2013 Commodity Trades You Wish You Made

The phrase “hindsight is always 20/20″ is most applicable to investors. There are numerous occasions when traders wish they would have followed their gut or executed a specific position, especially looking back on the gains that certain assets have made. It is relatively easy to make a bold call on a specific asset, but it is much more difficult to follow through with the trade and exit the position at the proper moment. With 2013 already being a wild year in the commodity world, we take a look back at some of the most fruitful trades throughout the industry thus far [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Roubini: Commodity Weakness Signals Global Economic Weakness

Nouriel Roubini is a household name in the financial world as his nickname, “Dr. Doom,” has been rightfully earned, given his propensity for bearish sentiment. Roubini is also not afraid to speak his mind as he has been issuing warnings about the global economy for the past few years. Now, the Dr. has commented on the commodity industry, as he believes its struggles reveal a bigger trend that could see the global economy slip [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Natural Gas: How To Play The Summer Comeback

It’s been an interesting time for investors in the natural gas space. As hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have become the extraction method of choice for E&P firms, production of the fuel has skyrocketed and led to a surplus of supply and high storage inventories. The huge surpluses have combined with slack demand for the fuel, causing prices to crater. At one point they were below $2 per MMBtu [for more oil news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Jim Rogers: Gold Will Resume Its Bull Market

Jim Rogers has long been one of the most influential names in the commodity world and he’s never been shy about vocalizing his love of precious metals. Last fall, Rogers expressed his concern that gold was now overvalued and would suffer a falling out with investors. Fast forward to 2013 and it appears that Rogers was right, as gold lost over 18% this spring, sending investors scattering. In a recent interview with USA WatchDog, Rogers explains why he thinks this loss was natural and necessary for gold investors [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Earnings Preview: Good News For Oil, Bad News For Gold And Copper (SCCO, TRP, NEM, SU)

Earnings season for Q1 2013 is well on its way, with several bellwether commodity stocks already reporting better-than-expected results. Agribusiness giant Monsanto Company (MON) posted earnings that significantly beat out estimates: earnings rose 22%, while profits came in at $1.48 billion. Meanwhile, Halliburton (HAL) reported an unprofitable quarter, though the company added $1 billion to reserves tied to litigation involving the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. Barrick Gold (ABX) also beat analyst expectations, clocking in an EPS of $0.86 [for more oil news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Caterpillar (CAT) Looks Like A Buy After Earnings

China growth fears spurred a short-lived risk aversion wave on Wall Street last week, but like all of the recent sell-offs, this one was also short-lived and welcomed by bargain buyers. Corporate earnings are now at the center of attention as investors are reading beyond the quarterly numbers in search of insights about the global economic outlook ahead of Friday’s much-awaited U.S. GDP report [for more market news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. Amid the ongoing tug of war between the bulls and bears, mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar (CAT) presents an intriguing opportunity at the moment that warrants a closer look from traders looking to get a piece of the bull market.

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Gold Miners Continue To Fail

The demise of gold in the last few months has been well documented as investors watched the metal tumble from $1,900/oz to below $1,400/oz in less than two years, a drop of 25%. But it was not that long ago that analysts and investors were not only touting gold as a good investment, but gold miners were seen as a great opportunity for those looking for an equity spin on the metal. Unfortunately, that idea has not panned out, as the past few years have hit the gold mining sector especially hard [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Big Oil Earnings to Dominate This Week

Crude oil has been among the worst-performing commodities this year as hefty production has combined with a number of other factors to send the fossil fuel lower. That being said, a number of bellwether oil firms will be detailing their most recent quarter’s earnings this week, as investors are anxious to see how lower prices have impacted bottom-line returns. Below, we outline five of the biggest oil firms to report earnings this week, and commodity investors should watch them closely [for more oil news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Crude Oil Set For A Struggle

With the largest single day drop in gold prices dominating the headlines, many consumers have overlooked crude oil’s significant fall in prices as of late. Even without the decline earlier this week, crude has been relatively weak as of late, with few expecting this to change soon.  It seems that the pressure keeping prices at bay is only expected to rise in the coming months and years as this commodity may be slowly losing its dominance [for more oil news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Copper Drops Into Danger Zone

Metals across the board have suffered steep losses in recent days, with gold’s alarming 9% one-day drop rattling the markets and investor confidence. And while gold remains as one of traders’ top concerns, another metal’s volatile movements has been raising some red flags. Yesterday, copper futures for April delivery tumbled 3.6% to $3.1880 a pound, marking the lowest level since October 2011. The metal has almost dropped 20% from its most recent high, so the probability of copper entering bear territory is quite likely [for more copper news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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