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Reports Asia

Asian stock market, economy and companies update (April 01, 2013)

April 1, 2013, Monday, 07:43 GMT | 02:43 EST | 11:13 IST | 13:43 SGT
Contributed by Trade The News


***Markets Snapshot (as of 02:30 GMT)***
- Nikkei225 -0.9%
- S&P/ASX closed
- Kospi -0.5%
- Shanghai Composite +0.1%
- Hang Seng closed
- June S&P500 +0.4% at 1,569
- Jun gold +0.2% at $1,599/oz
- May Crude Oil -0.5% at $96.75/brl

***Observations/Insights***
- The first trading day of fiscal year in Japan was relatively subdued due to the light trading volume from close markets in the US, Australia, and Hong Kong. The sentiment turned more cautious following the release of data out of Asia's top two economies. The BoJ Tankan Survey came in just shy of expectations, but enough for investors to tread cautiously. Concern over the momentum behind China recovery resurfaced following the release of the manufacturing PMI. Investors will be focused on the BoJ policy meeting with high expectations for new monetary easing measures under the new leadership of governor Kuroda.

- The Chinese govt continued to place restrictions on property prices. The large cities tightened rules on home purchases following a request to increase efforts to cool the property market. Beijing will ban single-person households from purchasing more than one home, while increasing down payment requirements for all 2nd property buyers. The city of Shanghai will follow in suit with a 20% taxation policy, and an increase in both down payments and mortgage rates of second home buyers.

***Currencies/Fixed Income/Commodities***
- (CN) PBoC sets yuan mid point at 6.2674 v 6.2108 prior close (highest CNY setting since May 2012)
- (CN) China 2013 rare earth mining targets set at 46.9K tons, about half of 2012 amount - DigiTimes
- (KR) South Korea sells 30-yr bonds; avg yield 3.17%

- JPY strengthened across the board, as fears of a BOJ disappointment overshadowed expectations of a meaningful policy shift. The JPY approached a weekly high of 93.85 against the USD rebounding from a low of 94.37. Against the EUR, the JPY reached a high of 119.96 after trading as low as 120.90. EUR/USD fell nearly 50 pips from Friday's levels on reports Italy may have to return to the polls amid continued political uncertainty and speculation of resignation by Pres Napolitano. AUD/USD fell about 20 pips to $1.0385 after China PMI fell shy of estimates despite rising to 11-month highs.

***Speakers/Political/In the Papers***
- (IT) ECB Pres Draghi held talks with Italian Pres Napolitano following earlier reports that he is considering resignation
- (BE) Belgium govt unveils new round of spending cuts in the amount of €1.43B - Source (CY) Bank of Cyprus depositors may lose up to 60% of savings in deposits above €100K - press

- (CN) Beijing said to ban single-person households from purchasing more than one home; Also increasing down payment requirements for all 2nd property buyers - financial press
- (CN) Nanjing plans to limit new house prices less than income - financial press
- (CN) Shanghai govt to raise min wage to CNY1,620/mo
- (CN) China Mar Home prices +1.1% m/m - Soufun
- (CN) China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC): China needs direct financing for urbanization - financial press

- (TW) Taiwan reported to be on alert against H7N9 avian flu virus; follows earlier reports that two Chinese said to have died from H7N9 avian flu - financial press
- (TW) Taiwan may increase cap on stakes that China banks can have in Taiwan financials to as much as 20% - financial press

- (JP) Japan, US to hold joint drills that involve "island-capturing" exercises in June - Japanese press
- (JP) Japan PM Abe met meets with govt of Mongolia, with talks related to investment in resource development as well as partnership related territorial dispute on the East China Sea

- (NZ) Heavy rain showers across part of New Zealand's North Island said to have helped to alleviate farmers controls regarding drought conditions - NZ Herald

- (IN) India vehicle sales are at a 12-year low as automakers offer generous discounts and payment plans to work off a glut of inventory - financial press

- (SG) Singapore Q1 Private Home Prices q/q: 0.5% v 1.8% prior - URA

***Equities***
- TM: May report FY12/13 op profit of ¥1.2-1.3T vs ¥1.15T forecast on Feb 5th - Nikkei News
- Daikin: 6367.JP: CEO: Guides FY13/14 Op profit ¥120B, Rev ¥1.71T - financial press interview
- All Nippon Airways: 9202.JP: Exec: aims to restart 787 flights in June - financial press

- DELL: CEO Dell to consider Blackstone buyout if CEO position kept - financial press
- AAPL: Said to be in plans to launch iRadio in the summer - financial press
- XOM: Preparing response to oil spill of up to 10k brls in Arkansas; Pegasus pipeline halted
- JNJ Johnson & Johnson Inc FDA approves J&J's Invokana to treat Type 2 diabetes


***Economic Data***
- (CN) CHINA MAR HSBC MANUFACTURING PMI: 51.6 V 51.6E
- (CN) CHINA MAR MANUFACTURING PMI: 50.9 V 51.2E
- (JP) JAPAN Q1 TANKAN LARGE MANUFACTURING INDEX: -8 V -7E; LARGE ALL INDUSTY CAPEX: -2.0% V +5.0%E; LARGE MANUFACTURING OUTLOOK: -1 V +1E
- (JP) JAPAN FEB LOANS & DISCOUNTS CORP M/M: 1.4% V 1.3% PRIOR
- (KR) SOUTH KOREA MAR HSBC MANUFACTURING PMI: 52.0 V 50.9 PRIOR
- (KR) SOUTH KOREA MAR EXTERNAL TRADE BALANCE: $3.4B V $3.1BE
- (KR) SOUTH KOREA MAR CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (CPI) M/M: -0.2% V +0.4%E; Y/Y: 1.3% V 1.8%E; CORE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX: 1.5% V 1.3% PRIOR
- (ID) INDONESIA FEB TOTAL TRADE BALANCE: -$330M V -$206ME
- (ID) INDONESIA MAR INFLATION M/M: 0.6% V 0.4%E; Y/Y: 5.9% V 5.6%E
- (ID) INDONESIA MAR HSBC MARKIT MANUFACTURING PMI: 51.3 V 50.5 PRIOR
- (TH) THAILAND MAR CONSUMER PRICE INDEX M/M: 0.1% V 0.4%E; Y/Y: 2.7% V 3.0%E; CORE CPI Y/Y: 1.2% V 1.4%E
- (VN) VIETNAM MAR HSBC MANUFACTURING PMI: 50.8 V 48.3 PRIOR
- (TW) TAIWAN MAR HSBC MANUFACTURING PMI: 51.2 V 50.2 PRIOR