Global Stocks Tumble, Asia Plunges On Chinese Commodity Carnage

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Nov 15, 2017

The euphoria of the past month has ended with a thud and BTFDers are strangely missing as the commodity chill out of China (which overnight became full blown carnage), has unleashed a global risk-off phase ahead of today’s critical CPI data, resulting in broad and sharp selling across global markets, as European stocks followed declines in Asia while bonds and gold advanced. The equity retreat, which spread to U.S. stock futures, started with last night’s sharp puke in Chinese commodities.

As a result, S&P 500 futures dropped 0.5% after U.S. stocks fell for a third time in four days, while Japan’s recent euphoria – which attracted a record influx of foreign investors – is now a distant memory with the Topix falling for the fifth day, its longest losing streak this year, as it declined 2%, while European stocks tumbled for a seventh consecutive day, the worst losing streak since November 2016, to a two month low with the Stoxx 600 down 1%.

“The decline by U.S. equities led by energy shares is having a knock-on effect, dampening sentiment in sectors related to energy and industry,” said Masahiro Ichikawa, senior strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management in Tokyo. “Broadly speaking equities had enjoyed an almost uninterrupted run for the past few months, so we are seeing a bit of a correction finally emerging.”

“So far we don’t see that much disruption in sentiment, so I think we are just taking a bit of froth off the top of the market at the moment,” Michael Metcalfe, global head of macro strategy at State Street Global Markets, said on Bloomberg TV. “It would be dangerous to say this is the unwinding of a bubble – the fact that it’s being led by Japan actually tells you that, because there isn’t a valuation case to sell Japanese stocks.”

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