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China HSBC Flash PMI hits 3-month highs, though Output component slows; Kiwi falls 1% on slower CPI growth   
Thu, 23 Oct 12:54 AM EST/05:54 AM GMT
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Economic Data
- (CN) CHINA HSBC OCT FLASH MANUFACTURING PMI: 50.4 V 50.2E (3-month high)
- (JP) JAPAN OCT PRELIM MARKIT/JMMA MANUFACTURING PMI: 52.8 V 51.7E (5th straight month of expansion, highest since March)

- (AU) AUSTRALIA Q3 NAB BUSINESS CONFIDENCE: 6 V 6 PRIOR
- (NZ) NEW ZEALAND Q3 CPI Q/Q: 0.3% V 0.5%E; Y/Y: 1.0% (5-quarter low) V 1.2%E

Index Snapshot (as of 02:30 GMT)
- Nikkei225 -0.3%, S&P/ASX -0.1%, Kospi -0.3%, Shanghai Composite -0.4%, Hang Seng -0.4%, Dec S&P500 flat at 1,923

Commodities/Fixed Income
- Dec gold -0.2% at $1,243, Dec crude oil -0.1% at $80.11/brl, Dec copper +0.1% at $3.02/lb
- GLD: SPDR Gold Trust ETF daily holdings fall 2.1 tonnes to 749.9 tonnes; Lowest level since Nov 2008
- (CN) PBoC to drain CNY20B in 14-day repos (24th consecutive drain); Net zero position this week (2nd week of neutral position); Offered yield at 3.4% (in-line with previous yield)
- USD/CNY: (CN) PBoC sets yuan mid point at 6.1459 (weakest Yuan setting since Oct 9th) v 6.1437 prior setting
- (JP) Japan investors sold net ¥1.17T in foreign bonds v bought ¥784.2B in prior week; Foreign investors sold net ¥412.6B in Japan stocks v sold ¥254.6B in prior week ...
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