Most Asian markets rise on recovery hopes

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Asian markets mostly rose Wednesday following a mixed lead from Wall Street as traders fought to maintain the strong start to the year.

Weak earnings from banking titan Goldman Sachs, a jobs warning by Microsoft and a plunge in manufacturing data highlighted the bumpy road ahead for the United States, the world’s top economy, even as optimism over inflation and the interest rate outlook improved.

Still, hopes for China’s recovery continued to provide much-needed support, with the country’s Vice Premier Liu He telling the Davos forum growth will likely rebound this year as it reopens from zero-Covid, and adding that Covid infections had peaked.—AFP