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Inflation, China and Virus: What to Watch in Stocks in 2022

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Stocks Bounce Back After Losses On Omicron Fears

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A year ago, the average stock strategist may not have seen that the world’s best-performing index in 2021 would be Mongolia, or that a movie theater chain would rise 13-fold.

And while many were bullish, few predicted the sheer ferocity of the rally that pushed European and U.S. stocks to successive records, or the dip after the emergence of the omicron variant of Covid-19. Even fewer had forecast the slump in China or the liquidity crisis affecting the nation’s developers.