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

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]:

Posted in Agriculture, Commodity ETFs, Commodity Futures, Scorecard | Leave a comment

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].

Posted in Aluminum, Commodity Futures, Industrial Metals | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Natural Gas Fueled by a Bitter Winter

Polar vortexes and heavy snow are two of the most defining characteristics of the 2013-2014 winter season in the U.S. Bitter cold and harsh weather conditions have taken their toll on parts of the economy, especially when it comes to employment figures. However, when it comes to natural gas prices, the cold weather has propelled the fossil fuel higher, as incessant demand has sent NG on a tear to open up the year [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

Posted in Commodity ETFs, Commodity Futures, Energy, Natural Gas | Tagged | 1 Comment

Backwardation Report: A Mixed Bag

Last week, we gave investors our first contango report for 2014, noting that precious metals are facing upward curves for the foreseeable future. This week, we’re bringing you the first backwardation report of the year. For those unfamiliar with this term, backwardation is the process whereby near month futures are more expensive than those expiring further into the future, creating a downward sloping curve for future prices over time – put simply, it’s the opposite of contango [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

Posted in Agriculture, Brent Oil, Commodity Futures, Copper, Energy, Industrial Metals, Soybeans, WTI | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Contango Report: Precious Metals Sloping Up for 2014

As we kick off the New Year, commodity investors are hoping that 2014 brings more favorable returns than its predecessor. Last year was largely marked by dwindling commodity returns with a number of hard assets wreaking havoc on investors and traders across the board. Gearing up for 2014, we take a look at some of the biggest commodities currently contangoed to help you get prepared for the new year [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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

Checking in on the Worst Commodities of 2012

2013 was undoubtedly a rough year for commodities, particularly for precious metals like gold and silver. There were, however, some bright spots in the space, including cocoa, soybean meal, orange juice, gasoline, and brent. For the coming year, analysts remain rather pessimistic on the broad commodity market. Goldman Sachs analysts have noted: “Last year, we pointed to the ongoing shift in our commodity views, ultimately towards downside price risk. The impact of supply responses to the period of extraordinary price pressure continues to flow through the system.” [For more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

Posted in Agriculture, Coal, Coffee, Commodity Futures, Energy, Natural Gas, Sugar | Leave a comment

Checking in on the Best Commodities of 2012

While the bulls reigned supreme on Wall Street in 2013, bearish pressures kept a lid on commodity prices throughout the entire year as investor rotated out of safe havens and jumped into cyclical equities. Despite the improving economic outlook on the home front, as evidenced by the Federal Reserve’s efforts to start reducing stimulus, demand for natural resources remains lackluster. Worries over China’s slowdown and unfavorable supply conditions remain the key headwinds that will most likely continue to put downward pressures on commodity prices heading into the new year [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

Posted in Commodity Futures, Corn, Gasoline, Lumber, Platinum, Soybeans | Leave a comment

Cold Weather Fuels Natural Gas

For energy traders, the winter months are some of the most active of the year as demand for commodities like natural gas often skyrockets. With weatherman forecasting this December to be the coldest since 1983, investors could be in for some lucrative plays in the natural gas market. Cold weather has already begun to sweep across the nation, with the Midwest and Northeast–two regions that rely heavily on gas for heating–already experiencing plummeting temperatures since before Thanksgiving [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

Posted in Actionable Ideas, Asset Allocation, Commodity Futures, Energy, Natural Gas | Tagged , | Leave a comment

What Big Banks Are Saying About Commodities in 2014

As 2013 comes to a close, several analysts have already published their predictions for the coming year with most remaining cautiously optimistic about the global economy in 2014. So far this year, however, commodity markets have struggled to stay out of the red, with many analysts speculating that the epic commodity boom seen in recent years is finally over. Though on the equity side, commodity producers have benefited from this year’s bull run, with oil and gas companies in particular logging in double digit gains [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

Posted in Actionable Ideas, Agriculture, Asset Allocation, Brent Oil, Commodity Futures, Commodity Trading Outlook, Commodity Trading Trends, Energy, Gasoline, Gold, Industrial Metals, Livestock, Natural Gas, Nickel, Precious Metals, WTI, Zinc | Leave a comment