The world of fertilizer stocks took a major tumble yesterday as the commodity segment dominated the headlines. Major fertilizer firms like Potash (POT) and Mosaic (MOS) watched their stocks tumble as much as 20% throughout the day, accompanied by trading volumes far above average. The hit came after a major development involving a Russian company and the potash cartels that have long controlled the price for the potassium-based fertilizer product [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
By now, you have probably noticed that prices at the pump have been anything but kind. Gasoline prices have been steadily rising in the U.S. as the summer months continue to heat up. While it is true that gasoline prices are typically higher during the warmer months as demand also rises, the current spike is also due to some behind the scenes issues that many consumers may not be aware of [for more gasoline news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
As earnings season draws to a close, the commodity world will see, arguably, its most publicized week. The next five days will feature earnings from some of the biggest oil firms in the world, with a few other companies sprinkled in. Investors will be especially keen to see how the recent spike in oil prices has impacted these major producers. Below, we outline some of the most prominent commodity firms slated to report earnings this week [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The bulls are at it again as major U.S. indexes continue their relentless ascent into previously uncharted territory, with the S&P 500 Index flirting right around the milestone 1,700 mark. Despite a few worrisome reports from bellwethers Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, corporate performance results have largely come in better-than-expected, especially on the financials front; upbeat operating results and optimistic outlooks from big banks including JP Morgan and Bank of America have helped to reignite euphoria on Wall Street following the recent stimulus fear induced pullback [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Déjà vu all over again. It was about this time last year that much of the U.S. was engulfed in a crushing heatwave that injected a fair amount of volatility into the commodity world; namely in the agriculture markets. With the U.S. dominating the production of a number of big name crops, the recent heatwave has caught the attention of a number investors looking to cash in on the trend [for more agricultural commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
With Summer temperatures topping out around the United States, the heat could have consequences beyond rising electric bills. Corn and soybean crops will reach maturity over the next few weeks, but the dry heat affecting growing areas of the US could erode crop conditions. As the historically largest exporter of soybeans and corn, U.S. farmers have a lot of pressure to ensure a strong harvest this year but analysts are already predicting another rough summer for the commodity supply [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Though nuclear power has been around for decades, its role in the global energy landscape has been slow to develop. The alternative energy source has the potential to generate substantial power and is relatively clean and cheap to produce, but nuclear’s potential hazards has many unwilling to adopt the power source. There have been multiple examples of just how deadly a nuclear crisis could be – Chernobyl being the most disastrous and devastating [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].