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Asian Stocks Pull Back After Solid Start

As March set in, early optimism started to taper off, as concerns about China and Europe preponderated.

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At the onset, 2013 promised to be a good year for equity investors. Global markets kicked off the year on a positive note, rallying in unison after U.S. lawmakers managed to fend off, albeit temporarily, the much-dreaded fiscal cliff in the world's largest economy.

Most Asian bourses extended their new-year celebrations well into February with upbeat economic data and supportive central-bank policies in major economies boosting confidence. But as the month of March set in, much of that optimism started to taper off, as concerns about China and Europe preponderated.

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