Markets in Hong Kong and China outperformed amid reports that inspectors from the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board completed their work in China about two weeks ahead of schedule.
South Korea’s Defense Minister Lee said that North Korea appears to be preparing to conduct a nuclear test. China will purchase 140 aircraft from Airbus for about $17 bln.
Japan’s October Services PMI 53.2 (last 53.0)
Australia’s September Retail Sales 0.6% m/m, as expected (last 0.6%). Q3 Retail Sales 0.2% qtr/qtr (expected 0.4%; last 1.0%). October AIG Construction Index 43.3 (last 46.5)
Singapore’s September Retail Sales 3.3% m/m (last -1.2%); 11.2% yr/yr (last 13.3%)