General Trend:

  • Shanghai IT index declines on launch of new technology board in China
  • Some Chinese companies are said to have made inquiries related to purchases of US farm products (Xinhua)
  • China State Media: New import plan related to US farm goods shows Chinese commitment, the plan is a response to recent ‘positive’ signals from US officials
  • Hang Seng underperforms ; decliners include property shares, insurers, gaming companies and telecoms
  • Hundreds of thousands said to protest in HK; train operation MTR declines on reports of violence in subway stations
  • Brent Crude Futures rise over 1%, UK said to plan sanctions related to Iran (UK press)
  • South Korea exports on track to decline for 8th straight month in July as chip shipments continue to drop, July 1-20th imports from Japan -14.5% y/y
  • Japan upper house elections in line with expectations
  • RBA Gov Lowe is due to speak on inflation targeting and economic welfare on July 25th (Thursday)
  • US companies expected to report during the NY morning include Haliburton

Headlines/Economic Data

Australia/New Zealand

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  • ASX 200 opened -0.2%

China/Hong Kong

  • Shanghai Composite opened +0.1%, Hang Seng -0.5%
  • (CN) Some companies in China are looking to purchase farm products from the US, cites authorities – Xinhua
  • (CN) New import plan related to US farm goods shows Chinese commitment, the plan is a response to recent ‘positive’ signals from US officials – China State Media
  • (CN) China H1 new local government bond issuance CNY2.18T (+55.2% y/y) vs CNY3.08T quota for 2019; June new local gov’t bond issuance CNY717B (monthly high for 2019) – Xinhua
  • (CN) China PBoC Open Market Operation (OMO): Injects CNY50B in 7-day reverse repos v injects CNY100B prior; Net CNY50B injected v CNY100B injected prior
  • (CN) China PBOC sets yuan reference rate: 6.8759 v 6.8635 prior
  • (CN) China city Tangshan, which is a large steel producer, steps up pollution curbs – China Press


  • Nikkei 225 opened -0.3%
  • (JP) Japan PM Abe’s LDP led coalition government expected to win half of the open seats in today’s upper house election, LDP and partner Komeito retained their simple majority – Japan Press


  • Kospi opened -0.2%
  • Samsung Electronics: Considering expansion of investment in the US due to Japan curbs, according to Yonhap; Samsung refutes the story
  • (KR) South Korea July 1-20 Exports Y/Y: -13.6% v -10% prior; Chip Exports: -30.2% y/y; Imports from Japan -14.5% y/y (Note: South Korea exports are on track to decline for the 8th straight month in July)


  • (IN) Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Gov Das: signs are looking good for economy; interest rate stance now depends on data; rate cuts and accommodative stance equate to 100 bps easing

North America

  • (US) Trump Administration and Legislators said to be approaching deal on budget caps and debt ceiling; awaiting Pres Trump approval – US Press
  • (US) US confirms it will deploy forces to Saudi Arabia and increase maritime surveillance in the Arabian


  • (IR) UK ministers are planning to put sanctions on the Iran regime; Foreign ministry to announce it will freeze Iranian assets after tanker was seized – UK press
  • (IR) Iranian News agency FARS: second UK oil tanker Mesdar has left Iranian waters (from July 19th)
  • (UK) Fin Min Hammond confirms that he will resign if Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister – UK Press
  • (UK) UK government said to consider carbon surcharge related to airline tickets – UK Press
  • (IE) EU said to be preparing aid package for Ireland to soften no-deal Brexit – UK Press
  • (DE) Germany Fin Min: June tax Rev +6.8% y/y, data suggest German manufacturing to remain sluggish – Monthly report

Levels as of 1:20 ET

  • Nikkei 225, -0.4%, ASX 200 -0.3%, Hang Seng -0.8%; Shanghai Composite -0.8%; Kospi flat
  • Equity Futures: S&P500 flat; Nasdaq100 +0.1%, Dax +0.1%; FTSE100 flat
  • EUR 1.1221-1.1207 ; JPY 108.07-107.70 ; AUD 0.7047-0.7035 ;NZD 0.6781-0.6756
  • Gold +0.1% at $1,427/oz; Crude Oil +0.9% at $56.12/brl; Copper +0.3% at $2.751/lb
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