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Markets Are Too Bearish Given Robust Economy, UBS's Weber Says

(Bloomberg) -- The sense of pessimism that’s marked the beginning of 2019 is overdone.

That’s according to UBS Group AG Chairman Axel Weber, who says the rout on global markets is overshadowing a still relatively good performance for economic growth and for trade.

Markets Are Too Bearish Given Robust Economy, UBS's Weber Says

“The market in my view is taking too bearish a view on the economy,” Weber, a former European Central Bank policy maker, told Bloomberg Television. “There’s less of an upswing than we might have seen last year but we still have a relatively good global economy and we still have a relatively good performance on trade.”

While Weber said it’s likely that the Federal Reserve will slow its pace of interest rate increases in 2019 amid signs of a fading impact from tax cuts, he also said it’s too soon to be talking about a U.S. recession.

"We are still facing a very favorable outlook, both for corporate earnings and for growth, so I think the market is running a bit ahead of itself in starting to price in a recession."

The UBS Chairman said he’s hopeful that negotiations between the U.S. and China to resolve their ongoing trade war will reach a resolution, describing planned talks this week in Beijing as a very positive signal.

Still, it may take time before a final agreement can be worked out, he said.

“Very often these agreements are never done early on, they are always done in the last leg of those negotiations,” Weber said.

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