Earnings Recap: Chesapeake Beats Estimates; MOS and RGLD Miss the Mark

While many commodity producers have reported better-than-expected third quarter results, particularly oil and gas companies, several firms have been missing the mark, citing lower demand and lower commodity prices as significant detriments to growth. Last week, Peabody Energy Corp (BTU), Halliburton (HAL), ConocoPhillips (COP), and Exxon Mobil (XOM) managed to beat analyst estimates. Meanwhile, El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Chevron Corporation (CVX) missed expectations [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Commodity Earnings This Week: Oil, Potash, Gold, and More

As we enter the final stretch of earnings season, investors are beginning to make up their minds on where they think the economy is headed. We have seen a number of big wins as well as some big losses with a fair amount of companies warning of a subdued Q4 reflecting the impact of the U.S. government shutdown. Below, we outline some of the biggest commodity earnings set for this week [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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U.S. Housing Market Faces Potential Headwinds

Since the unprecedented crash of 2008, U.S. markets have struggled to make up lost ground. After five years, the economy has finally started to pick up steam – slowly, but surely. And as the economy continues to pick up its pace, many investors are returning to the corner of the market that was one of the primary sources of the 2008 financial crisis: housing. Across the board, housing stats have been on the rise in recent years, including home prices, housing starts, building permits, and construction. A closer look at the industry in recent months, however, reveals several red flags [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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How The Government Shutdown Could Disrupt Livestock And Agricultural Trading

Though taper talks have dominated the headlines in recent months, investors are once again turning their attention to Washington as Congress struggles to come to a bi-partisan budget agreement. On Tuesday, the U.S. federal government officially shut down after Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on a fiscal budget. And though the government has stressed that all “essential” operations would continue, investors are already feeling the impacts of the shutdown [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Warren Buffett’s Commodity Stock Picks

Warren Buffett–the Oracle of Omaha–is one of the world’s most renowned investors, heralded for his simple yet effective valuation methods. As such, followers of the legendary investor pay close attention to when Buffett places big bets, and they hope that by following his stock picks, they will cash in on Buffett’s guru-like instincts [for more commodity stock news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Ukraine Ignores Russian Threats Against New EU Trade Deal

In the commodity world, trade agreements and regulations can either make or break a particular market. Whether it be new alliances, tariffs, or taxes, each decision made by commodity producing countries can have a significant and material impact on the flow of goods and natural resources. Over recent years, one country has struggled to take a concrete stance on its trade agreements, going back and forth between new and forward-looking trade ventures to the West and its long and tangled ties with its neighbor (and once oppressor). This week, however, Ukraine finally took a stand against Russia, giving the formal go-ahead for its landmark trade deal with the European Union [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Soybeans Soar, Creating Trading Opportunity

The summer of 2013 has been notably cooler than the scorcher that 2012 brought, but August saw the heat turned up on the U.S., having a marked impact on a number of commodities. Soybeans, in particular, have seen their prices spike, as the hot and dry weather of the last few weeks has taken its toll. The run higher could throw a wrench in the commodity’s standard cycle, making it all the more difficult to trade [for more soybeans news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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3 Commodity Stocks To Buy On The Dip: ADM, CVX, APD

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].

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Beware Of A Dead Cat Bounce In Fertilizer Stocks (MON, POT, MOS)

Stocks have recovered from the “taper” scare and the bulls are back in the driver’s seat, although sluggish growth in Japan coupled with worse-than-expected retail sales at home may bring out the bears before this trading week is over. Major equity indexes continue to grind sideways as investors remain hesitant to push strongly in either direction; looming seat changes on the board of the Federal Reserve coupled with Congress re-opening the budget debate in September have given some investors plenty of reasons to avoid jumping in long amid the ongoing euphoria [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Commodity Earnings Recap: ADM, MRO, DVN

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].

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