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Two Ways: China Shows Modest Improvement in Trade

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China Trade Improves

China's June exports fell 21.4% year-over-year and imports dropped again, but that number fell at a slower pace showing that the world's 3rd largest economy continues to pull out of a slump. This latest contraction in exports was the eighth consecutive monthly decline, but it was still an improvement over May's record 26.4% plunge, according to the Associated Press.

In late 2008, China's trade disintegrated as consumer demand worldwide plunged. Analysts say the key to a global economic rebound will be a recovery in China's key US and European export markets.

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From the Bull Pen: For a Chinese play, consider China Mobile (CHL) if you think the stock had a successful test of its 200 DMA. A sell stop can be set below that level for upside tries.

From the Bear Cave: Bears can look elsewhere. Is the Japanese Yen ETF (FXY) becoming overbought? One can consider fading (read:sell) into $110 resistance. A buy stop can be set above that level.

Quick Check Around the World

Asian trading closed with the Hang Seng -0.46%, India -1.84%, Shanghai -0.28%, Nikkei -0.04%, and Taiwan 0.32%.

Glancing towards Europe, we see the FTSE -0.83%, CAC -0.73%, DAX -0.82%

As of 8:05 AM EST, S&P Futures are trading -7.00 to 871.90 and Nasdaq futures are -8.5 to 1405.00.

A Look at Commodities

Over in commodities, crude oil is trading -0.87 to 59.54 while gold is -7.70 at 908.50 this morning. Silver is -0.350 to 12.58 and copper +4.95 to 219.75.

The dollar index is +0.5150 to 80.5650.

On the Radar

Economics

08:30 Export Prices ex-ag
08:30 Import Prices ex-oil
08:30 Trade Balance -30.0b cons.
09:55 Michigan Sentiment 71.0 cons.

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