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- Dell down slightly in extended session despite beating on top and bottom lines as gross margins drop 100bps; AMAT continues the trend of underperforming tech names with cautious guidance. - ANZ trading update for 9-months acknowledging softer economy; Sees China worries overdone. >- Weekly Fed balance sheet data saw foreign central banks continue to dump US debt; Note, today's TIC data for June saw China sell the most US treasuries since December - Magnitude 6.8 earthquake in New Zealand leads to brief decline in Kiwi dollar; Initial reports indicate no casualties or major property damage. >- Shanghai Composite up over 3.5% entering midday break; No clear explanation, though rumors circulated range from a fat finger trade at Everbright Securities, speculation of an impending stimulus after reports of potential RRR cuts, to futures expiration positioning. ***Economic Data*** - (SL) SRI LANKA LEAVES REVERSE REPO RATE UNCHANGED AT 9.00% (EXPECTED); LEAVES REPURCHASE RATE UNCHANGED AT 7.00% (EXPECTED) - (SG) SINGAPORE JUL ELECTRONIC EXPORTS Y/Y: -7.6% V -7.8%E; NON-OIL DOMESTIC EXPORTS M/M: -1.1% V +2.1%E; Y/Y: -0.7% V -2.9%E PRIOR - (KR) SOUTH KOREA JUL PPI Y/Y: -0.9% V -1.4% PRIOR ***Fixed Income/Commodities*** - (CN) China MOF sells 182-day notes, avg yield 3.9103% - (AU) Australia MoF (AOFM) sells A$800M in 6.0% 2017 Bonds; avg yield: 2.8700%; bid-to-cover: 3.40x - (JP) BOJ offers to buy from the market 200B in 1-3yr JGBs, 300B in 3-5yr JGBs and 450B in 5-10 yr JGBs - (US) Weekly Fed Balance Sheet Assets Week ending Aug 14th: $3.603T (record high) v $3.542T prior; Foreign central bank holdings of US Treasuries: $2.918T v $2.923T (lowest level since $2.91T in January); M1 y/y change: 11.1% v 11.1% w/w; M2 y/y change: 6.9% v 6.9% w/w - SLV: iShares Silver Trust ETF daily holdings rise to 10,525 (highest since 10,677 tons on Apr 4th) tons from 10,453 tons - GLD: SPDR Gold Trust ETF daily holdings fall by 0.3 tons to 912.9 tons. ***Currencies*** - USD majors are consolidating greenback losses in the US session, where a selloff in the treasury markets was cited as the primary reason for reduced dollar demand. EUR/USD is below $1.3340, down some 20pips from US session highs. Cable also down by a similar margin below the $1.5630 after 2 consecutive sessions of outsized sterling gains. NZD/USD briefly tested above the 0.81 handle - a 2-month high - before selling off nearly 50pips on reports of a 6.8 earthquake, while AUD/USD is grinding out a 4th session of gains above $0.9170. Focus turns to the US building permits and U of Mich consumer confidence data in early US hours where consensus forecast is calling for a multi-year high print of 85.5. ***Speakers/Political/In the Papers*** - (JP) Four China vessels reported to have entered near the disputed Senkaku islands territory - financial press - (AU) Australia RBA assistant gov Debelle: Australia banks will require up to A$308B in additional liquid assets to meet Basel III requirements - (CN) According to China State Council report, China is unlikely to face debt crisis in short-term; China debt level may gradually increase; Both high and low risk scenarios are within controllable range - financial press - (CN) China Ministry of Finance (MOF) researcher: China should exempt first homes from a property tax - Chinese press - (CN) China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) submits plan for consolidation in dairy sector; Expects to complete the program in next 5 years - Chinese press ***Equities*** Markets Snapshot (as of 03:30 GMT): - Nikkei225 -1.3%, S&P/ASX -0.8%, Kospi -0.3%, Shanghai Composite +3.2%, Hang Seng +0.2%, Sept S&P500 +0.2% at 1,659, Dec gold +0.2% at $1,363, Sept crude oil -0.1% at $107.25/brl Notable movers by sector: - Industrials: Toyo Ltd 5332.JP -3.7%; Kubota Corp 6326.JP -2.3%; Chiyoda 6366.JP -2.9%; Hyundai Motors 005380.KR +1.7% (Higher on reports that wage negotiations were being planned with labor unions) - Materials: Mitsubishi Materials 5711.JP -2.9%; Sumitomo Metal Mining 5713.JP -2.9%; Oji Papers 3861.JP -2.7%; Daido Steel 5471.JP -3.0%; Aichi Steel Works 5482.JP -4.3%; Alumina AWC.AU -2.9%. - Energy: Santos STO.AU +3.9% (Australia's Energy-related sector was broadly in positive territory with Santos surging on strong H1 results; It is also maintaining its full year production guidance) - Consumer Discretionary: JWN -2.3% afterhours on weak Q3 and Q4 outlook; JOSB -6.4% afterhours on weak Q2 guidance; APN APN.AU +22.4% (Surged after H1 results showed a return to interim profits and improved balance sheet. It remains on track to reduce debt); Grand Ocean 5907.TW +2.3% - Financials: Woori Financial 005940.KR -2.3%; ANZ Bank ANZ.AU -3.0% (ANZ tumbled 3% after posted 9-month results. Despite a rise in cash profits, it forecasted H2 margins for its Asia business to decline due to low rates) - Technology: DELL slid 0.4% afterhours after narrowly beating estimates; the company did not provide an outlook pending privatization bid from Michael Dell; AMAT -2.2% afterhours, Advantech 2395.TW +2.4%; Asustek Computer 2357.TW +1.0% - Source


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