Bullish euphoria seems to have evaporated over the past week as profit-taking pressures have once again swept over Wall Street in light of the potential Fed taper coming up in September’s FOMC meeting. With Treasury yield on the rise again, many are locking in profits on the equity front; however, a surprise decision from the Fed to hold off from tapering entirely this time around has the potential to ignite a furious rally that will catch most off guard [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
With the second quarter earnings season winding down, there are only a handful of companies left to report their results. Last week, oil and gas giants Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK) and ConocoPhillips (COP) managed to beat analyst expectations, even after both companies reported declines in earnings and revenues, respectively. Exxon Mobil (XOM), however, reported a 57% decline in earnings, though revenues managed to top estimates [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
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].
With applications in oils, animal feed and in our own meals, soybeans have become a staple crop in the U.S. and many other nations. While soybeans are originally from Southeast Asia, with Chinese farmers among the first to domesticate the crop, the U.S. currently both produces and exports more than any country in the world. But holding the majority of the world’s supply of this legume has made the U.S. extremely vulnerable to a new trend that looks to have a big impact on the commodity’s price [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Major U.S. equity benchmarks are looking to resume their ascent into uncharted territory following last week’s stretch of choppy trading. Although optimism is high on Wall Street, investors are having to digest mixed data that could encourage more profit taking over the coming sessions; ISM data from May hints of a contraction in the manufacturing sector while better-than-expected motor vehicle sales are resonating well among auto stocks and industrial metals [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. Amid the recent pullback on Wall Street, bargain shoppers are on the prowl again in search of trending stocks at attractive levels. As such, below we take a look at three big commodity stocks that are trending higher, but have slipped in the last few trading sessions, thereby offering an attractive opportunity to “buy on the dip.”
The global energy space has been dominated by discussions about fossil fuel alternatives in recent years, as there are a number of solutions to our addiction to these commodities. One of the most popular options has been the use of corn-based ethanol in crude oil, which decreases the amount of crude oil needed when the ethanol is mixed in. While it is not a one-stop solution, many see it as a sign of weening ourselves off of crude oil and working towards a more renewable resource [for more ethanol news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
As we enter 2013 investors are faced largely with the same general uncertainty over the future of the U.S. economy that we saw last year. In light of this, a number of commodity investors have turned to dividend stocks to help maintain a sense of security and a steady stream of income for their portfolios. As the years have gone on and emerging markets have continued their exponential growth, the appeal of agriculture stocks has surged, especially for those that pay dividends. Below, we outline three agriculture stocks with strong yields for those looking for solid dividend stock investing ideas [for more agricultural news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].