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Asian Market Update TRADETHENEWS.COM STAFF Asian Mid-session Update: Japan officials promise discipline plan after Fitch cut rating   
Tue, 28 Apr 12:29 AM EST/05:29 AM GMT
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Economic Data
- (JP) JAPAN MAR RETAIL SALES M/M: -1.9% V 0.6%E; RETAIL TRADE Y/Y: -9.7% V -7.5%E (biggest decline since 1998)

- (AU) Australia ANZ Roy Morgan Weekly Consumer Confidence Index: 111.8 v 108.8 prior
- (AU) Australia Feb Conference Board Leading index m/m: 0.5% v 0.4% prior (3rd consecutive increase)

Index Snapshot (as of 02:30 GMT)
- Nikkei225 +0.5%, S&P/ASX -0.3%, Kospi -0.1%, Shanghai Composite flat, Hang Seng -0.4%, Jun S&P500 -0.1% at 2,102

Commodities/Fixed Income
- Jun gold -0.2% at $1,201/oz, Jun crude oil -1.3% at $56.23/brl, May copper -0.5% at $2.7575/lb
- GLD: SPDR Gold Trust ETF daily holdings fall 3.3 tonnes to 739.1 tonnes
- SLV: iShares Silver Trust ETF daily holdings rise to 10,284 tonnes from 10,239 tonnes prior; Highest since Dec 2014
- (CN) PBoC won't conduct open market operations (OMO) in today's session (3rd consecutive halt)
- USD/CNY: PBoC sets yuan mid point at 6.1209 v 6.1220 prior setting (strongest Yuan setting since Jan 16th) ...
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