In recent years, investors have witnessed the U.S. become a dominant force in the crude oil space, thanks in part to a development in technologies like fracking as well as more pipelines distributing the energy resource around the nation. Outside of the country, however, oil giants have struggled to match the U.S.’s fast growth, forcing these companies to new oil “frontiers” [for more energy news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Much to the bears’ frustration, major U.S. equity indexes are refusing to make way for profit taking pressures even as earnings season continues full steam ahead. The S&P 500 Index continues to inch further into uncharted territory, although over the past two weeks it has failed to continue its impressive streak of posting new highs, leading many to speculate about what headwinds could spark the next steep correction on Wall Street [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Earnings season is kicking into gear and the bears are lurking once again on Wall Street. With the Fed taper headwind behind us, markets are now looking to corporate earnings for confirmation of the improving growth prospects, which have been bolstering expectations and stock prices higher alike throughout all of 2013 [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
In the agribusiness space, Monsanto Company (MON) is one of the largest and most popular companies in the industry. It currently is the world’s leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate and the second biggest producer of genetically engineered seeds. And with a market cap of over $61 billion, investors pay close attention to this bellwether, closely following the company’s news and key earnings report [for more agricultural news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Much to the bears’ frustration, the stock market bulls came out on top in 2013 as clouds of uncertainty blanketed the world of commodities. Persistent fears over slowing growth in China continue to put a damper on demand for natural resources; however, the industrial metals finally appear to be reversing course after a string of encouraging regional manufacturing reports [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. Amid the ongoing bull market at home, many remain hesitant to jump in long given the magnitude of the current run-up ahead of the potential budget drama that could arise and spark a correction well ahead of the February 7th debt-ceiling deadline. As such, below we highlight two 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.