The World’s Largest Natural Gas Producers

The natural gas industry has exploded in size over the past several years, as new production techniques have increased reserves and driven down the commodity’s price. With the United States potentially holding enough reserves to last a century at current consumption levels, many see natural gas as both an economical solution to a potential energy shortage, and an environmentally friendly alternative to coal and other dirty fossil fuels [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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A Deeper Look At Russia’s Commodity Industry

Russia may be the ninth largest economy in the world by nominal gross domestic product, but its abundance of natural resources in the Ural Mountains, Siberia and the Russian Far East makes it much more important in the world of commodities. The emerging market has long been known for its vast production of some of the most vital commodities in the world. Below, we dissect Russia’s commodity industry to give investors an in-depth look at this BRIC nation [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Chevron Looks North For New Joint Venture

While certain global producers are showing signs of slower growth, the United States is still on track to overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s largest oil producer in the next few years. As such, the U.S. energy boom has encouraged domestic companies to ramp up production and explore new opportunities both at home and around the globe [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Bottom Fishing In Goldcorp Inc. (GG)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit all-time highs last week, spawning a wave of euphoric headlines across the financial media. What’s truly impressive is that buyers continue to step in at virtually every pullback, which is quite the risky maneuver when you consider the stellar run-up seen on Wall Street since the November 16 lows last year [for more market news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Silver Slips As Economy Roars Forward

Silver prices have long been known for their volatility, as the precious metal rarely has a quiet day. As such, investors typically keep a close eye on the commodity. Though silver started off the year with a bang, it has since retreated, and it is now down about 5% on the year. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy has been surging, with the Down Jones Industrial Average breaking record highs last week [for more silver news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Contango Report: Commodities Facing Uphill Curves

Contango is a natural phenomenon in the world of commodity futures. Some view it as an evil that plagues the space, but in reality it is just another pattern that traders can profit from. Contango, simply put, is the process by which futures contracts get more expensive as the maturity dates get further out from spot. While this can hurt a long-term position, savvy traders can use this uphill curve to their advantage. Below, we outline several commodities exhibiting contango to help you make the best trading decisions for your portfolio [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Company Profile: Devon Energy Corp.

The oil and gas exploration and production sector has significantly expanded over the past couple years, both domestically and around the world. With the advent of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. is poised to overtake Saudi Arabia to become the world’s biggest oil producer before 2020, according to a new forecast by the International Energy Agency. Several oil and gas exploration and production companies are well positioned within the newly booming domestic industry [for more energy news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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What You Need To Know About Commodity Indexes

For many investors, index investing continues to draw support in most portfolios. The proponents of the passive style of investing continue to grow as the poor returns of the “lost decade” have shown that active investment management, for the most part, fails to the beat the market–especially once trading costs, fund fees and taxes are taken into account. As index investing is relatively passive, index funds usually have lower management fees and expenses than actively-managed funds. As such, the number of stock and bond index funds and ETFs continues to grow, and that growth is also spreading into the commodity space [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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5 MLPs With Payout Ratios Under 90%

Master Limited Partnerships (“MLPs”) are well known among investors for their stellar yields, but they can come at the cost of a high payout ratio. By comparing dividends to profits, the payout ratio is commonly used to determine the sustainability of a dividend yield. MLPs often have higher payout ratios due to their flow-through status, but investors should seek out payout ratios below 90% if they are concerned about long-term sustainability [for more MLP news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Shorter Trading Days For Grain And Soy Traders

On Tuesday, the CME Group announced that it will reduce grain and oilseed trading hours to 17.5 hours from 21 hours. This comes after last year’s largely controversial expansion, which got significant backlash from traders, brokers and agricultural companies alike. Managing Director of Agricultural Commodities and Alternative Investments at CME Group, Tim Andriesen stated that “Over the past several months, we have received significant customer feedback about the current CBOT grain trading hours. While there were varying opinions about what the modifications to hours should be, we believe these changes balance the needs of our diverse global customers based on their feedback” [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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