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| | Email Asian Market Update: China July property price growth slows slightly; Japan trade deficit widens; Thailand in recession***Observations/Insights*** - Source

- Egypt's key equity index plunges nearly 4% as violence continues across the country; West calls use of force "excessive" and urges authorities to end the bloodshed, while Islamist supporters in Turkey and Israel march to restore Morsi to power. >- China July home price data showing slower sequential gains as analysts speculate the existing curbs will persist for several more months. - Australia's opposition continues to widen the lead on ruling Labor party with 3 weeks to go to elections. - Japan merchandise trade balance in deficit as rising imports and large energy bill outweigh hefty export increase; Exports to US and Europe up double-digits. - Among notable companies reporting earnings, Bluescope is down 16% on soft outlook, Amcor down 0.7%, Rusal down 4.1%. ***Economic Data*** - (CN) China Jul New Home Prices M/M: Rises in 62 of 70 cities vs 63 prior; y/y: Prices Rise in 69 of 70 Cities vs 69 Prior (update) - (JP) JAPAN JULY MERCHANDISE TRADE BALANCE TOTAL: -1.02T (3rd largest deficit on record for July) V -773.5BE; ADJUSTED MERCHANDISE TRADE BALANCE: -944.0B (largest deficit in 4 months) V -741.3BE - (AU) AUSTRALIA JUL NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES M/M: -3.5% (largest decline in 26 months) V +3.6% PRIOR; Y/Y: 3.0% V 6.9% PRIOR - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND Q2 PRODUCER PRICES INPUTS (PPI) Q/Q: 0.6% V 0.8% PRIOR; OUTPUT Q/Q: 1.0% V 0.8% PRIOR - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND JUL PERFORMANCE SERVICES INDEX: 58.1 V 55.0 PRIOR (10th consecutive month of expansion) - (TH) THAILAND Q2 GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) Q/Q: -0.3% V +0.2%E (2nd consecutive negative quarter; Slips into recession); Y/Y: 2.8% 3.3%E - (UK) UK AUG RIGHTMOVE HOUSE PRICES M/M: -1.8% V +0.3% PRIOR (1st decline in 8 months); Y/Y: 5.5% V 4.8% PRIOR ***Fixed Income/Commodities*** - (CN) China MOF sells 3-yr 4.29% and 5-yr 4.43% local govt debt - (JP) BOJ to buy 2T in T-bills outright on Aug 21st - GLD: SPDR Gold Trust ETF daily holdings rise by 2.4 tonnes to 915.3 tonnes (highest level since 917.1 tonnes on Aug 5th) as of Aug 16th ***Currencies*** - AUD at 3-week highs above $0.9230; NZD at 2-month high above $0.8120 against the dollar as local bond yields continue to track the yields on US treasuries higher. USD/JPY backs away from 98 handle as cabinet officials grapple with consumption tax increase plans. - EUR, GBP in narrow 20-pip ranges around $1.3330 and $1.5630 - USD/INR: INR currency (Rupee) hits new fresh record lows against USD, moving above INR62.35 level ***Speakers/Political/In the Papers*** - (CN) China may keep its current property curbs in place until at least October; Hangzhou City may levy a property tax in 0.5-1.0% range - Chinese press >- (CN) China Stats Bureau economist Liu: China's 2nd tier cities saw some deceleration in price gains - Shanghai Daily - (CN) According to Chinese economists survey, the largest challenge for China is local govt debt; 77% of the economists participated are positive on achieving 7.5% GDP target and above in 2013 - (CN) China may increase investment level in H2 to boost economy - Chinese press - (CN) China to suspend restrictions on foreign investment in proposed new "free trade zones" - financial press - (JP) Japan PM Abe's adviser Honda: 3pct increase in sales tax will cause drastic decline in consumption; Recommends that the tax is raised by 1pt per year for 5 years - Nikkei News - (JP) Japan survey finds over two thirds of companies see the need for planned sales tax hike - Kyodo News - (AU) Recent polls indicate opposition may form govt in national election - financial pres - (EG) Egypt's EGX 30 Index closes down 3.9% at 5,334; biggest decline in 6 weeks - (EG) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon calling for end to violent protests and "excessive use of force" ***Equities*** Markets Snapshot (as of 03:30 GMT): - Nikkei225 +0.2%, S&P/ASX +0.2%, Kospi -0.3%, Shanghai Composite -0.3%, Hang Seng -0.1%, Sept S&P500 +0.1% at 1,653, Dec gold +0.7% at $1,381, Sept crude oil -0.1% at $107.39/brl US markets: - BX: Said to be in talks with Goldman Sachs to acquire a stake in Rothesay Life - Goldman's UK pensions insurance business; unit valued around 750-950M - UK press Notable movers by sector: - Materials: Pacific Metals 5541.JP +5.9%; Bluescope Steel BSL.AU -16.1% after posting weak FY13 results and warning H1 forecasts would be lower than H2 due to weak domestic demand; Yancoal Australia YAL.AU -2.8% with heavy H1 net losses; Newcrest Mining NCM.AU +0.8%; Perseus Mining PRU.AU +10.2%; Kingsgate Consolidated KCN.AU +11.9%; Australian gold miners were in positive territory with gold near two-month highs - Industrials: Kajima Corp 1812.JP +3.3%; Taisei Corp 1801.JP +1.5%; Mitsubishi Chemical 4188.JP -2.7%; Kawasaki Heavy 7012.JP +1.4% following a team up with Rolls Royce on the development of a new aircraft engine; STX O&S 067250.KR -14.9%, Hyundai Motor 005380.KR -1.7% on reports of failed wage talks, Rusal 486.HK -3.3% after reporting a Q2 Net loss - Energy: JX Holdings 5020.JP +2.9% - Financials: Challenger Financial Services CGF.AU +7.8% on FY13 profits and higher FY14 dividend - Telecom: Softbank Corp 9984.JP +2.6% - Technology: Tokyo Electron 8035.JP +2.7% - Utilities: TEPCO 9501.JP -3.9% - Consumer Discretionary: Citizen Holdings 7762.JP -3.1% - Source


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