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RBA expected to maintain hawkish stance at upcoming meeting, says ANZ

The Reserve Bank of Australia is expected to keep rates unchanged in the upcoming policy decision meeting, ANZ forecasts.

“We still expect a really hawkish pause from the reserve bank of Australia. We’re not expecting them to raise rates in the next couple of months,” said Adelaide Timbrell, senior economist at ANZ.

It will be the central bank’s first meeting under new governor Michele Bullock. According to a Reuters poll, the central bank is expected to hold rates at 4.10%.

“We’ll see an extended pause from the reserve bank right up until November next year,” Timbrell forecasts, estimating that the bank will likely only start cutting rates in the fourth quarter of next year.

However, “discouraging” inflation results could mean added risks of further action, the senior economist cautioned.

Australia’s inflation in August ticked up 5.2% year on year, according to official statistics.

“But every time we get some of these discouraging inflation results… we do see the risk that they’ll need to take further action at some point,” she said.

—Lee Ying Shan

CNBC Pro: Goldman Sachs says this global delivery platform’s shares are set to soar over 100%

Shares in this European delivery company are set to double over the next 12 months, according to analysts from Goldman Sachs.

The U.S. investment bank describes the company as a “market leader” of sorts and expects it to benefit from a “more competitive landscape.”

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— Amala Balakrishner

CNBC Pro: Outperforming portfolio manager names 5 discounted global stocks to buy right now

Many stocks have become “a bit cheaper” and investors could get good returns, according to Ted Alexander, chief investment officer of BML Funds.

Alexander manages the BML Global Fund, which was launched only in September. The fund aims to invest in strong businesses that are undervalued by the market, without a bias toward growth or value stocks.

He named five discounted stocks to consider right now, including one he calls a “long-term winner.”

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— Weizhen Tan

CNBC Pro: A ‘phenomenal’ stock: Irrationality has made this wealth manager look super cheap, investor says

Irrational behavior due to concerns over the stability of the U.S. banking system has made one wealth manager’s stock a cheap investment opportunity, according to value investor Daniel O’Keefe.

O’Keefe, who manages the Artisan Global Value Fund, believes this fear is unfounded and stems from a misunderstanding of the business.

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— Ganesh Rao

World Bank says sustained growth, but slowing momentum in the Asia Pacific region

The World Bank forecasts growth in in the developing East Asia and Pacific region to remain strong at 5% in 2023. However, its expects growth to ease in the second half of 2023 and fall to 4.5% in 2024, according to its regional update published on Sunday.

Regional growth in the Asia-Pacific region is estimated to come in higher than average growth projected for all other emerging market and developing economies. To be sure, the recent numbers are lower than were previously projected.

Growth in China in 2023 is projected to be 5.1%. Excluding China, regional growth is expected to come in at 4.6% .

— Hakyung Kim

Bitcoin rises to highest level since August

Crypto prices rallied on Monday, pushing bitcoin to its highest level more than six weeks.

Bitcoin rose more than 4.5% to $28,329, for its highest level since Aug. 17, when it traded as high as 29,108.3. Ether rose more than 3% to cross above $1,700.

Crypto-related stocks Coinbase, Marathon Digital, MicroStrategy and Riot all rose more than 5% in premarket trading.

— Hakyung Kim, Jesse Pound, Gina Francolla

Gold and silver drop to lowest price since March in early trading

December gold futures contracts fell to $1846.60 the ounce Monday, the lowest since March 10, 2023 (when it traded at $1830).

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The price of gold in 2023.

December silver contracts similarly dropped to $21.725 the ounce, their weakest since March 16 ($21.59).

Both the Gold Miners (GDX) and Silver Miners (SIL) ETFs are down almost 1% in early, premarket trading, led by Harmony Gold, Gold Fields and AngloGold, all down by 3% or more.

— Scott Schnipper, Gina Francolla

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