Commodities To Watch in Sandy’s Wake

Markets were closed late last night in preparation for hurricane Sandy, as the storm has its sights set on the east coast. With approximately 50 million people in its projected path, Sandy is predicted to dump unprecedented amounts of rain that could cause an 11 foot rise in some areas of the coast line. “From North Carolina to Maine, forecasters warned that Sandy was likely to collide with a cold front and spawn a “superstorm” that could generate flash floods, snowstorms and massive power outages” write Chelsea J. Carter and Josh Levs. 

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Can Oil Fix U.S. Unemployment?

One of the hottest issues in this election has been the unemployment rate around the nation. Many have argued their own strategies for lowering the unemployment rate, which is currently sitting at 7.8%. While most of us are aware that government unemployment figures are incredibly misleading, they are nothing if not consistent in their measurement, however flawed that may be. But could the answer to lowering our jobless rate be as simple as our most crucial fossil fuel? [for more crude oil news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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13 Commodity Earnings You Can’t Afford to Miss

As we enter the latter half of earnings season, it is time for a number of the world’s biggest and most significant commodity-based firms to report their results from their most recent fiscal quarter. The figures they post as well as the guidance they provide will have not only a big impact on their stock, but some of the bellwethers will actually have an impact on the commodity itself. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the biggest and most important commodity firms to report earnings this week, all of which you should keep a watchful eye on [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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All About The Gasoline ETF (UGA)

Without gasoline, many of us could not go on with our daily routines. And because of our high level of dependence, gasoline has become one of the most important commodities in the world. Gasoline, more specifically RBOB Gasoline, is a petroleum-derived liquid mixture and its usage in the transportation industry in the U.S. accounts for over 40% of global gasoline demand. The price of gasoline can be affected by a multitude of factors, including the health of the global economy, geopolitical tensions, and even changing tax policies across the globe [for more gasoline news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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5 Natural Gas Stock Picks

Although natural gas is everyone’s favorite commodity to hate, its recent tear during this sweltering summer has investors taking yet another look at this volatile fossil fuel. Today’s current low prices combined with technological advancement with fracking and a need to ween ourselves off of crude oil, present an intriguing opportunity for the future of natural gas. For those who have a bullish outlook on natural gas prices and the natural gas industry, we outline five of the natural gas stocks picks [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]

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REMX In Depth: The Five Minute Guide To The Rare Earth Metal ETF

While key commodities such as corn, gold, and copper often dominate the spotlight, a group of metals known as ‘rare earths’ have a reputation of truly shining through with amazing returns. In fact, some of the top metals in the group, such as Neodymium, Dysprosium, Yttrium, and Erbium, put up gains in the past that would make metals such as silver or gold’s historic performances in 2011 look down-right bearish. For example, of the four rare earths outlined above, the worst performer in 2011 had a gain of ‘just’ 50% while several saw their prices surge by over 200% in year-to-date terms. Returns in 2012 have not matched these amazing standards set by the previous year, but that doesn’t mean this market will not surge again [for more rare earth metals news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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How Much Money Your Favorite Commodity ETFs Make

ETF investing turned the commodity world from a difficult-to-reach asset class to exposure that any retail investor could quickly add to their portfolio. The years have seen a number of innovative products come and go, but through thick and thin a select group of funds have broken away from the rest, as they have maintained their popularity. And just like any other business, these funds need to make money to stay open (and to hopefully make you money), as they have plenty of operating costs to take care of [for more commodity ETF analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Agribusiness ETFs Head-To-Head: CROP Vs. MOO

If Jim Rogers has taught us anything, it’s that agriculture exposure is a must for any investment portfolio. At first thought, some might be eager to jump into the futures market in search of such exposure, however, this approach is far from simple and often times quite costly. Beyond futures products, there are a wide variety of equities tied to the agriculture sector, allowing for investors to dip their toes in the space without dealing with the nuances associated with opening a futures trading account. Furthermore, the proliferation of ETFs has opened up the doors to agribusiness, making it easy, and cost-efficient, for mainstream investors to jump into the space [for more agricultural news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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6 Ways Get Your Dividends in Gold and Silver Bullion

Investing for income has become a popular strategy in recent years, as low rate environments and paltry yields have made a steady stream of income a coveted luxury. Similarly, investing in gold and silver has been surging in popularity as the years have gone on. Investors worried about inflation and a weakening economy have flocked to these precious metals in order to protect their portfolios. But what many investors do not know, is that they can combine these two worlds [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The Dangerous Sign Jim Rogers Sees For Gold

Jim Rogers has long been a commodities bull who is not afraid to share his opinions with the rest of the world. While he admits that he is not one to endorse “top picks”, he does have specific asset classes and commodities that he likes to keep an eye on, one of which is the precious metals sector. Earlier this year, Rogers stated that he thinks gold will suffer a correction before heading back up, which prompted his statement that he owns gold, but is not currently buying or selling. But recently, Rogers pointed out a dangerous sign he sees developing for the precious metal [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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