The charts that matter: China stimulus drives copper demand

With China promising more infrastructure building, the price of copper continues to rise. Here’s how that’s affected the rest of the charts that matter most to the global economy.

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Now a swift look at what’s been going on in the charts this week.

The charts that matter

Gold’s bull run has paused for now. But don’t think that’s the end of it. Not by a long chalk.

(Gold: three months)

In the US dollar index (DXY – a measure of the strength of the dollar against a basket of the currencies of its major trading partners), the greenback still faces a few headwinds, but many observers are pencilling in a potential bounce.

(DXY: three months)

The yield on the ten-year US government bond picked up this week after slipping last week

(Ten-year US Treasury yield: three months)

The ten-year Japanese government bond yield continued its erratic journey

(Ten-year Japanese government bond yield: three months)

And the ten-year German bund yield picked up a little too

(Ten-year Bund yield: three months)

Copper continued its rise – China recently said it would be building a load more infrastructure including new railways, power lines and electric car charging points.

(Copper: nine months)

The Aussie dollar continues to appreciate against its US counterpart

(Aussie dollar vs US dollar exchange rate: three months)

Bitcoin slipped further from its recent highs, but is holding on to most of its recent big gains

(Bitcoin: three months)

The oil price (Brent crude) continues its slow recovery

(Brent crude oil: three months)

In common with many other tech shares, Amazon’s rise continues, topping $3,400

(Amazon: three months)

And Tesla did a stock split this week, jumping on the bandwagon with the likes of Apple, handing shareholders four additional shares for each one they held at the end of last week. It shouldn’t have affected the share price too much – but it did. The post-split shares will start trading on Monday.

(Tesla: three months)

Have a great weekend.

Ben Judge

Ben studied modern languages at London University's Queen Mary College. After dabbling unhappily in local government finance for a while, he went to work for The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh. The launch of the paper's website,, in the early years of the dotcom craze, saw Ben move online to manage the Business and Motors channels before becoming deputy editor with responsibility for all aspects of online production for The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News websites, along with the papers' Edinburgh Festivals website.

Ben joined MoneyWeek as website editor in 2008, just as the Great Financial Crisis was brewing. He has written extensively for the website and magazine, with a particular emphasis on alternative finance and fintech, including blockchain and bitcoin. As an early adopter of bitcoin, Ben bought when the price was under $200, but went on to spend it all on foolish fripperies.