 2.7% from 3.0% prior - financial press - (KR) Goldman Sachs cuts South Korea 2013 GDP forecast to 2.7% from 2.9% prior - (KR) South Korea proposes talks with North Korea on Saturday July 6th - Yonhap - (KR) South Korea Fin Min Hyun: needs to boost policy supports so as to develop service industry for jobs - (EG) Follow up: Egypt President Mursi said to be held by authorities - financial press - (US) White House issues presidential statement: President Obama states the US govt is deeply concerned with the situation in Egypt, concerned with military's action - financial press ***Equities*** - S: Reportedly FCC approves the merger of Sprint, Clearwire, and Softbank - press - WOW.AU: Australia competition authority ACCC does not oppose acquisition of Hawker Supa IGA - EVN.AU: Reports June quarter gold production at 112.5 oz +34% q/q - Fuji Heavy 7270.JP: Forecasts FY13 Japan production of more than 620.0k units; sees record FY13 rev, op profit - Nikkei News - Sapporo 2501.JP: Sees H1 op loss reduced due to strong beer sales - financial press - ABC-Mart 2670.JP: May report Q1 op profit 10B +20% y/y - Nikkei News - Wintek 2384.TW: Reports June Rev NT$4.39B (3-yr low) v NT$6.01B m/m - Source


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