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| | Email Asian Market Update: Equities retreat as investors begin to take profits ahead of the expected announcement of Sep-taper***Observations/Insights*** - Source

Twitter tweets it has submitted an S-1 in preparation of an IPO. - Bullish sentiment recedes on profit taking as investors take to the sidelines going into next week's critical FOMC meeting; WSJ poll of economists see over 65% forecasting the Fed will announce the start of a taper - Japan cabinet office tracks BOJ with a raise of economic assessment for September, noting the economy is headed toward a gradual recovery. - Japan govt officials continue to respond to press speculation of a sales tax hike accompanied by a fiscal stimulus and/or corporate tax cut. - NDRC denies a property bubble in the wake of reports of mortgage lending moratorium. ***Economic Data*** - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND AUG BUSINESS NZ MANUFACTURING PMI: 57.5 V 59.5 PRIOR - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND AUG FOOD PRICES M/M: -0.5% V +0.5% PRIOR (1st decline in 5 months) - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND SEPT ANZ CONSUMER CONFIDENCE: -3.4% V +2.7% PRIOR; ANZ CONSUMER CONFIDENCE INDEX: 118.8 V 123.0 PRIOR - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND AUG NON-RESIDENT BOND HOLDINGS: 68.3% V 67.9% PRIOR - (SG) SINGAPORE Q2 FINAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.1% V 2.1% PRELIM - (PE) PERU CENTRAL BANK LEAVES REFERENCE RATE UNCHANGED AT 4.25%, AS EXPECTED - (CL) CHILE CENTRAL BANK LEAVES OVERNIGHT RATE TARGET UNCHANGED AT 5.00%; AS EXPECTED ***Fixed Income/Commodities/Currencies*** - (CN) China MoF sells 30-yr bonds at 4.76% - press - (JP) BOJ offers to buy 250B in 1-3 yr JGBs, 350B in 3-5 yr JGBs and 200B in JGB with maturity over 10 yrs from the market - (AU) Australia MoF (AOFM) sells 4.75% A$800M in 2016 Bonds; avg yield: 2.9085%; bid-to-cover: 4.38x - (US) Weekly Fed Balance Sheet Assets Week ending Sept 11th: $3.619T (record high) v $3.610T prior; M1 y/y change: 10.5% v 10.5% w/w; M2 y/y change: 6.9% v 6.9% w/w - USD modestly firmer across the board, bid by continued Septaper expectations - EUR/USD falls over 20pips below 1.3280, AUD/USD down over 30pips below 0.9240, NZD/USD down over 30pips below 0.8110, USD/JPY up 40pips above 99.80. Key US economic data expected in early Friday session with the release of Retail Sales and U of Mich consumer sentiment. ***Speakers/Political/In the Papers*** - (CN) China Tier 1 cities experience over 40 months of consecutive increases in housing rent - Chinese press - (CN) China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) official Li: China is not experiencing property bubble nationwide >- (CN) Shanghai pilot free trade zone to officially open on Sept 29th, allowing for free yuan convertibility under the capital account and liberal rates/foreign exchange - Shanghai Daily - (JP) Japan Govt is evaluating lowering the corporate tax rate in FY14 as part of the spending package designed to ease the impact of raising consumption taxes - Japan press - (JP) Japan ruling LDP party tax panel chief Noda: cutting corporate tax rate is not on agenda this fall - (JP) Japan Econ Min Amari: Japan PM has not yet decided on consumption tax increase; Abe can decide to raise sales tax if steps to offer immediate boost and sustained growth to economy can be taken. - (JP) Japan Fin Min Aso: To consider stimulus without issuance of new govt bonds - financial press - (KR) South Korea Fin Min Hyun: Still possible to achieve 4% growth rate target in 2014; Expects 2013 tax rev to be KRW 7-8T short of target. - (ID) Goldman Sachs sees Indonesia Central Bank (BI) to raise interest rate by another 50bps over the next two meetings - financial press - (US) Survey finds 66% of economists expect Fed to begin to taper its asset purchase program at next week's policy meeting - financial press ***Equities*** Markets Snapshot (as of 03:30 GMT): - Nikkei225 -0.3%, S&P/ASX -0.4%, Kospi -0.4%, Shanghai Composite -0.8%, Hang Seng -0.6%, Sept S&P500 flat at 1,679, Dec gold -0.3% at $1,327, Oct crude oil flat at $108.54/brl US markets: - TWET: Twitter tweets that it has "confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO"; Goldman said to be the lead underwriter for the Twitter IPO - NXPI: Selling shareholders commence 25M share secondary offering of Common Stock; -1.6% afterhours - HAIN: Announces sale of 3.59M shares of common stock by Carl Icahn, liquidating his remaining 7.5% stake; -1.4% afterhours Notable movers by sector: - Industrials: ANA Holdings Inc 9202.JP -0.9% (Asia expansion plans); China Southern Airlines Co 600029.CN +1.3%, China Eastern Airlines 600115.CN +5.9% (Goldman Sachs analyst comments Shanghai free-trade zone is a boost for China airlines) - Technology: Hynix Semiconductor 000660.KR +0.5% (China operations to be restored in Oct), Samsung Electronics 005930.KR -0.4% ($500M investment plans), Lenovo Group Ltd 992.HK -1.1% (smartphone expansion plans), Sharp Corp 6753.JP -4.7%, Everlight Electronics Co 2393.TW -2.3% (patent suit lost), United Microelectronics Corp 2303.TW -0.8% (lowered Q4 rev guidance) - Financials: China Merchants Bank Co Ltd 600036.CN -1.5% (rejects speculation of mortgage loan halt), Fosun International 656.HK -2.4% (to invest in Caruso Spa) - Materials: Newcrest Mining Ltd NCM.AU -1.6%, Oz Minerals OZL.AU -1.6%; Australia precious metal miners lower on decline in gold price. - Source


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