Asian Stocks Up, Amid Warnings About Stock Bubbles By

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By Gina Lee – Asia Pacific stocks were up Wednesday morning, over receding worries that global shares have rallied too far too fast during the past year. Investors’ focus is now on the U.S.’ $1.9 trillion stimulus package, with hope growing that it will stimulate the global economic recovery from COVID-19.

China’s rose 1.05% by 10:12 PM ET (3:12 AM GMT) and the edged up 0.20%. China released February’s earlier in the day, which stood at 51.5 against January’s 52 figure.

The country’s , as well as the official and PMIs, were released earlier in the week.

Hong Kong’s jumped 1.64% and South Korea’s gained 0.45%.

Japan’s was up 0.35%. Japan’s own for February was 46.3, higher than January’s 46.1 reading.

In Australia, the rose 0.80%. The country’s GDP grew 3.1% in the fourth quarter of 2021, higher that the 2.5% growth in forecasts prepared by but lower than the 3.3% growth recorded in the third quarter. The GDP shrank 1.1% year-on-year, which was less than the forecast 1.8% contraction and the third quarter’s 3.7% drop.

Treasury yields retreated on Tuesday, amid comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard that bond-market volatility could further delay any pullback in the Fed’s asset purchases.

Valuations have become a point of focus after hopes for a massive U.S stimulus package drove a run up in risk assets.

Investors also continued to digest a stark warning from , chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

“From a banking and insurance industry’s perspective, the first step is to reduce the high leverage within the financial system,” Guo said during a Tuesday briefing in Beijing.

Speculation in the property market is “very dangerous” and bubbles in U.S. and European financial markets may soon burst, he added.

There are worries from other corners as well, with a Bank of America (NYSE:) gauge implying that bullishness among Wall Street strategists is approaching levels that have predicated potential trouble for shares.

“We believe we’re still very much in a bull market, but certain pullbacks like the one we’ve seen since the beginning of this year are very natural and sometimes needed,” Morgan Stanley (NYSE:) Private Wealth Management senior vice president Katerina Simonetti told Bloomberg.

“If interest rates start moving higher and quicker than expected, then there’s a chance there might be more significant pullback in the market,” she added.

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