Friday, September 23, 2011

Faster, Harder, Deeper: Commodities Fall to Nine-Month Low

When she says faster, that I can do
Harder? No problemo
Deeper? She better be talking Nietzsche or Schopenhauer
-old joke
I'm not sure why I thought of that, perhaps just channeling Goldman's clientele after this note yesterday, "Goldman Still Bullish on Commodities".
From Bloomberg:

Commodities fell to a nine-month low as silver, copper and nickel tumbled on deepening concern that policy makers are running out of tools to avert another global recession, hurting demand for metals, fuel and food. Gold fell below $1,700 an ounce in New York.

The Standard & Poor’s GSCI Index of 24 commodities fell as much as 5.2 percent, the most since Dec. 2, and was down 1 percent at 2:16 p.m. in London. The index is down 7.9 percent this week, the most since May 6. Silver slumped 10 percent, copper was down 3.1 percent and nickel dropped 3.6 percent.
Central bankers and finance ministers will discuss the economic outlook today at the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington. The Federal Reserve on Sept. 21 said it will replace $400 billion of short-term debt with longer-term Treasuries, saying it sees “significant downside risks” to growth.

“We are seeing commodity prices correcting so they are more compatible with the global economy,” said Christin Tuxen, a senior analyst with Danske Bank A/S in Copenhagen. “When we have fears over the economic cycle as we have now and a higher probability of contraction, it hits industrial metals and commodities.“...MORE