Asia: Markets revive, backed by positive regional indicators

- Markets revive, backed by positive regional indicators "Asian markets were on the upside over the last week, encouraged by strong regional indicators and improved global sentiment."
- China’s PMI and 2Q GDP for Australia underscore Asia’s economic vitality "China posted a better-than-expected August PMI (see Highlights). Moreover, 2Q GDP growth in Australia also beat expectations (3.3% y/y, consensus: 2.8%), as domestic and external demand improved. That said, Korean exports fell in August (see Highlights), as regional export growth continues to show signs of slowing. On the inflationary front, prices remained under control in Korea (2.6% y/y) and Thailand (3.3% y/y), and picked up in Indonesia (6.4% y/y)."
- The uncertain global environment is keeping monetary authorities on a cautious footing "As expected, Bank Negara Malaysia and Bank Indonesia left their policy rates unchanged last week. However, Bank Indonesia raised its reserve ratio to 8% from 5%, in order to drain liquidity in the midst of rising inflation. Moreover, the Bank of Japan and the government unveiled a new stimulus plan (see Highlights)."
- In the coming week…. "Trade figures in China (see What to watch), Philippines and Taiwan, inflation in Philippines and Taiwan, industrial production in India and Malaysia, and machinery orders in Japan. On the monetary policy front, we expect Australia, Korea and Japan to all leave rates unchanged."

BBVA Asia Weekly Watch 20100906

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