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Reports Asia

Asian stock market, economy and companies update (February 05, 2013)

February 5, 2013, Tuesday, 06:03 GMT | 01:03 EST | 10:33 IST | 13:03 SGT
Contributed by Trade The News


***Markets Snapshot (as of 05:00 GMT)***
- Nikkei225 -1.6%
- S&P/ASX -0.4%
- Kospi -0.7%
- Shanghai Composite -0.4%
- Hang Seng -1.7%
- Mar S&P500 +0.1% at 1,495
- Apr gold -0.1% at $1,675/oz
- Mar Crude Oil -0.1% at $96.06/brl

***Notes/Observations***
- RBA on hold at 3.00% as expected; Opens the door for more easing if conditions warrant, sending AUD/USD down over 50pips below $1.04
- Australia Dec trade data shows narrowing deficit as higher iron ore prices send export component up 3% m/m and value of iron ore shipments up over 20% m/m
- PBoC daily liquidity operation highest on record
- 10yr JGB auction seeing weak demand after warning form Government Pension Investment Fund overnight.
- Yum shares fall to 1-year lows afterhours after forecasting 2013 EPS decline due to poultry quality crisis in China.

***Currencies/Fixed Income/Commodities***
- (CN) China PBoC to offer CNY450B in 14-day reverse repos (largest one-day injection on record)
- JGB: (JP) Japan MoF sells 2.18T in 0.8% 10-yr notes; Avg yield: 0.795% v 0.822% prior; Bid to cover: 2.75x v 3.52x prior
- SLV: iShares Silver Trust ETF daily holdings fall to 10,420 tons from 10,425 tons prior


***Speakers/Political/In the Papers***
- (CN) China National Bureau of Stats (NBS): China to widen PMI sample to better reflect manufacturing - financial press
- (CN) China top four banks Jan new yuan loans seen around CNY370B - Chinese press
- (CN) Analysts see China Jan CPI falling to 1.8% from 7-month high 2.5% in Dec as tighter food supply issues that exacerbated prior inflation data normalize - Shanghai Daily
- (CN) China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC): 2012 crude oil consumption increase accelerated 4.9% to 476.1M tons from 3.3% increase in 2011 - Shanghai Daily

- (JP) Japan PM Abe: BoJ will decide policy; govt accord will not undermine BoJ independence
- (SG) Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Managing Director Menon: Need to avoid competitive devaluation and protectionist measures - financial press
- (US) Goldman Chief Economist Hatzius: Fed will continue asset purchases in 2013, repeat of U.S. debt ceiling crisis looks likely, politics could boost European risk premium


***Equities***
- Itochu 8001.JP: Reports 9-month Net 208.1B v 218.9B y/y, Op Profit 164.2B v 208.8B y/y, Rev 9.27T v 8.83T y/y
- Mitsubishi Mtoro 7211.JP: Reports 9-month Net 17.3B v 13.6B y/y, Op Profit 40.9B v 38.5B y/y, Rev 1.28T v 1.29T y/y
- Mitsui Chem 4183.JP: Reports 9-month Net loss 9.7B v loss 0.2B y/y, Op Profit 2.5B v 27.6B y/y, Rev 1.01T v 1.10T y/y
- JX Holding 5020.JP: Reports 9-month Net 91.9B v 158.8B y/y, Op Profit 135.0B v 234.5B y/y, Rev 8.05T v 7.79T y/y

- COH.AU: Reports H1 Net A$77.7M v A$81Me, Rev A$391.7M v A$387.5M y/y
- MQG.AU: Sees FY13 Net materially up y/y; FY13 results 10% above 2012 levels
- QAN.AU: Does not plan to renew code-share agreement with British Airways - AFR

- BA: Asks the FAA to allow 787 Dreamliner test flights, FAA likely to grant permission, could come as early as Monday evening - press
- YUM: Reports Q4 $0.83 v $0.81e, R$4.15B v $4.13Be; cuts FY13 EPS guidance to "mid-single digit decline" vs. +10% prior guidance; -5.4% afterhours
- BIDU: Reports Q4 $1.31 v $1.29e, R$1.02B v $939Me; -5.9% afterhours
- HIG: Reports Q4 $0.54 v $0.29e, R$7.74B v $5.61Be; -0.7% afterhours


***Economic Data***
- (AU) RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA (RBA) LEAVES CASH TARGET RATE UNCHANGED AT 3.00%, AS EXPECTED
- (AU) AUSTRALIA DEC TRADE BALANCE (A$): -427M V -800ME (smallest deficit in 6 months; 12th month of deficit)
- (AU) AUSTRALIA Q4 HOUSE PRICE INDEX Q/Q: 1.6% V 0.3%E; Y/Y: 2.1% V 0.9%E
- (AU) AUSTRALIA JAN AIG PERFORMANCE OF SERVICE INDEX: 45.3 V 43.2 PRIOR (12th month of contraction)
- (NZ) NEW ZEALAND Q4 AVERAGE HOURLY EARNINGS Q/Q: -0.4% V +0.4%E; PRIVATE WAGES EX-OVERTIME Q/Q: 0.5% V 0.5%E; PRIVATE WAGES INCLUDING OVERTIME Q/Q: 0.6% V 0.5%E
- (CN) CHINA JAN HSBC SERVICES PMI: 54.0 V 51.7 PRIOR (four-month high)
- (KR) SOUTH KOREA JAN FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES: $328.9B V $327.0B PRIOR
- (PH) PHILIPPINES JAN CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (CPI) M/M: 0.5% V 0.6%E (5-month high); Y/Y: 3.0% V 3.0%E (3-month high); CORE CPI Y/Y: 3.6% V 3.1%E
- (HK) HONG KONG JAN PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX (PMI): 52.5 V 51.7 PRIOR
- (ID) INDONESIA Q4 GDP CONSTANT PRICE Q/Q: -1.4% V -1.3%E; Y/Y: 6.2% V 6.2%E; ANNUAL GDP 2012: 6.2% v 6.3%E
- (IN) INDIA JAN MARKIT SERVICES PMI: 57.5 V 55.6 PRIOR (multi-month high)
- (UK) UK JAN BRC SALES LFL Y/Y: 1.9% V 0.3% PRIOR (highest since Dec 2011)

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