The bears swooped in on Wall Street right at Monday’s opening bell as weaker-than-expected China GDP data sent a wave of worry across equity markets around the globe. Profit taking pressures also returned to the precious metals market at the start of the week, sparking a massive sell-off in gold; the yellow metal dropped upwards of $150 an ounce on Monday, sending the prices well below the $1,400 mark in just a matter of hours [for more market news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. Amid the ongoing tug of war between the bulls and bears, agriculture and forestry equipment manufacturer Deere & Co. (DE) presents an intriguing opportunity at the moment that warrants a closer look from swing traders looking to get a piece of the action on Wall Street.
The bull train continues full steam ahead on Wall Street much to the bears’ growing frustration. Major equity indexes are still relentlessly climbing higher, posting fresh multi-year highs by the day it seems. Every minor pullback on the stock front has welcomed buyers, showcasing the sheer euphoria permeating the marketplace, which is rightfully making some worried that a steep correction is lurking just around the corner. Commodities overall continue to drift lower as the strengthening U.S. dollar is keeping a lid on spot prices [for more market news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The agricultural industry has not been the best performer as of late, but many popular investors have been buying into the sector during the downturn, including billionaire investor George Soros and his former partner Jim Rogers, among others. With the drought sending corn, wheat and soybean to modern-era highs last year and early this year, many analysts expect these trends to continue into the first half of 2013. Below, we outline three agriculture stocks that have outperformed the rest and may be setting up for a big 2013 [for more agricultural news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
For years, investors have been touting the lucrative opportunities that can be found in the agricultural sector. Legendary investor Jim Rogers is perhaps best known for his love of this industry, as he believes that agricultural prices are still depressed and that the current ‘commodity supercycle’ still has another 10 to 15 years to go before it runs out. And given the insatiable demand from rising Asian nations, as well as rapid population growth in the near future, the winds appear to be at the backs of various agricultural commodities and their producers for years to come. For those who have a bullish outlook on the agricultural industry, we outline five of the biggest agribusiness companies by market cap [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
In the world of commodity investing gurus, few can match the track record or fame of Jim Rogers. The investment legend is probably best known for his work with George Soros in creating the Quantum fund, but Rogers has been more active in the commodity space as of late with the creation of several indexes and a book on the subject as well. Lately, Jim Rogers has been on the precious metal bandwagon, pushing many investors to buy up these products to defend against further dollar weakness and fiat currency debasement by central bankers around the world. Yet, with gold hitting fresh highs on a seemingly weekly basis, Rogers has begun to advocate for investors to look to other corners of the investing world for gains in the future [see also Jim Rogers Says: Buy Commodities Now, Or You’ll Hate Yourself Later].