Natural Gas Bucking the Seasonal Trend

Natural gas is, perhaps, one of the most cyclical commodities in the space, as its demand and usage is heavily tied to seasonality. As a result, its price cycles for the past few decades have been somewhat predictable, even though it can be quite volatile day-to-day. Both of those factors combine to make it one of the most popular commodities traded on the market. 2013, however, looks like it may be moving away from its normal trend [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Warren Buffett’s Commodity Stock Picks

Warren Buffett–the Oracle of Omaha–is one of the world’s most renowned investors, heralded for his simple yet effective valuation methods. As such, followers of the legendary investor pay close attention to when Buffett places big bets, and they hope that by following his stock picks, they will cash in on Buffett’s guru-like instincts [for more commodity stock news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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3 Energy Stocks To Buy On The Dip: COG, SWN, SE

Major U.S. equity indexes have been giving up ground since last Friday following the massive rally to new highs in light of the Federal Reserve’s surprise announcement to hold off on tapering. With stimulus fears off investors’ minds, for now at least, many are looking ahead to what may inspire the long-overdue correction that bears keep dreaming about; the debt ceiling debate in Congress coupled with looming uncertainty over the new Fed chairman appointment can certainly bring on clouds of uncertainty [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Why the WTI Vs. Brent Crude Spread Is Shrinking

The spread between West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent Crude oil has long been under the microscope for energy traders across the world. The past few years have seen this spread heavily favor Brent, as it has been trading at a premium to its western cousin for quite some time. But as 2013 unfolds, the spread has been steadily narrowing, much to the surprise of a number of analysts [for more crude oil news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Ukraine Ignores Russian Threats Against New EU Trade Deal

In the commodity world, trade agreements and regulations can either make or break a particular market. Whether it be new alliances, tariffs, or taxes, each decision made by commodity producing countries can have a significant and material impact on the flow of goods and natural resources. Over recent years, one country has struggled to take a concrete stance on its trade agreements, going back and forth between new and forward-looking trade ventures to the West and its long and tangled ties with its neighbor (and once oppressor). This week, however, Ukraine finally took a stand against Russia, giving the formal go-ahead for its landmark trade deal with the European Union [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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3 Commodity Stocks To Buy On The Dip: RIO, WFT, WMB

Domestic equities have managed to return to their bullish ways as easing concerns over U.S. military involvement in Syria have helped some of the uncertainty that’s been plaguing investors’ confidence on Wall Street. Furthermore, investors rejoiced after Larry Summers withdrew his bid for Fed chairman earlier this week, showcasing the market’s concerns over the abandonment of “ultra loose” monetary policy [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Banks Face Harsh Commodity Regulations

An event several years in the making could be just days away. For some time now, the Fed has been debating whether or not it should limit big banks and their participation in the commodities markets. The debate stemmed from a number of accusations of market manipulation for profit, though most of the institutions on the chopping block have maintained their innocence. The decision is expected to fall sometime in the next month and could be a welcomed change for traders [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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3 Mining Stocks That Are Up In 2013

For mining and exploration companies, 2013 has been somewhat of a brutal year. Metal miners in particular have been hit significantly this year as falling metal prices, weaker demand, and rising operational costs continue to plague the industry. Popular exchange-traded funds, like Van Eck’s Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ), and other industry giants, such as Barrick Gold (ABX), have suffered significant losses these year; both of these securities have shed more than 45% year-to-date [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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3 Commodity Stocks To Sell On The Pop: KMI, TCK, BHP

Bullish forces have returned to Wall Street as market participants appear to be changing their tune regarding the looming Fed taper; investors seem to be embracing the potential reduction in bond-repurchases judging by the market’s upbeat reaction to better-than-expected economic data, which up until recently served as an excuse to lock-in profits before the taper. Nonetheless, volatile trading is likely to dominate markets over the coming days as uncertainty in Syria could spark worries that shift focus away from the Fed meeting slated for September 17-18 [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. Given the recent rally and impressive gains across Wall Street YTD, many are hesitant to jump in long, especially ahead of the possible taper announcement. 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 … See the full story here

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Soybeans Soar, Creating Trading Opportunity

The summer of 2013 has been notably cooler than the scorcher that 2012 brought, but August saw the heat turned up on the U.S., having a marked impact on a number of commodities. Soybeans, in particular, have seen their prices spike, as the hot and dry weather of the last few weeks has taken its toll. The run higher could throw a wrench in the commodity’s standard cycle, making it all the more difficult to trade [for more soybeans news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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