Asia Market Update: Indices trade generally higher after US gains, various press outlets commented on ‘optimism’ regarding US/China trade deal ; China Unicom and China Mobile decline after earnings


General Trend:

- Chipmakers rise in South Korea, Hynix is expected to issue Q3 results on Thursday

- Financials decline in Shanghai after gains seen on Monday; IT and Telecom Services shares rise

- China Resources Land announced ~HK$6.7B stock placement, property developers trade generally lower in Hong Kong

- Gainers in Australia include Resources and Energy companies

- Australia’s Whitehaven Coal rises over 5% after issuing quarterly production update

- Keppel Corp rises over 16% in Singapore on takeover offer from Temasek

- PBOC makes largest daily injection in open market operation (OMO) since late May amid focus on tax payments

- Japanese markets to return from holiday on Wednesday

- US companies expected to report results during the NY morning include, Biogen, Hasbro, Harley Davidson, JetBlue, Kimberly-Clark, Lockheed Martin, McDonald’s, Nucor, Paccar, Procter & Gamble, PulteGroup, Sherwin-Williams, Travelers, UPS and UTX


Headlines/Economic Data

Australia/New Zealand

-ASX 200 opened +0.1%

- FCG.NZ Raises FY20 forecast milk price to NZ$6.55-7.55/kg (prior NZ$6.25-7.25/kg)

- OSH.AU Reports Q3 production 6.81 MMBOE v 7.5 MMBOE y/y; Rev $361.1M v $474.9M y/y

- RIO.AU Plans to invest $50M to supply EV battery market and produce lithium carbonate in California; Agreed to enter rare earths supply chain in Madagascar


- Nikkei 225 closed for holiday

- (JP) Japan to probe the market positions of online platforms in the digital advertisement market - Japanese press

- (JP) Japan Meteorological Agency warns of two tropical storms to hit central and southern Japan this week while north and central Japan still recovers from tyhpoon Hagibis


-Kospi opened +0.6%

- (KR) South Korea Sept PPI M/M +0.1% v +0.2% prior, Y/Y: -0.7% v -0.6% prior (3rd consecutive decline)

- (KR) South Korea and China held to their first strategic defense talks in 5-years; agreed to make joint efforts for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and for deeper bilateral ties

- (KR) South Korea President Moon: Fiscal policy needs to play bold role more than ever; fiscal and economic strength is very sound

China/Hong Kong

-Hang Seng opened +0.3%; Shanghai Composite opened +0.2%

- (CN) China Foreign Min Wang Yi: Confident in reaching an investment deal with EU and would like to move ahead on trade agreement talks as soon as possible - speaking from Pairs

- (CN) China PBoC Open Market Operation (OMO): Injects CNY250B v injects CNY50B prior in 7-day; Net injects CNY250B v injects CNY50B prior (largest injection since May)

- (CN) China PBOC sets Yuan Reference Rate: 7.0668 v 7.0680 prior

- 941.HK Reports 9M (CNY) Net 81.8B v 92.1B y/y; EBITDA 225.5B v 214.1B y/y; Rev 566.7B v 567.7B y/y

- 762.HK Reports 9M (CNY) Net 9.8B v 8.8B y/y, EBITDA 73.2B v 66.3B y/y, Rev 217.1B v 219.7B y/y

- (CN) China Vice Foreign Min: China economy is a source of confidence for the international community; US and China have achieved some progress in trade talks, hopeful that an agreement will be reached; Reiterates that China will continue to preserve the multilateral system

- (CN) China Min of Industry and Technology (MIIT) spokesperson Huang Libin: China will meet 2019 industrial targets of 5.5-6% despite industrial downward pressure increasing

Other Asia

- INFO.IN One board member received 2 anonymous complaints and they are being dealt with an objective manner; CEO and CFO have been recused from this matter

North America

- (US) White House advisor Kudlow: there is a chance we can get Dec tariffs on China off the table if Phase 1 trade talks go well

- (CA) Canada Election Results: PM Trudeau to remain with his Liberal Party of Canada wining the most seats in Parliament but failing to get an outright majority

- (US) Pres Trump: Deal with China is coming along very well; China sent a statement that they expect a trade deal; Issues that would need to be addressed in Phase 2 of US-China trade talks would be in many ways a lot easier than Phase 1 issues - remarks at cabinet meeting


- (UK) Opposition parties held informal talks about amendments to customs union to find support from enough parliament members to block PM Johnson Brexit deal - UK press


Levels as of 1:20 ET

- Nikkei 225, closed, ASX 200 +0.3%, Hang Seng +0.2%; Shanghai Composite flat; Kospi +1.1%

- Equity Futures: S&P500 +0.2%; Nasdaq100 +0.2%, Dax +0.2%; FTSE100 flat

- EUR 1.1159-1.1144 ; JPY 108.72-108.48 ; AUD 0.6884-0.6862 ;NZD 0.6436-0.6399

- Gold flat at $1,487/oz; Crude Oil flat at $53.51/brl; Copper -0.1% at $2.643/lb

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