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Marketsclosed out last weekon an anxious note. Its not difficult to see why: the coronavirus continues to spread, and there are signs that some of the worlds top economies could slide into recession as the outbreak compounds pre-existing weaknesses.

Take Japan: The worlds third-largest economyshrank 1.6%in the fourth quarter of 2019 as the country absorbed the effects of a sales tax hike and a powerful typhoon. It was biggest contraction compared to the previous quarter since 2014.

Then theres Germany. The biggest economy in Europeground to a haltright before the coronavirus outbreak set in, dragged down by the countrys struggling factories. The closely-watched ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment in Germany decreased sharply for February, reflecting fears that the virus could hit world trade.

Bank of America economist Ethan Harris points to the number of smaller economies that are hurting, too. Hong Kong is in recession and Singapore could soon suffer a similar fate. Fourth quarter GDP data from Indonesia hit a three-year low, while Malaysia had its worst reading in a decade, he noted to clients on Friday.

Meanwhile, engines of growth like China and India slowed in 2019. Fourth quarter GDP data for the latter comes out this week.

All of this brings to the fore concerns about the global economys ability to withstand a shock from the coronavirus. Harris says the weak quarter was likely a result of lingering damage from the trade war between China and the United States. The coronavirus is poised to make matters worse.

Global equities have rebounded as the US and China have converged to a ceasefire, but companies with global supply chains remain deeply uncertain, he said.

On the radar: Even the United States may not be in as strong a position as previously thought. IHS Markit said Friday that US services sector contracted in February, with the reading hitting a 76-month low. Its the first time the sector has contracted in four years.

President Trump heads to India as trade tensions simmer

President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive in India on Monday for a state visit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In the background: A brewing trade fight between the United States and one of the worlds most crucial emerging economies.

Last year, the Trump administrationended special trade treatmentfor India, removing a status that exempted billions of dollars of the companys products from US tariffs. Indiaincreased tariffson US exports in response.

The United States has since been occupied with other trade conflicts namely nailing down a truce with China. But following a phase one deal with Beijing, the spat with India may get renewed attention. That could mean an agreement to take a step back, or a breakdown in communication and more escalation.

Managing expectations: Larry Kudlow, Trumps top economic adviser, told reporters on Friday not to expect a big trade component to the visit. I think you might see his public willingness to negotiate with India, he said. He and Modi, theyre friends.

But Trump has regularly called Chinese President Xi Jinping a friend, too.

Thursday: Second estimate of US fourth quarter GDP; US durable goods;

Friday: India GDP; US personal income and spending;