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- Reserve Bank of Australia September meeting minutes reiterated its neutral view, indicating that while "the Bank should again neither close off the possibility of reducing rates further nor signal an imminent intention to reduce them", it will only return to an easing bias if the incoming data demand it. Moreover, the bank expressed concern over risks for rising speculation in housing and also reiterated a "substantial" amount of easing was in the pipeline - prompting analysts to forecast that the central bank is effectively done in the current cycle. - China Conf Board Aug leading index rose for the 5th consecutive month, but resident economist noted higher risks from the property sector with "growth slowed as real estate activity slumped markedly"; Separately China MOFCOM spokesperson attributed improvement in China trade data to both domestic policy and external demand. - PM Abe calls Japan a "buy" at an investor event, calling for higher Japan investment allocations. ***Economic Data*** - (AU) RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA (RBA) SEP MINUTES: POLICY APPROPRIATE AFTER SUBSTANTIAL STIMULUS; BOARD AGREED TO KEEP OPEN POSSIBILITY OF ADDITIONAL RATE CUTS - (AU) AUSTRALIA AUG NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES M/M: +0.8% V -3.6% PRIOR; Y/Y: +0.2% V +3.0% PRIOR - (CN) CHINA AUG ACTUAL FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT (FDI) Y/Y: 0.6% V 24.1% PRIOR; YTD Y/Y: 6.4% V 7.1% PRIOR >- (CN) CHINA AUG CONFERENCE BOARD LEADING ECONOMIC INDEX M/M: 0.7% V 1.4% PRIOR (5th consecutive increase) - (JP) JAPAN AUG TOKYO CONDOMINIUM SALES Y/Y: 53.3% V 31.6% PRIOR - (KR) SOUTH KOREA AUG PPI Y/Y: -1.3% V -1.0% PRIOR - (SG) SINGAPORE AUG ELECTRONIC EXPORTS Y/Y: -9.2% V +0.5%E; NON-OIL DOMESTIC EXPORTS M/M: -6.0% V +0.6%E; Y/Y: -6.2% V 2.2%E - (SL) SRI LANKA LEAVES REVERSE REPO RATE UNCHANGED AT 9.00% (EXPECTED); LEAVES REPURCHASE RATE UNCHANGED AT 7.00% (EXPECTED) ***Fixed Income/Commodities/Currencies*** - (CN) PBoC to inject CNY8B in 7-day reverse repos - (JP) Japan 10yr govt Bond yields decline to 0.715% (2-week lows) - AUD/USD briefly spiked over 20 pips following the release of RBA meeting minutes above $0.9330 before reversing the gains to test below $0.93 as traders assessed the extent of Bank's allowing for the possibility of additional easing. While the statement was neutral in terms of policy, RBA sensitivity to exchange rates and reiteration of preference for lower AUD kept the gains in check. - NZD/USD in 30 pip range around $0.8170, EUR/USD in 20 pip range around $1.3330, and USD/JPY up slightly above 99.30 at the highs. - SGD softer following the Aug exports data, with USD/SGD moving up about 30pips above S$1.2640. ***Speakers/Political/In the Papers*** - (AU) CommSec economist James: RBA has retired to the sidelines; Will be reluctant to ease further unless global or domestic conditions weaken - SMH - (AU) CBA sees RBA's current policy setting of 2.50% as the low for the current easing cycle - (CN) China Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) spokesperson Shen: China Aug trade improves due to policy and demand; To launch Shanghai free trade zone on Oct 1st - (CN) China appoints Shi Yaobin as new deputy Finance Minister to replace Li Yong - (CN) China Stats Bureau Official Sheng Laiyun: China data shows positive factors increasing - Chinese press - (CN) Shanghai Aug CPI y/y: 2.1% v 2.0% prior; Industrial Production y/y: 4.7% v 2.5% - Shanghai Daily - (JP) Japan Fin Min Aso: Economic package should not stand in the way of objective to achieve fiscal consolidation target; Would be difficult to cut corporate tax while raising sales tax - financial press - (JP) Japan Econ Min Amari: PM Abe's opinion about corporate tax cuts takes priority over finance ministry's views - (JP) Japan's PM Abe: Investors should increase their investment in Japan - Nikkei News citing comments from Merrill Lynch Japan Securities investor meeting - (KR) South Korea Fin Min Hyun: Government will offer total of KRW5.3T of tax support for investment; Plans more tax and financial support to boost investment - (US) Janet Yellen said to have solidified front-runner status in nomination to replace Fed Chaiman Bernanke after Summers dropped out - financial press ***Equities*** Markets Snapshot (as of 03:30 GMT): - Nikkei225 +0.1%, S&P/ASX +0.2%, Kospi -0.5%, Shanghai Composite -0.7%, Hang Seng -0.2%, Sept S&P500 -0.1% at 1,690, Dec gold -0.4% at $1,313, Oct crude oil -0.7% at $105.82/brl US markets: - OUTR: Lowers Q3 EPS and rev guidance; approves $100M buyback program after trading window opens in Q4; -20.0% afterhours >- P: Offering 14M shares comprised of new, existing holder; sees subscriber growth rate to slow in H1, rev growth to slow in the future; -4.5% afterhours - WERN: Guides Q3 $0.27-0.30 v $0.35e; -2.1% afterhours - MOS: Guides Q3 lower on softer domestic, int'l crop nutrient markets due to Belarusian Potash Company (BPC) break-up; -1.7% afterhours Notable movers by sector: - Technology: Samsung Electronics 005930.KR -2.5% (Q3 profit concerns) - Financials: Wing Hang Bank Ltd 302.HK +39.9% (possible bid by China Life), Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group 8316.JP +0.1% (China, Japan expansion plans) - Utilities: TEPCO 9501.JP -0.2% (no major damage following typhoon) - Healthcare: Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd 4568.JP -5.8% (FDA bans Ranbaxy imports) - Consumer discretionary: 8028.JP +0.1% (report H1 may post record profits), China Southern Airlines Co 1055.HK +1.0% (announces cargo plane deliveries) - Industrials: Virgin Australia VAH.AU flat (Ethiad Airways increases stake) - Materials: Ramelius Resources Ltd RMS.AU -1.7%, Newcrest Mining Ltd -1.9%, OZ Minerals Ltd -1.4% (Australia miners decline on lower gold price) - Source


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