Materials Lower as Traders Fear Bear Market in Dollar -- Materials Roundup

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Shares of commodities producers fell amid signs a selloff in the dollar was gathering pace.

"A weak dollar is good for global equities until the point at which the Fed is compelled to react to its inflationary impact; this would, we believe, require a further 10% depreciation," said analysts at brokerage Credit Suisse, in a research note. Currently, odds of another Fed rate hike this year are just about 50-50 on futures markets.

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Rob Curran, rob.curran@dowjones.com

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August 08, 2017 17:50 ET (21:50 GMT)