The better than expected HSBC Flash PMI data for China ( +50.5 Sept.) halted the slide in the AUD$ ( .8917 / +.52%) Meanwhile , in the eurozone a better than expected German Markit PMI reading for September in the Composite and Services flashes has provide support to the Euro with modest gains this morning ( 1.2892 / +.33%). Overnight news of airstrikes by the US with support of some European and Middle Eastern nations against ISIS targets in Syria has lead to a bid in the JPY (108.37 +41% ) which is well know as a “safe haven” currency play. In other news , President Kocherlakota of the Minneapolis Fed expressed concern over the clarity of the US Federal Reserve’s statement on its inflation target and its effect on “inflation expectations” . In precious metals Gold ( 1226 / +.67%) and Silver ( 17.88 / +.56%) are firmer overnight after their recent downward spiral. Today’s economic calendar for Canada is for July Retail sales ( prev 1.1% mom / 5.9% yoy) and the US July House Price Index, ( prev .4% mom) , September Flash Markit Manufacturing PMI ( prev 57.9) and the September Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index ( prev 12) .