Asia-Pacific markets trade mixed after Nasdaq extends gains backed by technology

Citi expects a ‘short and shallow’ recession, followed by an economic recovery in 2024

The US economy could recover in 2024, says Citi

Citi’s Chief Investment Strategist Steven Wieting expects a “short and shallow” recession to begin, adding that the economy could recover by 2024.

As inflation eases, some of the “burdens that the economy [was] brings” is gone, Wieting told CNBC.

“With a recession likely in the US and elsewhere in 2023, rising uncertainty looks set to continue for now,” he wrote in a recent wealth outlook report.

However, he thinks that the economy will begin to see signs or preconditions for recovery even before the end of 2023, citing that corporate income will begin to make a “big recovery” in 2024 and 2025.

— Lee Ying Shan

CNBC Pro: This global lithium stock is up 15% since its IPO — and one bank says it could jump nearly 600%

Shares of a UK-based lithium exploration and development firm could rise by almost 600%, according to investment bank Canaccord Genuity.

Analysts at the bank said the stock has been “flying under the radar” since its 2022 IPO despite rising lithium carbonate battery prices in 2022.

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— Ganesh Rao

Chinese authorities in contact with Moderna, Pfizer regarding vaccine and drug treatment

We are talking to the Chinese government about the Covid vaccine, says Moderna's CEO

Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said the company has discussed its vaccine with Chinese authorities.

“We are talking to the Chinese government and we have been for a long time,” Bancel said.

“We are active in the discussion. I hope that something will happen. But, of course, it is a decision of the Chinese government where it is in the end,” he said in an interview with CNBC’s Sara Eisen and Meg Tirrell.

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He added that there are no further developments to announce at this stage.

Pfizer CEO: 2022 will be one of the most successful years in our corporate history

In a separate interview, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said the company is working with the Chinese government “a lot” and is sending its Covid pill, Paxlovid, as the country faces a wave of infections.

“We try to understand what their policy is and their needs,” Bourla told Tirrell. “Right now, they’re showing a lot of interest in Paxlovid.”

The CEO said Pfizer had been shipping “very low volumes” to China since the drug was registered there months ago, but was now shipping more as cases surged.

Bourla added, “We are shipping as much Paxlovid as we can. Our manufacturing machines are working to supply them at this stage.”

— Jihye Lee, Sara Eisen, Meg Tirrell

South Korea’s budget swung from surplus to deficit for the first time since August

South Korea’s current account balance fell from surplus to deficit territory for the first time since August, government data showed.

The country’s balance of payments registered a deficit of $620 million for November, according to statistics from the Bank of Korea. South Korea has recorded a surplus in its current account balance for the past two months after recording a deficit of more than $3 billion in August.

The goods account recorded a deficit of $1.57 billion, a sharp decline from $6.07 billion more than a year ago. The services account recorded a deficit of $270 million, a slight increase from the additional deficit of $340 million seen a year ago.

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— Jihye Lee

CNBC Pro: China’s reopening has Wall Street excited. Here’s how the pros play it

Beijing’s sudden and rapid dismantling of strict Covid-19 controls after nearly three years has raised hopes that its battered economy can follow a similarly rapid recovery.

From hotels and airlines, to “less obvious beneficiaries,” Wall Street analysts named their top Chinese and global stocks to play in the opening.

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— Zavier Ong

China’s technology sector may be more cautious about expansion, says Riedel Research Group

China’s technology sector will be more cautious about how fast it expands after the government “shoots the arrow,” Riedel Research Group founder David Riedel said.

Beijing is “reminding” tech companies where the real power lies in terms of the relationship with consumer data collection, Riedel said on CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” on Tuesday.

His comments came after Alibaba shares rose on Monday after it was announced that Ant Group founder Jack Ma would no longer control the company.

Jack Ma “has been fighting this situation for years now on different fronts, and he’s pretty battered and bruised,” Riedel said.

China's technology sector will be more cautious about expansion, the analyst said

Tokyo’s consumer price index rose 4%, faster than expected

Japan saw core consumer prices rise 4% in December on an annual basis, faster than expected and above the Bank of Japan’s inflation target of 2%, government data showed.

Economists polled by Reuters expected to see a 3.8% increase in prices for basic goods, excluding fresh food and including fuel.

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Inflation in Tokyo is seen as a gauge for the nationwide inflation print, which is scheduled to be released later this month on January 20.

— Jihye Lee

Consumers see inflation, spending to slide next year, according to the New York Fed Survey

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The Dow, S&P 500 closed higher while the Nasdaq posted a second day of gains

At the close of the market Monday, the Dow and S&P 500 traded lower despite both trading earlier in the day.

The S&P 500 edged flatline in the afternoon, closing up just 0.1%. The Dow ended up 0.3% as investors focused on growth names as hopes grew due to cooling inflation.

But the Nasdaq Composite ended up 0.6%, helped by a nearly 6% rally in Tesla and a jump in other technology names.

The losses were concentrated in recent winners, such as health care, energy and aerospace and defense.

— Alex Harring, Scott Schnipper

Tesla jumps 7% as electric vehicle stock rallies to 2-and-a-half-year low

Tesla rose more than 7% as investors pulled the electric vehicle maker to a level not seen in two and a half years.

The stock is up more than 12% in 2022. That means the first few trading days offer a respite after falling 65% in 2022.

Tesla has struggled in recent months amid CEO Elon Musk’s controversial purchase of Twitter. Investors are looking at Tesla and Apple for insights into how some of tech’s biggest names fared after the industry took a beating last year.


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