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Do Emerging Markets Offer Shelter From EU Storm?


Emerging markets offered a good deal of opportunity, even as Europe faces ongoing economic troubles, one “Fast Money” pro said Friday.

“We’ve got to remember that the emerging markets really have what the U.S. and Europe wish they had: Lots of political will and lots of money,” David Riedel, president of Riedel Research Group, said Friday. “They can really throw a lot of policies at this to turn the taps on to be a lot more expansionary for 2012.”

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China’s consumer price index, an indicator of inflation, hit a a 13-month low in November, at 4.2 percent, Riedel noted.

“I think the policy makers are less concerned about inflation for the next few months,” he said.

Even as economic indicators show a weakening of data in China, Riedel said it was necessary in light of a lower outlook elsewhere.

“They’re engineering a slowdown. It’s a slowdown, not a meltdown. That’s what people need to realize,” he said. “They’re doing it very well.”

Riedel weighed in on an ETF and a few selected stocks as ways to play global growth.

Emerging Markets: He called it “an easy place to look.”

China Mobile: “They’ve got $51 billion worth of cash and a great management team – largest mobile operator in the world.”

Ambev: “We like a lot going into growth in Latin America.”

Caterpillar: “That’s a great place to be focused.”

Reidel also sounded bearish on one stock play.

SINA: The Chinese government recently required “the Twitter of China” to register users’ real names, which Riedel called a big deal. The stock recently broke 52-week lows, but Riedel wasn’t a buyer. “I wouldn’t go anywhere near it at this point.”  

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