The sharp rebound seen in the second half of October wasn’t enough to keep the bulls at bay during the month of November. Buyers remain in control on Wall Street as evidenced by the continued ascent among major equity benchmarks; the key tailwind here has been supportive central bank policies. Now that the ECB and the People’s Bank of China have joined the Bank of Japan in promoting economic growth through loose monetary policy, investors can rest assured that policymakers are likely to provide additional support as needed [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Crude oil has been under the microscope for the latter half of 2014, as prices have all but cratered. Starting in late June, crude prices dropped by more than 25% as bearish momentum took over. With oil prices now sitting around $75/barrel many are looking to OPEC to install a solution to keep prices from dipping even further. All eyes will be on the organization as they meet on Thursday (11/27) to discuss possible solutions [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The oil and gas industry has seen rapid growth in recent years, primarily due to new technologies such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as well as continued expansion in deepwater drilling. Though most investors turn to Big Oil companies like ExxonMobil, there is another corner of this industry that offers unique exposure to the industry: oil field services. In this piece, we highlight the biggest name in this sub industry – Halliburton Company (HAL) [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The bulls have managed to keep the rebound on Wall Street afloat as major indexes haven’t looking back since the lows seen on October 15th. The surprise stimulus announcement from the Bank of Japan at the end of last month has served as a tailwind for global equity markets, not to mention all the talks about seasonality and the Santa Claus rally already taking root on the home front [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The bears arrived on Wall Street with little warning and dragged the S&P 500 Index down almost 8% in just one month after the benchmark peaked on September 19th before finding a bottom in mid-October. Since 10/15, major equity indexes have rebounded sharply, with the S&P 500 gaining over 3% in just one week, perhaps signaling that the recent round of profit taking might be over as we head into the final stretch of 2014 [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Crude oil prices enjoyed a strong first half of 2014, as energy had placed itself among the better performing sectors for the year. But the fossil fuel’s bullish run came to a head in June when a number of factors combined to sink its price. Along with barrel prices dipping, major energy companies are taking a hit and even Wall Street as a whole has begun to feel the pinch of the energy sector [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The oil and gas industry has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, thanks in part to new technologies such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Big Oil companies have benefited significantly from fracking, though there are several smaller players in the industry that have also profited. Companies that produce fracking sand, a key component in the hydraulic fracturing process, have become more popular with investors in recent years [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Mining stocks have received a lot of attention over recent years, as more and more investors have been turning to this sector in search of attractive returns. But as witnessed last year, mining companies in particular can quickly make a turn for the worse, with rising operational costs and falling commodity prices making big impacts on bottom line returns [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The bulls have returned to the driver’s seat at home as evidenced by the S&P 500′s steep rebound following the short-lived pullback that was sparked on the last trading day of July. Easing tensions between Russia and Ukraine and a (temporary) ceasefire in Gaza welcomed back buyers on Wall Street after the S&P 500 managed to sink about 4% in just two weeks [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
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].