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]. See the full story here
Major equity indexes have continued their seemingly perpetual ascent, although the last few legs higher have been accompanied by an uptick in volatility. The recent choppiness in the market amid all-time highs has yet again prompted countless pundits to forecast that a steep correction is just around the corner [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The bulls are still in the driver’s at home as evidenced by the S&P 500′s continued ascent into all-time highs territory. The latest rate cuts unveiled by the European Central Bank at the start of June helped to re-inspire confidence surrounding the anemic recovery taking place in the currency bloc; bullish sentiment was further fueled on 6/19 after the Federal Reserve maintained its own accommodative stance [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Despite the rise in popularity of soda and energy drinks, the world still gets the majority of its morning caffeine fix via coffee. That fact along with steadily rising global demand makes coffee one of the more interesting investments for traders and investors alike. And like much of the commodities complex, coffee is readily available as a traded futures contract [for more free commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. See the full story here
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]. See the full story here
Major equity indexes climbed higher last week week and kicked this week off on strong footing thanks to upbeat new home sales data and a lack of “bad surprises” from the latest FOMC minutes release. Overseas, tensions between Ukraine and Russia are heating up again following presidential elections as well as a firefight over Donetsk airport [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
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]. See the full story here