Chinese Lower Growth Expectations Threaten Commodities

Commodities just can’t catch a break – and China’s upcoming gross domestic product (GDP) release on January 20 could throw another punch at the beleaguered asset class should it underperform expectations, warn analysts.

“We are days from the release of China’s Q4 GDP and copper is the best barometer of growth. The rout gives me reason to believe China’s growth is not only moderating but is slowing faster than estimated,” Evan Lucas, market strategist at IG wrote in a note.

“If China disappoints next Tuesday, brace for a real rout in commodities,” he said.

Copper, regarded as an important indicator of economic health, joined the selloff in commodities Wednesday after the World Bank downgraded its growth outlook for the global economy.

The global economy is forecast to expand by 3 percent this year,the Washington-based lender said in its Global Economic Prospects report released on Tuesday, a notch lower than its previous forecast of 3.4 percent made in June, but up from an estimated 2.6 percent in 2014.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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