Asia markets were mixed as investors beat China’s modest growth target

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UBS raises its growth forecast for China for 2023 from 4.9% to 5.4%

UBS raised its forecast for growth in China in 2023 from 4.9% to 5.4%, the company said in a report Monday.

“The economic reopening is going better than we had anticipated earlier – the dreaded ‘second wave’ of Covid has not materialized and there have been few signs of supply disruptions,” she added, adding that the global economy was more resilient than before. and expect.

UBS also raised its 2024 growth forecast for the country to 5.2% from a previous estimate of 4.8%, while lowering its inflation forecast for 2023 from 3% to 2.5%.

– Jihe Lee

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South Korea’s economy sees inflation ease in February

South Korea’s consumer price index rose 4.8% year-on-year in February, slower than 5.2% in January, according to Statistics Korea.

Compared to last month, prices increased by 0.3% along with a decline in food prices while utilities increased by 28.4%.

This indicates inflation levels in the economy are below 5% for the first time in ten months, Refinitiv data showed.

The Korean won fell 0.23% to 1,298.72 against the US dollar after the inflation report.

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Japanese trade unions are demanding the largest wage increase since 1990

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CNBC Pro: Wall Street pros name the biggest risks to stock markets–and reveal how to trade them

Stock markets have been broadly in the green this year, but there is unease about the rally, with many risk factors still weighing on the market.

How should investors trade the market? Wall Street professionals weigh in on their thoughts.

Professional subscribers can read more here.

– Xavier Ong

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CNBC Pro: Goldman Sachs Adds 3 Stocks to Conviction Buy List, Giving Up 100%

Friday, March 3, 2023, 4:06 PM EST

The major averages close higher

Stocks closed higher on Friday, pushing the major averages into a winning week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 387.40 points, or 1.17%, to 33,390.97 points. The S&P 500 rose 1.61% to 4,045.64, and the Nasdaq Composite rose 1.97%, closing at 11,689.01.

For the week, the Dow closed up 1.75%. The S&P rose 1.9% and the Nasdaq jumped 2.58%.

– Tanaya McHale

Thursday, March 2, 2023 6:45 PM EST

David Rosenberg says a weaker job market can lead to risky trading

David Rosenberg, chief economist and strategist at Rosenberg Research, believes the stock market will see a sustained rally when the job market begins to contract in three to four months.

“Right now you have a situation where the stock markets and the credit markets seem to think they have more time to buy before the prosperity really comes down on the economy,” Rosenberg said on CNBC’s “Fast Money” Thursday.

He added, “There is no question that the economy is not strong, but it should weaken rapidly. Unemployment should start to decline… I think that’s where you will find trade risks.”

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The employment picture started in 2023 on a surprisingly strong note, with non-farm payrolls posting their biggest gains since July 2022. The Federal Reserve can reverse its tightening policy when the jobs market shows weakness.

– Yun Lee

Friday, March 3, 2023, 10:14 a.m. EST

Brent oil prices drop following reports that the UAE is considering leaving OPEC

A report stated that relations between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are becoming increasingly tense By The Wall Street Journal. The report quoted Emirati officials as saying that the UAE was discussing whether it should leave OPEC.

News of the possible rupture of the oil cartel sent chills to Brent Crude prices. At one point in Friday’s trading, prices fell about 3% before recovering. Recently, the global benchmark fell 0.85% to $84.03.

The two oil-producing countries have been vying for influence and disagreeing over the direction of the Yemen war, according to the report.

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Oil prices fell nearly 3% before recovering with a report that the UAE may leave OPEC.

—Christina Scheder Burke

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