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China's Surprise Rate Hike

China's central bank surprised markets on Thursday by raising the interest rate on its three-month bills for the first time since August, intensifying its grip on liquidity a day after it promised to keep credit growth in check.

While analysts said the move was just a withdrawal of surplus cash in the system, markets feared the worst, taking it as a sign the central bank could be getting ready to use more forceful measures to cool growth and fight inflation, such as raising benchmark lending rates.

The move was accompanied by the biggest weekly net drain from money markets in 11 weeks.

The prospect of a tougher policy stance from Beijing sent Chinese shares tumbling and hit a range of commodities, as investors feared that putting the brakes on growth could weaken the appetite of the world's third-largest economy for steel, copper and other resources needed to fuel it.

How should you be positioned now?

I’m now short crude oil, says Joe Terranova. As a result of China's move, I think the oil rally is over.

I’m bullish China and a buyer of the dip, says Tim Seymour. I’d play utilities with HNP or I’d play aluminum with ACH.


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Trader disclosure: On January 7th, 2010, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders; Kaminsky Is Short (QQQQ); Finerman's Firm Owns (GME), (MSFT), (PLCE), (WMT); Finerman's Firm Is Short (IJR), (SPY), (IWM), (MDY), (UNG), (USO); Finerman's Firm Owns (WFC) Preferred; Finerman's Firm Owns (BAC) Preferred, (BAC), (BAC) Call Spread; Finerman Owns (BAC) Preferred, (BAC); Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (GOOG); Finerman's Firm Owns (TJX); Finerman's Firm Is Short 30-Year Treasury Options; Finerman's Firm Is Short (TBT); Finerman Owns (AAPL); Terranova Owns (BAC); Terranova Is Short February Crude Oil Futures; Terranova Is Short (CMA), (SHLD); Terranova Is Long Copper Backwardation, Is Long May 2010 Futures, Is Short July 2010 Futures; Seygem Asset Management Owns (EEM) Puts, Seymour Owns (EEM), (AAPL), (AA), (BAC), (CHL), (FXI), (INTC)

Add’ls Disclosures for JoeTerranova
Terranova Works For (VRTS)
Terranova Is Chief Market Strategist Of Virtus Investment Partners, Ltd.
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (CLB)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (DLR)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (EXR)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (IGE)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLY)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (DBV)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (UA)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLB)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLI)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (SKT)

For Jon Najarian
Jon Najarian Owns (APOL) Time Spread

Pete Najarian Owned (XLF) Calls Today


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