Thursday , 23 November 2017


Abandon Ship! Baltic Dry Index on the Rocks of a European Recession

There has been an alarming development for the obscure, yet instructive Baltic Dry Index…[which] tracks the cost of shipping major raw materials (iron ore, coal, grain, cement, copper, sand and gravel, fertilizer and even plastic granules)…It is down 48.4% in the last month…[and] down 54.4% in the last three months. [Let me explain why and how to invest accordingly.] Words: 200

So says Louis Basenese (www.wallstreetdaily.com)  in edited excerpts from his original article*.
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Basenese goes on to say:
 
Simply [put, the Index]…tracks the precursors of economic output [and,] as such, provides a measurement of the volume of global trade at the earliest possible stage.

As you can see in the chart above, the Index is down 48.4% in the last month and it’s down 54.4% in the last three months. The culprit? Why, Europe, of course. You’ll recall that European sovereign debt fears spiked (again) last October – and that’s precisely when the Baltic Dry Index also began its descent. Coincidence? I think not.

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The obvious takeaway from today’s chart? Steer clear of companies that sell cyclical products exclusively in European markets and…avoid U.S. stocks with heavy European exposure. A recession is afoot in Europe, if not already underway.

* http://www.wallstreetdaily.com/2012/01/20/most-alarming-chart-all-week-2/

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