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Green Shoots In China?
By: Cam Hui   Tuesday, May 1, 2012 2:38 PM
The CRB Index below shows that commodity prices have staged an upside breakout from a short-term downtrend (solid line), but the longer intermediate term downtrend (dotted line) remains intact.

The liquidity weighted CRB Index is more heavily weighted towards the energy complex. A look at the equal-weighted CRB Index, called the Continuous Commodity Index or CCI, shows that the CCI has staged an upside breakout through the intermediate downtrend. The most likely scenario is that commodity prices undergo a period of sideways consolidation.

To be sure, these "green shoots" are early signs of recovery which can easily be trampled. The strength in commodity prices may be a false start, as Izzy at FT Alphaville pointed out that it could be just more inventory accumulation and not the result of actual physical demand.

Constructive on China
My current framework for the analysis of the global outlook is to examine the Three Axis of Growth, namely the United States, Europe and China. For now, I believe that the message of the markets from China has changed from bearish to a fragile stabilization. No doubt the aforementioned markets will retrace some of their gains, but chances are good that the risks of a hard landing are receding.

Cam Hui is a portfolio manager at Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd. ("Qwest"). This article is prepared by Mr. Hui as an outside business activity. As such, Qwest does not review or approve materials presented herein. The opinions and any recommendations expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not reflect the opinions or recommendations of Qwest.

None of the information or opinions expressed in this blog constitutes a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security or other instrument. Nothing in this article constitutes investment advice and any recommendations that may be contained herein have not been based upon a consideration of the investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs of any specific recipient. Any purchase or sale activity in any securities or other instrument should be based upon your own analysis and conclusions. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Either Qwest or Mr. Hui may hold or control long or short positions in the securities or instruments mentioned.

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