Jared Cummans

Jared Cummans is the Senior Analyst at Commodity HQ, where he contributes on a daily basis. Jared's articles have been featured in a number of financial publications, including Barron's and The Wall Street Journal. He began writing for Commodity HQ at its launch, and has quickly grown to be one of the most influential authors in the hard assets investing industry. His commodity interests include leveraged and inverse ETFs, physical precious metals investing, and fiscal and monetary policy.

Jared graduated from DePaul University with a degree in finance and currently lives in Chicago.

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Grain Prices Facing Harsh Headwinds

Grains commodities are sitting at lows that have not been seen for approximately four years, creating something of a headache for commodity investors. Corn, soybeans, and wheat have all been getting hit hard this year, as production is on track to set records. In fact, the aforementioned commodities are among the worst performing of the entire space in 2014 [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Gold’s Struggles Continue

In 2012, gold endured a bull run that was unlike any that commodity investors had ever seen. The precious metal managed to notch 12 straight annual gains through 2012. That meant that until 2012 had expired, the ultra-popular SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) had never seen a negative annual performance. That quickly came to a head in 2013, as gold sank more than 30%, finally enduring a correction that seemed long overdue [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Commodities in Focus Amid Russia Sanction Battle

The last few months have primarily focused on the tensions between Russia and Ukraine, and the violent conflict has escalated in recent weeks. Now, the U.S. and European Union are imposing various sanctions on Russia in an effort to get President Vladimir Putin to play ball. These actions have yet to affect the European nation. Instead, Putin has retaliated with sanctions of his own, creating something of a legislative battle, potentially creating major headwinds for certain commodities [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Contango Report: Metals Stare at Rising Prices

As the summer months continue, a number of commodities hit a turning point in their seasonality, triggering movements in their prices and expectations of future prices. As such, taking a look at commodities exhibiting contango is a healthy exercise to ensure that you have a firm grasp on the current state of the hard asset world. As a quick reminder, contango is the process whereby near month futures are cheaper than those expiring further into the future, creating an upward sloping curve for future prices over time [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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A Look at Commodities in the First Half of 2014

The first half of 2014 is in the books, and commodities have finally started to see something of a turn around. Commodities had a tough 2013, while equity markets made an unprecedented run higher, turning investor’s attention away from a floundering commodity space. But the first six months of this year saw hard assets move higher and hold pace with broad markets, injecting some much-needed life into the commodity world [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

Posted in Agriculture, Coffee, Commodity Futures, Corn, Gold, Livestock, Palladium, Platinum, Precious Metals, Silver, Wheat | Leave a comment

Fossil Fuels in Focus as Hurricane Season Begins

U.S. hurricane season kicked off over the weekend, as the time period between June 1st and November 30th of each year brings special attention to these storms. Aside from the devastation they can bring to the areas they hit, these storms can also have a big impact on the commodity world (albeit short-term). Few commodities feel the brunt of the blow more than fossil fuels [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Coffee Futures Buoy Commodity Indexes in 2014

For the last few years, commodities have dragged behind surging equities, as it seemed that the commodity supercycle was beginning to cool off.  2014, however, has seen broad commodity indexes outpace equities. Beating gains of just over 2% in a little over four months isn’t anything to write home about, but hard assets are holding their own nonetheless. However, most commodity indexes are benefiting from one hard asset in particular, coffee [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe for our free newsletter].

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Commodity Scorecard – May 9th Edition

Markets were tested this week as the Nasdaq suffered several punishing trading sessions. Meanwhile, commodities continued to hold their lead over equities, mostly thanks to coffee futures, which have surged this year. Gold continues to battle with the $1,300/oz. mark and lost its grip on Wednesday. Below, we outline the performance of the commodity industry this past week, helping our readers pick out the leaders and laggards in each sector [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]:

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Leaders and Laggards: Commodity Stocks

With four months complete, 2014 has been a mixed bag for commodity producing stocks. While broad equity markets are hovering at about breakeven for the year, many commodity intensive stocks have made big pushes in both directions. Below is a look at some of the sectors that are both leading and lagging through the first four months of 2014:

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New Aluminum Hedging Feature Coming to LME

The London Metal Exchange announced a new feature for its exchange, giving traders more options than ever. Specifically, the exchange will give traders the ability to hedge aluminum prices, as the commodity continues to rise due to lengthy delivery times that have thrown a wrench in a number of supply chains [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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