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Markets still perplexed over the implication of Fed taper delay; PIMCO's El-Erian's review says the delay demonstrates the absence of longterm economic strategy in Washington. - Gold, Silver ETF funds increasing holdings for the first time in days as Fed taper delays boosts precious metals. >- Overnight Nikkei report hinting Abe has reached a decision to raise sales tax as expected in April but with accompanying 5T in fiscal stimulus; Fin Min Aso still reluctant to approve corporate tax cut as said to be proposed by Abe. - Shanghai, Hong Kong, Korea closed for holiday. - Markets await RBI policy decision under the leadership of new central bank Gov Rajan. ***Economic Data*** - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND AUG NET MIGRATION: 2.1K V 2.0K PRIOR - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND AUG ANZ JOB ADVERTISEMENTS: -1.4% V +4.0% PRIOR - (NZ) NEW ZEALAND AUG CREDIT CARD SPENDING M/M: +1.2% V -0.3% PRIOR; Y/Y: 6.6% V 4.7% PRIOR (22-month high) - (JP) Japan investors bought net 921.6B in Foreign Bonds last week (1st net purchase in 5-weeks) vs sold net 66.5B prior week; Foreign Investors bought net 153.5B in Japan stocks last week vs bought net 185.4B in prior week - (DE) German Fin Min Schaeuble: Q3 growth weaker than Q2; Aug federal/states revenues -2.4% y/y -financial press - (US) NORTH AMERICA AUG SEMI BOOK/BILL RATIO: 0.98 V 1.00 PRIOR (lowest level, below parity for the first time since Dec 2012; 2nd consecutive decline) >- (US) Weekly Fed Balance Sheet Assets Week ending Sept 18th: $3.679T (record high) v $3.619T prior; M1 y/y change: 9.7% v 10.5% w/w; M2 y/y change: 6.8% v 6.9% w/w ***Fixed Income/Commodities/Currencies*** - (AU) Australia MoF (AOFM) sells 5.50% A$800M in 2015 Bonds; avg yield: 3.1923%; bid-to-cover: 4.15x - (JP) BOJ offers to buy 300B in 1-3yr JGB, 350B in 3-5yr JGB, 400B in commercial paper and 20B in inflation-indexed JGBs from market - JGB: 2-year JGB yield falls to 0.105%, lowest since April 9th - GLD: SPDR Gold Trust ETF daily holdings rise by 0.9 tonnes to 912.0 tonnes (first rise since Aug 27th) >- SLV: iShares Silver Trust ETF daily holdings rise to 10,602 (highest since 10,677 tons on Apr 4th) tons from 10,498 tons - (AU) National Australia Bank (NAB) raises 2013-end AUD/USD forecast to $0.92 from $0.86 prior; raises 2013-end NZD/USD target to $0.84 from $0.78 prior - USD majors contained to narrow ranges with China on holiday - EUR/USD in 10pip range around 1.3530, AUD/USD up about 20pips above 0.9550, NZD/USD flat below 0.8380 on mixed econ data. USD/JPY slightly more volatile, rising above 99.50 before falling to 99.20's on Fin Min Aso comments suggesting discord with PM Abe on corporate tax cut. ***Speakers/Political/In the Papers*** - (JP) Japan PM Abe said to have decided to proceed with raising consumption tax from 5% to 8% in April as previously scheduled - Nikkei News >- (JP) Japan Govt to implement 1.4T worth of corporate tax cuts as part of previously announced stimulus plan and consumption tax hike - Japan press - (JP) Japan Fin Min Aso: There has been no specific directive on economy package from PM Abe; Cannot determine size of package until end of November - financial press - (JP) Japan Econ Min Amari: PM Abe ordered to come up with economic measure by month end; PM Abe is concerned the economy would suffer if companies offer no wage hikes - (JP) BOJ gov Kuroda: Japan economy is expected to continue its moderate recovery; CPI growth likely to pick up gradually; To continue to curb interest rates upward pressure - (AU) JPMorgan economist Kennedy: Strength of AUD following Fed's taper delay and continued rise in Australia unemployment rate may force RBA to consider additional easing - SMH - (US) PIMCO's El Erian: Fed surprise shows Washington lacks of longterm economic strategy; Fed may be concerned over upcoming Congressional budget battl - The Atlantic - (SY) Iran President Rohani said to be offering to negotiate discussions between Syria govt, opposition - financial press ***Equities*** Markets Snapshot (as of 03:30 GMT): - Nikkei225 +0.1%, S&P/ASX -0.4%, Kospi closed, Shanghai Composite closed, Hang Seng closed, Dec S&P500 -0.1% at 1,715, Dec gold -0.3% at $1,365, Oct crude oil -0.3% at $106.12/brl US markets: - NEE: Intends to sell $500M of equity units (approx 1.4% of market cap); -1.1% afterhours - TXN: Increases dividend 7% to $0.30 from $0.28; +0.1% afterhours - AKS: Guides Q3 -$0.27 to -$0.22 (incl items) v -$0.10e; -8.1% afterhours - CTAS: Reports Q1 $0.63 v $0.64e, R$1.12B v $1.11Be; +3.0% afterhours Notable movers by sector (**NOTE: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea markets closed for holiday): - Consumer discretionary: Sydney Airport SYD.AU +0.1% (Aug traffic data) - Materials: Western Desert Resources Ltd WDR.AU -5.4% (A$300M equity raise) - Telecom: NTT DoCoMo Inc 9437.JP +0.8% (may revise business plan to address iPhone update) - Financials: Sumitomo Corp 8053.JP +0.5% (awarded infrastructure order in Myanmar) - Technology: Rohm Co Ltd 6963.JP +1.0% (Announces development of world's smallest semiconductor), Toshiba Corporation 6502.JP +0.7% (to focus on healthcare business) - Industrials: Mazda Motor Corp 7261.JP +0.9% (shipping plans for new Mexico facility) - Source


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