Looking Ahead in Asia

Asian markets have plenty to chew over in the week ahead, even as investor activity in China is expected to wind down ahead of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, which kicks off on Thursday.

Japan will take the spotlight early Monday with its fourth-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) due before the market opens. The economy is expected to have emerged from a recession triggered by a hike in consumption tax last April.

A Reuters poll of economists sees growth logging an annualized 3.7 percent in the October-December period, after contracting 1.9 percent on-year in the third quarter and a revised 7.1 percent from April to June.


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