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CNBC Pro: There’s a ‘game of thrones’ in AI — but these Chinese tech giants offer ‘a lot of value,’ says tech veteran

China’s tech giants may be reeling from the regulatory clampdowns, but they still have “a lot of value,” according to veteran analyst Dan Ives.

The managing director and senior equity research analyst at Wedbush Securities is looking at a few stocks favorably. Several analysts share the same view, giving one of the names an upside of 68%.

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— Amala Balakrishner

Dow closes lower, S&P 500 enters correction territory

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped more than 350 points on Friday, capping off a sour week that also saw the S&P 500 enter correction territory.

The 30-stock Dow slumped 366.71 points, or 1.1%, to close at 32,417.59. The S&P 500 fell 0.48% to finish the session at 4,117.37 while the Nasdaq Composite clung on to a 0.38% gain to 12,643.01.

— Brian Evans

Fed’s preferred inflation gauge comes in line with expectations

CNBC Pro: Missed Nvidia? Fund manager says this under-the-radar networking stock is set for an AI boost

Tech companies — especially those leveraging artificial intelligence — have gained traction this year, with investors piling into the likes of Nvidia, Baidu and Alibaba.

One lesser-known tech player stands out to Sanjay Ayer, portfolio manager at the U.S.-headquartered WCM Investments, however.

The networking company considers industry veterans Cisco and Juniper as competitors and over 40% of its revenue currently comes from Microsoft and Meta.

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— Amala Balakrishner

Inflation expectations surge in October, survey shows

Inflation expectations swing sharply in the final revision of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment survey for October released Friday.

Respondents now see a 4.2% rate one year from now, up a full percentage point from the outlook in September. The survey also was up 0.4 percentage point from the previous release two weeks ago.

The broader index, though, was slightly more positive at 63.8, a gain of 0.8 percentage point from the last reading though below the 67.9 level in September.

—Jeff Cox

Bitcoin heading for best week since June, but could be tested at FOMC meeting

Bitcoin is on pace to post its best week since June, after a big rally earlier this week pushed it out of the narrow range it had been stuck in for much of this year.

The coin is on pace to end the week higher by 14% at the $33,000 level, according to Coin Metrics. At about $1,770, ether is heading for a 10% weekly gain. Coin Metrics measures a week in crypto, which trades 24 hours a day, from the 4:00 p.m. ET stock market close one Friday to the next.

Investors are watching closely to see if bitcoin can find a new floor at current levels. Next week it will get its first testing ground with the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meeting, which will begin Tuesday. Callie Cox, an analyst at investment company eToro, noted that bitcoin tends to do better than stocks on Fed days, having outperformed the S&P 500 on 10 out of the last 13.

“Next week could be a real test for crypto,” she said. “Industry news is exciting, but I worry that investors are forgetting that we’re in an aggressively high rate environment. The Fed will probably reaffirm higher rates in its comments next week too. That could be a tough pill to swallow.”

“I wouldn’t be shocked if Powell entertains the idea of rate cuts,” she added. “Inflation has made a lot of progress, and lately, his language has been more balanced than usual. Powell could be tough, but any semblance of flexibility could entice people back into risky investments like crypto.”

— Tanaya Macheel

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