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China's equities down on housing prices regulations, risk-off in Asia

Mainland China's Shanghai Composite fell -1.00% on reports that the city of Shenzhen has “banned developers from raising home prices”. Hong Kong's Hang Seng (-0.71%), India's Bombay Sensitive (-0.58%) and Japan's Nikkei Stock Average (-0.61%) followed the risk-off sentiment, like most equity indexes except for South Korea's Kospi (+0.32%).

Futures for the German DAX 30 (+0.12%) and the French CAC 40 (-0.01%) are signaling a mixed opening ahead of France CPI and EMU industrial production, “where markets are looking for -0.1% M/M, but German and French data points to further downside risks”, according to TD Securities analysts. “There is more activity with issuance, where Italy is issuing up to €5.5bn of 15s and 28s, in addition to 4y and 5y FRNs, announced around EST10:10am and Germany is issuing €5bn of 2y, with results around EST10:35am”, wrote analyst Alvin Pontoh.

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