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Stimulus efforts in Asia could weigh on markets here

Investors are worried about the slow pace of US economic growth, but we’re just one player in the international arena. To assess the global outlook, two numbers are critical: China’s gross domestic product and Japan’s inflation rate.

They’re important because China and Japan are the world’s second- and third-largest economies, and both are faltering. The outlooks in both countries could continue to have a big impact on stocks around the world as Chinese and Japanese policy makers try to stimulate their economies.

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