This bull is still raging. Major equity indexes continue to drift higher following the Fed’s decision last week to hold off from scaling back bond-repurchases. Although bullish forces have prevailed since this decision, it’s clear that market participants were disappointed with the fact that the Fed’s policy statement made no mention of the government shutdown as evidenced by the negative, volatile performance on 10/30/2013; this has led many to believe that because the Fed made no mention of the shutdown, it is signaling that it will proceed with the taper at the next meeting [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The U.S. federal government has re-opened and the bull market rages on. Politicians kicked the can down the road, and although less-than-ideal, this resolution served as an injection of confidence in Wall Street; the S&P 500 Index continued its winning streak this week, just barely peering above the closely watched 1,750 mark [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Major U.S. equity indexes have been giving up ground since last Friday following the massive rally to new highs in light of the Federal Reserve’s surprise announcement to hold off on tapering. With stimulus fears off investors’ minds, for now at least, many are looking ahead to what may inspire the long-overdue correction that bears keep dreaming about; the debt ceiling debate in Congress coupled with looming uncertainty over the new Fed chairman appointment can certainly bring on clouds of uncertainty [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
It’s been an interesting time for investors in the natural gas space. As hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have become the extraction method of choice for E&P firms, production of the fuel has skyrocketed and led to a surplus of supply and high storage inventories. The huge surpluses have combined with slack demand for the fuel, causing prices to crater. At one point they were below $2 per MMBtu [for more oil news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Natural gas is a gas that consists primarily of methane and is widely used as an energy source around the world. The natural resource is important for the creation of fertilizers, and is now used to power a wide variety of applications including automobiles. Supplies of natural gas are concentrated in a few regions of the world, and the fuel has historically been the source of political disputes in Eastern Europe and the Middle East as well as in the U.S. The place of natural gas in the domestic energy equation has been widely discussed in recent years, with many advocating for increased adoption as an alternative to crude oil products [see also The Guide To The Biggest Companies In Every Major Commodity Sector].