How Obama’s Budget Plan Will Affect Commodities

Earlier this week, President Obama unveiled his budget proposal for the year beginning Oct. 1. The proposed 2015 budget totals $3.9 trillion, including certain tax increases, as well as budget cuts and increases across nearly all departments. A closer look at the breakdown of Obama’s budget reveals several key factors commodity traders and investors should be aware of –  particularly for the energy and agriculture industries [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]

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5 Commodity Stocks to Be Thankful for This Year

So far in 2013, commodity markets have had a troublesome year, with many analysts speculating that the epic commodity boom seen in recent years is finally over. On the equity side, however, major commodity producers have benefited from this year’s bull run, logging in double- and triple-digit gains. Oil and gas producers in particular continue to come out on top, while precious and industrial metal miners struggle to stay out of the red. But on this Thanksgiving Day, it is perhaps most appropriate for us to reflect on those commodity producers we’re particularly grateful for [for more commodity 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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Major Commodity Earnings This Week: ADM, DVN, TNH

As we enter the latter part of earnings season, investors and analysts have had plenty of major reports to digest. Thus far, it seems to have been a mixed bag of results with a number of high-profile beats and misses. Reports from commodity firms have been especially under scrutiny as many worry that China’s plateauing growth will send commodity prices into the gutter. Below, we outline some of the biggest commodity firms reporting earnings this week [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Russia Plans World’s First Floating Nuclear Power Plant

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].

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What Obama’s Energy Plan Means For Commodities Investors

After years of environmental acts dying in Congress, President Obama is taking action by finally outlining a green plan for the U.S. Calling a press event at Georgetown University earlier this week, Obama discussed his goals: reducing carbon pollution, promoting green energy, and cooperating with  both developed and emerging economies to ensure global involvement. Many on the Hill have already objected to Obama’s goals and his use of executive orders to avoid Congressional approval, saying that the American worker will lose in this plan [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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BP Energy Report: U.S. Production On The Rise, Global Demand Slows

While the global economic slowdown has impacted nearly every corner of the investable universe, one commodity group that has been hit particularly hard has been energy. Oil, gas, coal, and even nuclear power have all fallen victim to sluggish economic growth and dwindling global demand. And in its annual energy report, BP takes a closer look at how exactly the global recession has impacted the supply and demand of some of the most widely-traded commodities on the market [for more energy news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Japanese Government Policy Sets Solar On Fire

As the years go on, more and more people are looking at alternative energy to be the wave of the future. While fossil fuels have long dominated the global energy space, the past few decades have seen major strides to bring other methods to the forefront. Solar energy has been among the most popular, as the industry has harnessed the sun’s power, utilizing photovoltaic modules that seem to get more efficient by the year. And now, the Japanese government is encouraging domestic businesses to ramp up their use of this renewable resource [for more solar news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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3 Commodity Investments To Profit From Population Growth

One of the most talked-about global trends in recent years has been the rapid growth in population. As emerging markets around the world enter periods of robust growth, their populations have also been on the rise. Though a growing worldwide population will certainly cause a number of issues, it will also present commodity investors with a fair amount of opportunities, as some hard assets represent a great way to profit from the current trend [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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First Solar (FSLR) Helps Industry Skyrocket

Solar energy has been an investing nightmare since the financial crisis. Due to the failure of Solyndra, and the lack of subsidies as the government instead focuses on the failing economy, the solar industry has been burned. In 2011, solar was down over 60% and down another 30% in 2012,  but this year First Solar may have finally turned things around for this dying industry [for more alternative energy news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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