Saturday, January 16, 2010

China helps fuel surge in commodities markets

Signs of an improving economy in China may be one more reason for gold and silver investors to continue adding to their holdings.

A report in the Christian Science Monitor notes that countries that export raw materials have reason for optimism in light of December's statistics showing that Chinese exports rose 18 percent on a year-over-year basis after 13 previous months of decline. The newspaper added that Chinese imports rose in December by a 56 percent margin.

"It seems very clear that what we are seeing are basically imports of raw materials and capital goods. These are all investment-related," the newspaper quoted Arthur Kroeber of Dragonomics as saying.

Also this week, various media outlets reported that 2009 statistics had left China as the world's top exporter of manufactured goods, replacing Germany in that category. A report in the Washington Post noted that later this year, China is also expected to overtake Japan as the world's second-largest economy.

The Post also noted that part of China's surge in commodities buying has been fueled by its various infrastructure projects brought on by its economic stimulus programs.

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