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TradeTheNews.com Asian Mid-session Update: China twin PMIs now both in contraction; RBA on hold at 2% as expected   
Tue, 01 Sep 01:23 AM EST/06:23 AM GMT
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Economic Data
- (CN) CHINA AUG MANUFACTURING PMI: 49.7 (first contraction in 6 months) V 49.7E; NON-MANUFACTURING PMI: 53.4 (3-month low) V 53.9 PRIOR
- (CN) CHINA AUG FINAL CAIXIN/MARKIT MANUFACTURING PMI: 47.3 (confirms 6-year low) V 47.1E; SERVICES: 51.5 (1-year low) V 53.8 PRIOR

- (JP) JAPAN AUG FINAL MANUFACTURING PMI: 51.7 V 51.9 PRELIM
- (JP) JAPAN Q2 CAPITAL SPENDING Y/Y: 5.6% V 8.8%E; CAPITAL SPENDING EX-SOFTWARE Y/Y: 6.6% V 10.9%E
- (AU) RBA LEAVES CASH RATE TARGET UNCHANGED AT 2.00%; AS EXPECTED
- (AU) AUSTRALIA Q2 CURRENT ACCOUNT BALANCE (A$): -19.0B (widest deficit in 7 years) V -15.9BE; NET EXPORTS OF GDP: -0.6% V -0.3%E
- (AU) AUSTRALIA JULY BUILDING APPROVALS M/M: 4.2% V 3.0%E; Y/Y: 13.4% V 10.1%E
- (AU) AUSTRALIA AUG CORELOGIC RPDATA HOUSE PRICES M/M: 0.3% V 2.8% PRIOR; 3rd straight increase
- (AU) AUSTRALIA AUG AIG MANUFACTURING INDEX: 51.7 V 50.4 PRIOR; 2nd straight expansion
- (NZ) NEW ZEALAND AUG QV HOUSE PRICES Y/Y: 11.3% V 10.1% PRIOR; Biggest increase since Nov 2007
- (NZ) NEW ZEALAND Q2 TERMS OF TRADE INDEX Q/Q: +1.3% V -2.5%E; 2nd straight quarter of increase
- (KR) SOUTH KOREA AUG MANUFACTURING PMI: 47.9 V 47.6 PRIOR (6th straight contraction)
- (KR) SOUTH KOREA AUG TRADE BALANCE: $4.3B V $6.1BE
- (KR) SOUTH KOREA AUG CPI M/M: 0.2% V 0.2%E; Y/Y: 0.7% V 0.7%E; CPI CORE Y/Y: 2.1% V 2.1% PRIOR

Index Snapshot (as of 02:30 GMT)
- Nikkei225 -2.4%, S&P/ASX -1.3%, Kospi -1.1%, Shanghai Composite -1.9%, Hang Seng -0.5%, Sept S&P50 ...
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