For the second time this year, trading has exploded on the nation’s exchanges, pushing prices of everything from zinc to coal to multi-year highs and sending authorities scrambling to deflate the bubble before it bursts. “The western hedge funds and institutional investors don’t really know what’s going on.” Source: Bloomberg
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Brussels is investigating a showcase Chinese rail project that aims to extend Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative into the heart of Europe, potentially putting the EC at loggerheads with China. The commission’s probe is into a planned 350km high-speed railway between Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, and Budapest in Hungary. Source: FT
Houses in Germany’s cities are overvalued by as much as 30%, the Bundesbank warned on Monday, adding to fears of a housing bubble in Europe’s largest economy after years of ultralow interest rates. Prices for residential real estate rose by 8% last year in 127 cities. Source: MarketWatch
Russia pumped 10.49 million barrels a day in December, down 29,000 barrels a day from November, while Saudi Arabia’s output declined to 10.46 million barrels a day from 10.72 million barrels a day in November, according to data published Monday on the website of the Joint Organisations Data Initiative in Riyadh. Source: Bloomberg