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yea I keep watching this too. I read a piece a few months back that said the BDI was the only index to watch. That's proabably a stretch. But seems like some ships, idle for Nov/Dec, are being engaged again. Though a recent remeinder of the new ships entering the market can't be good for shipping rates. Yes, gotta start somewhere. Thanks!


The problem with using this as an indicator is that you aren't measuring shipments, just the cost of shipping. Unless you are in the shipping, or shipbuilding, business, who cares really?

A better indicator of supply/demand is to look at inventories. Here's copper:


Check out the 30 day LME stocks. Doesn't look so good.

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