Wary financial markets are watching the decline in copper, to see if the red metal is acting as a fire alarm for the global economy.
With a quiet economic calendar Wednesday, the Treasury’s 10-year auction could also take on a higher profile than normal, especially ahead of next week’s Fed meeting.
Stocks wobbled Tuesday, as concerns swirled that the economy is not growing fast enough, and traders were most worried that China could be stumbling. The Shanghai stock market was higher overnight but U.S. stocks fell with copper, a bellwether on the Chinese economy.
“Copper and iron ore are heavily used in China as collateral on loans,” wrote Steve Scacalossi, director, head of sales global metals at TD Securities. “With the stress in the credit market and tightening controls unwinding of the carry trades would have an impact on the spot price–so it is difficult to gauge how much of the selloff is due to falling growth expectations and how much due to unwinding of carry trades.”
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