BEIJING (AP) — Lower commodity prices and sluggish demands dragged down China's October trade figures, although the volume of imported oil and other raw materials rose as the world's second largest economy stocked up on a few bargains, showed customs data released on Sunday.Imports fell by 16 percent from a year ago, while exports shrank by 3.6 percent. Overall, China's foreign trade dropped 9 percent, marking the eighth consecutive monthly decline.
Emerging markets will remain in focus this week as the world watches anxiously to see if China’s move to devalue the yuan will ultimately transform an already precarious situation into an outright crisis. Slowing demand from China has been the major concern for commodity exporters and indeed, wide open capital markets (thanks to ultra accommodative monetary policies across the globe) have served to keep struggling producers afloat, perpetuating a global deflationary supply glut.
NEW YORK: Apple weighed heavily on all major US stock indexes on Tuesday as it fell for the fifth straight day, while oil steadied a day after a broad measure of commodity prices hit a 12-year low. Apple stock, down 3.1 per cent on Tuesday, is off near 15 per cent from its record high set in late April. Stocks and the dollar were little changed. US crude rose and copper edged up but the outlook for commodities continued to be clouded by concerns over a slowdown in China, the world's second-largest economy.
Submitted by Gail Tverberg of Our Finite World blog, If oil is “just another commodity,” then there shouldn’t be any connection between oil prices, debt levels, interest rates, and total rates of return. But there clearly is a connection.
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Michael Fitzsimmons submits:The world’s economy is powered by oil. Although coal produces most of the world’s electricity, there are alternatives in electric power generation: nuclear, solar, natural gas, and wind. But the cars and trucks that enable personal transportation, the transport of goods, and the mining of Earth’s raw materials, are all predominately fueled by derivatives of oil – gasoline and diesel.
Unilever (UL) is the second largest consumer goods company in the world after Procter & Gamble (PG) and manufactures everything from ice creams to shampoos. Unilever is the global leader with close to a 50% share of the grocery market and sells under well-known billion-dollar brands such as Knorr, Hellmann’s and Ragu.