Conflict In Syria Pushes Oil Higher

In the commodities world, oil is undeniably one of the most important resources on the globe. Its price movements are closely tied to nearly every economic factor, as well as both domestic and international conflicts. In recent weeks, the escalating violence in Syria has put significant upward pressure on oil, pushing the fuel over $110 a barrel. While the country itself is not a major oil producer, its close geographic proximity to key sea routes and pipelines has investors understandably concerned over the immediate future of the commodity [for more oil news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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3 Commodity Stocks To Sell On The Pop: STO, VALE, MON

The bulls have lost their grip over the past trading week as Fed tapering fears have stolen the headlines, opening the doors to volatile trading. The bulls’ sentiment has also changed; the market appears to be reacting bearishly to solid economic data and vice versa, likely because investors are assuming that stronger economic growth readings will perhaps prompt the Fed to more aggressively scale back on bond repurchases [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. Given the hefty YTD gains still seen across Wall Street, many are hesitant to jump in long, especially ahead of the Fed meeting coming up in September. As such, below we highlight three commodity stocks that may offer an attractive short selling opportunity for those looking to bet against some of the stellar run-ups already seen across Wall Street.

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Investing In The U.S.’s Surging Natural Gas Production

As fracking continues to develop, with new reserves being discovered on a daily basis, the world has watched natural gas production surge. Though still a non-renewable resource, natural gas burns cleaner and is cheaper than crude oil. As the world looks to replace dated energy sources, natural gas figures to be an increasingly significant commodity. At the forefront of the NG movement has been the U.S., as its presence in the natural gas world has continued to skyrocket in recent years [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Goldman Sachs & JP Morgan’s Aluminum Game Unravels

Since the financial crisis of 2008, Wall Street has undeniably morphed into something that is perhaps unrecognizable to everyday investors and traders. With government regulators attempting to keep a closer eye on the actions of market makers, big banks, and the Street’s heaviest hitters, these institutions have found that some of their most profitable strategies have started to unravel [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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3 Commodity Stocks To Buy On The Dip: ADM, CVX, APD

Bullish euphoria seems to have evaporated over the past week as profit-taking pressures have once again swept over Wall Street in light of the potential Fed taper coming up in September’s FOMC meeting. With Treasury yield on the rise again, many are locking in profits on the equity front; however, a surprise decision from the Fed to hold off from tapering entirely this time around has the potential to ignite a furious rally that will catch most off guard [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Gold on the Verge of a Major Breakout

Gold has been at the center of investor attention since soaring to historical highs in the latter half of 2011. Since then, however, the metal has taken a tumble, leading many to speculate when it would hit its bottom and when it was time to buy back in. Everyone from Jim Rogers to Peter Schiff had their predictions of where gold was headed and just how low it would go, but the fundamentals for the metal seem to be suggesting it is on the cusp of a healthy breakout [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Mexico Takes Steps To End Oil Monopoly

When it comes to commodity production, Mexican oil is perhaps not what first comes to mind. Currently, the country produces roughly 2.55 million barrels of crude a day; compared to the U.S.’s production of over 7 million barrels per day, Mexico’s capabilities seem rather limited. Recent legislation, however, has created the potential for more oil companies to gain access to some of the world’s largest remaining untapped oil reserves [for more oil news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Beware Of A Dead Cat Bounce In Fertilizer Stocks (MON, POT, MOS)

Stocks have recovered from the “taper” scare and the bulls are back in the driver’s seat, although sluggish growth in Japan coupled with worse-than-expected retail sales at home may bring out the bears before this trading week is over. Major equity indexes continue to grind sideways as investors remain hesitant to push strongly in either direction; looming seat changes on the board of the Federal Reserve coupled with Congress re-opening the budget debate in September have given some investors plenty of reasons to avoid jumping in long amid the ongoing euphoria [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Uranium Prices Finding a Bottom

The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster sent shock-waves not only throughout Japan but also throughout the entire nuclear industry. Many countries immediately cut back on their nuclear production with some even putting plans in place to eradicate it altogether. The swift reaction sent uranium prices into a tailspin that they have yet to recover from. But as 2013 progresses, new legislation and momentum for the nuclear world may finally help uranium find its bottom and give it room to run higher [for more uranium news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The Billion Dollar Copper Theft Industry

For years now, the U.S. has been plagued by an illegal industry driven by a reddish-brown industrial metal. Copper, one of the world’s most popular and demanded metals, has been the subject of an underground movement that has created an incentive to steal. Thieves all across the country have been harvesting the metal in homes and highways, and other structures that are under construction; some even go as far as to steal the metal from already built establishments [for more copper news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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