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| | Email Asian Market Update: China FDI continues to improve; Nikkei225 surges over 2.5% as Yen falls through 99 level - Source

**Observations/Insights/Currencies*** - Soft Pandora outlook for next quarter sends shares down over 5%. >- China YTD rise in foreign direct investment accelerates to its highest rate since late 2011. - Chinese yuan mid-point set at its weakest point in a week, while MOFCOM spokesperson promises continued trade recovery. - New highs in US treasury yields supporting the greenback, as EUR/USD falls back below $1.34. USD/JPY took out a 2-week high and a downward trendline resistance above the 99 handle, helping Nikkei225 rise. - Baosteel and Sinopec earnings expected before the end of the week. ***Economic Data*** - (CN) CHINA JUL ACTUAL FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT (FDI) Y/Y: 24.1% V 20.1% PRIOR; FDI Jul YTD: 7.1% v 4.9% prior (highest reading since Dec 2011) - (CO) COLOMBIA JUN RETAIL SALES Y/Y: 4.1% V 4.1%E - (CO) COLOMBIA JUN INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION Y/Y: -5.5% V -3.9%E - (US) Weekly Fed Balance Sheet Assets Week ending Aug 21st: $3.602T v $3.603T prior; M1 y/y change: 11.1% v 11.1% w/w; M2 y/y change: 6.9% v 6.9% w/w ***Fixed Income/Commodities*** - (JP) BOJ offers to buy 250B in 1-3yr JGB, 350B in 3-5yr JGB and 400B in 5-10yr JGB - (AU) Australia MoF (AOFM) sells 5.50% A$800M in 2018 Bonds; avg yield: 3.1984%; bid-to-cover: 3.74x - USD/CNY: (CN) PBoC sets yuan mid point at 6.1710 v 6.1211 prior close (weakest Yuan setting since Aug 13th) ***Speakers/Political/In the Papers*** - (CN) China Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) spokesman Shen: July trade rebound was driven by govt policy supply and exporters' confidence; Aug trade data may see strong growth - (CN) China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) researcher Liu: Warns regarding potential liquidity issues in H2 - financial press - (CN) China regulators mulling development plan for low-carbon industry - financial press - (CN) China State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) official: Reiterates view that China to gradually open capital accounts - (AU) PIMCO's Mather: RBA may continue to lower cash target rate to 2.00%; AUD/USD may decline as low as $0.80 - financial press - (SY) About 300 "operations troops" made up of Israeli and Jordanian commandos as well as CIA operatives said to have crossed into Syria on Aug 17th - French press citing Twitter sources - (EU) ECB's Nowotny: Opposes releasing ECB vote details in minutes; too early to determine if Greece requires new bailout - Jackson Hole Summit comments - (BR) Brazil to start $60B currency intervention program on Friday; to take further fx measures if necessary - financial press - (BR) Brazil Fin Min Mantega: Has not discussed fuel price increase; Will not confirm or deny press speculation of an increase - financial press - (US) US Pentagon said to be considering civilian job cuts in the thousands due to FY14 cuts - financial press ***Equities*** Markets Snapshot (as of 03:30 GMT): - Nikkei225 +2.4%, S&P/ASX +1.1%, Kospi +1.0%, Shanghai Composite +0.3%, Hang Seng +0.7%, Sept S&P500 +0.2% at 1,657, Dec gold +0.4% at $1,376, Oct crude oil +0.1% at $105.10/brl US markets: - ROST: Reports Q2 $0.98 v $0.93e, R$2.55B v $2.51Be; Raises FY14 EPS guidance; +1.4% afterhours - GPS: Reports Q2 $0.64 v $0.64e, R$3.87B v $3.83Be; Raises FY13 EPS guidance, dividend; -0.1% afterhours - ADSK: Reports Q2 $0.45 adj v $0.42e, R$561.7M v $561Me; +1.3% afterhours - P: Reports Q2 $0.04 (adj) v $0.02e, R$162M v $156Me; -5.7% afterhours - MRVL: Reports Q2 $0.23 v $0.19e, R$807.1M v $790Me; +0.7% afterhours - NDAQ: Halted trade for approx three hours; technical issues resolved in first 30 min; price quotes were not being disseminated by securities industry processor earlier; -0.7% afterhours Notable movers by sector: - Financials: Mirvac Group MGR.AU +2.4% (FY13 results) - Technology: Fuji Film 4901.JP +3.9% (new product announcement), Toshiba Corporation 6502.JP +4.7% (JEMA report) - Materials: Sims Metal Management SGM.AU +6.7% (FY13 results) - Industrials: Mitsubishi Motors 7211.JP +3.4% (plant investment), Lend Lease Corporation LLC.AU +1.0% (FY13 profits rise 10%), NARI Technology Development Co Ltd 600406.CN -4.0% (H1 results) - Utilities: TEPCO 9501.JP -6.2% (continued radiation concerns) - Consumer Discretionary: Crown Limited CWN.AU +6.3% (FY13 profits beat est); Suning Appliance Co Ltd 002024.CN +6.0% (confirms banking services plan) - Energy: China Gezhouba Group Co Ltd 600068.CN +3.5% (H1 results) - Source


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