Baltic Dry Index Rolls Over
The Baltic Dry index, which is the closest proxy for China's bubbleliciousness, has dropped to one month lows, and continues accelerating its drop to the downside. The dry bulk shipping sector, which was the bubble of late 2007 and early 2008, does not appear poised to make a repeat appearance just yet. As concerns over commodity overstocking in China, and Australian extraction concerns courtesy of the recent supertax, keep investors awake at night, is CNBC's "favorite" index about to retrace its 2009 lows? Furthermore, if the recent Afghanistan raw material discovery is even close to scale, the next big "thing" in Asia will be the Railroad Dry index, as construction of the world's biggest railway hub in Kabul is likely already underway. Throw in a few nuclear power plants, a couple of smelters, discover some bauxite and soon Afghanistan will eclipse Australia and Brazil as the premier commodity production center in the world. Is it time for Jim O'Neill to rebrand the N-11 index, formerly known as the BRICs, to the A index?