New results left investors ever more worried that China could take down gains in stocks all around the world.
Ironically, those fears stemmed from China’s white hot economic growth. Gross domestic product expanded 10.7 percent between October and December, with results triggering chatter that China will leapfrog Japan this year to become the world's second-largest economy.
And that led to speculation that Beijing may do more to curb inflation – a lot more.
As you may remember, earlier in the week China ordered banks to curb lending through the end of the month. But economists say it won’t be enough. It’s probably only a matter of time before Beijing tightens monetary policy by raising interest rates.
"Obviously the month-on-month growth momentum is very strong," said Xing Ziqiang, an economist at CICC in Beijing. "So I think the chances for us to see an interest rate rise in the first quarter are increasing."
Whether reduced bank lending -- a rate increase -- or both; China's commitment to aggressively preventing bubbles has tremendous implications for global stocks. Resource names including Freeport McMoRan, Newmont Mining and Dow Chemical are among the many names in the materials sector that sold-off on the news.
What must you know before you make your next trade?
The FXI is down 14% since hitting highs last November, explains Tim Seymour. But that’s a wounded chart, I wouldn’t go near it right now, says Tim Seymour. But I do think China as an economy is in fine shape. I don’t see any credit problems on a corporate or consumer level.
I’m watching $75.48 in Freeport, says Guy Adami. I think it’s okay to dip a toe with a tight stop. However below that level all bets are off.
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