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Since the turmoil in Egypt intensified last week, grains have solidly outperformed gold. That may seems minor on the surface, but it's actually a cause for great concern.
Events in Egypt are not the only risk to the economic recovery—confidence about sovereign debt and slowing growth in Japan and Europe already pose real risks. And stagflation is peeping over the horizon.
Concerns about supply disruptions in the Suez Canal is an 'overreaction,' Natasha Boyden, senior managing director and shipping analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald, told CNBC on Monday.
Financial markets may have taken a pause Monday after the violent swings of Friday, but it was only to let investors position themselves for a Middle East crisis that's unlikely to go away soon.
Fear has taken a grip over the markets as images of rioting in Egypt dominate television screens and headlines.
"DRJ" explains what this heavy options activity says about the emerging markets.
After a delay this morning, the Egyptian ETF—the Market Vectors Egypt Index opened up 5 percent. While this is a good sign, traders should approach the interpretation of this trading with great caution.
Egypt is going to face some serious issues with its growth, David Dorsey, who runs the Middle East business for Alden Global Capital, said Monday.
Food stocks in Egypt are running dangerously low.
If political unrest in Egypt causes the Suez Canal to be closed, it could have positive consequences for shippers and US oil refiners, Morten Arntzen, president and CEO of Overseas Shipholding Group, told CNBC Monday.
Turmoil in Egypt has sent a message to rulers through the region that they need to get "ahead of the curve" or face similar destabilizing problems, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.
The "Fast Money" traders caution against selling stocks on Egyptian unrest and flag two signs that could spark a sell-off.
As the seventh day of protests continue in Egypt, business is at a standstill, tourists and foreign students are abandoning the country and Cairo is at the mercy of vigilantes, CNBC reports.
There are a handful of ETFs with exposure to Egypt and Mideast, but their trading volume is ridiculously thin with little in the way of assets under management. And in the world of investing, thin equals dangerous because stocks can rise and fall in big swings on little volume.
From riots to tighter monetary policy, food inflation will continue to drive global instability. Watch to see if foreign politicians and central bank governors begin to ramp up their criticism of the US Federal Reserve monetary policy that is perceived as a cause of the global inflation.
The Egyptian stock market will likely tumble another 10 percent before investors put some cash in and try to stage a rally, after which the benchmark index could regain a third of its losses, according to historical trends, Robin Griffiths, technical strategist at Cazenove Capital, told CNBC Monday.
Some accuse the Mubarak government of deliberately fanning class tensions to create demands for the restoration of its brutal security state. But such resentments have built up here for nearly a decade. The NYT reports.
Risks that the troubles in Egypt may spread have increased and the uprisings have a negative effect on growth, as well as contributing to higher prices, economist Nouriel Roubini said.
European shares were set to fall on Monday as concerns grew the Egyptian anti-government protests could spark instability elsewhere in the Middle East.