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- Asian equity markets little changed - a quiet before the likely burst of volatility following Wednesday taper decision from the FOMC; According to one survey, analysts are near-even split in expectations of any taper at $5B or less or $10B or more. - Nikkei225 the most notable outperformer, with reports of softening cabinet opposition to lower corporate tax rates as the counterbalance to the expected increase in sales tax. >- Japan threatens to shoot down drones after last week's fly-by around the disputed island territory. - China home price gains picking up the pace in Aug: new home prices m/m: 0.8% v 0.7% prior; y/y: 8.3% v 7.5% prior. - S&P citing possibility of slippage in West Australia fiscal plans; Cuts rating to AA+ from AAA. ***Economic Data*** - (CN) CHINA AUG NEW HOME PRICES M/M: RISES IN 66 OF 70 CITIES VS 62 PRIOR; Y/Y: PRICES RISE IN 69 OF 70 CITIES VS 69 PRIOR - (AU) AUSTRALIA JUL WESTPAC LEADING INDEX M/M: 0.6% V 0.0% PRIOR (3-month high) - (AU) AUSTRALIA JUL CONFERENCE BOARD LEADING INDEX: +0.3% V -1.1% PRIOR - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND Q2 CURRENT ACCOUNT BALANCE (NZ$): -1.25B V -1.90BE; CURRENT ACCOUNT GDP RATIO YTD: -4.3% V -4.8%E ***Fixed Income/Commodities/Currencies*** - JGB: (JP) Japan's MoF sells 1.10T 20-year 1.7% JGBs; Avg yield: 1.660% v 1.689% prior; bid-to-cover: 3.21x v 3.39x prior - (AU) Australia MoF (AOFM) sells 4.75% A$800M in 2015 Bonds; avg yield: 2.7867%; bid-to-cover: 3.39x - (US) API PETROLEUM INVENTORIES: CRUDE: -252K (3rd consecutive draw) v -1Me; GASOLINE: -641K v +0.5Me; DISTILLATE: -167K v +1Me - USD majors in narrow ranges with traders unwilling to make big bets ahead of the critical Fed decision - USD/JPY in 20pip range around 99.20, EUR/USD in 15pip range around 1.3350, AUD/USD in 20pip range around 0.9350, while NZD/USD in 20pip range around 0.8230. Early session USD strength has given to short-covering late in the day. Precious metals fell, tracking lower USD with gold down $20 to $1,390 low; Silver down 40c at $21.40. ***Speakers/Political/In the Papers*** - (AU) S&P cuts Western Australia (WA) credit rating to AA+ from AAA; Outlook Stable - (AU) RBA's Assistant Gov Edey: Talk of a housing bubble would be alarmist; house prices have risen in line with income - (NZ) New Zealand PM Key: Concerned about the prices of property; more comfortable with current account deficit - financial press - (NZ) New Zealand Fin Min English: NZD at high $0.70s would be comfortable; country is in a good position to benefit if NZD weakens - (CN) Publishing of Shanghai Free Trade Zone detailed rules may be delayed - Chinese press - (CN) China State Information Center researcher Zhang: China faces risks in US treasuries holding - Chinese press - (CN) China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) accepts property company financing plans - press - (JP) Japan MoF said to be softening its opposition to corporate tax cut - Nikkei News - (JP) Japan said to be mulling plans to shoot down unmanned aircraft - Japanese press - (US) WSJ Fed watcher Hilsenrath: Fed does not want to upset markets tomorrow, so will make extra effort to reinforce low rate guidance; Fed really does not want to set off more market volatility - CNBC interview ***Equities*** Markets Snapshot (as of 03:30 GMT): - Nikkei225 +1.8%, S&P/ASX -0.3%, Kospi closed, Shanghai Composite -0.2%, Hang Seng -0.3%, Dec S&P500 +0.1% at 1,700, Dec gold -0.9% at $1,297, Oct crude oil +0.2% at $105.65/brl US markets: - ADBE: Reports Q3 $0.32 v $0.34e, R$995M v $1.01Be; Guides Q4 $0.28-0.34 v $0.41e, R$1.00-1.05B v $1.09Be; +5.5% afterhours - STLD: Guides Q3 EPS $0.21-0.26 v $0.26e; flat afterhours - DLTR: Adopts $2B Share Repurchase Authorization (about 16% of market cap); +3.5% afterhours - AFOP: Raises Q4 Rev guidance to above $22M v $20Me ($19.5-20.5M prior) ; +13.6% afterhours Notable movers by sector: - Technology: Sharp Corp 6753.JP +2.4% (press reports on H1 profit guidance), Hon Hai Precision Industries 2412.TW flat (commitment to secure 4G licenses), Lenovo Group Ltd LNVGY +1.0% (raises quarterly shipment forecast) - Consumer discretionary: Japan Airlines Corp 9201.JP +2.1% (improved finances) - Industrials: Kawasaki Heavy Industries 7012.JP +4.4% (railcar order), Hitachi Ltd 6501.JP +1.3% (JV facility expansion) - Materials: Perseus Mining Ltd PRU.AU -4.0%, Newcrest Mining Ltd NCM.AU -3.2%, (Australia miners lower as gold, metals continued to decline); Rio Tinto Ltd RIO.AU -1.4%, BHP Billiton Ltd BHP.AU -0.6%, Aluminum Corporation of China Limited 2600.HK -2.5%, Jiangxi Copper Company Ltd 358.HK -2.5%, Angang Steel 347.HK -0.8% on weaker commodity prices. - Telecom: China Unicom Ltd 762.HK -0.3%, China Telecom Corp. Ltd 728.HK -1.0% (China telecoms down on possible iPhone supply issues) Related (UPDTE ) - Source


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