More signs the global commodity slowdown is here to stay

Traders at the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Adam Jeffery | CNBC

The news in the commodities business is not showing any signs of improving.

Overnight, global commodity giant Glencore dropped 9 percent in London trading after announcing that its cash flow (EBIDTA) in the first half of year was down almost 30 percent from same period last year.

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The stock, which began trading in 2011, hit an historic low, and is down 43 percent since the slide began in June of this year.

Which, not surprisingly, is when the slide in China began.

What is surprising is the comment from Glencore's CEO, Ivan Glasenberg. He did not place the blame on China. He blamed it on speculative hedge fund activity.

"It's the funds driving [prices lower] and not the actual demand in China," he reportedly said in a media call. "The actual demand in China is actually not that bad on our commodities."