A Look at Commodities in the First Half of 2014

The first half of 2014 is in the books, and commodities have finally started to see something of a turn around. Commodities had a tough 2013, while equity markets made an unprecedented run higher, turning investor’s attention away from a floundering commodity space. But the first six months of this year saw hard assets move higher and hold pace with broad markets, injecting some much-needed life into the commodity world [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Gold and Silver Miners Making a Comeback

2013 was certainly a brutal year for precious metals and precious metal miners. Lower metal prices and rising operating costs made it difficult for many miners to log in a good profit last year. So far in 2014, however, many miners have been able to gain significant ground. While this corner of the market typically performs better during times of economic uncertainty, due to the fact that precious metals prices are usually driven higher, this year the commodity has managed to stay afloat despite the overall positive outlook for the economy [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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2 Commodity Stocks to Sell on the Next Pop: FBR, TCK

The bulls are still in the driver’s at home as evidenced by the S&P 500′s continued ascent into all-time highs territory. The latest rate cuts unveiled by the European Central Bank at the start of June helped to re-inspire confidence surrounding the anemic recovery taking place in the currency bloc; bullish sentiment was further fueled on 6/19 after the Federal Reserve maintained its own accommodative stance [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Fossil Fuels in Focus as Hurricane Season Begins

U.S. hurricane season kicked off over the weekend, as the time period between June 1st and November 30th of each year brings special attention to these storms. Aside from the devastation they can bring to the areas they hit, these storms can also have a big impact on the commodity world (albeit short-term). Few commodities feel the brunt of the blow more than fossil fuels [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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2 Commodity Stocks to Buy on the Dip: CVX, VLO

Major equity indexes climbed higher last week week and kicked this week off on strong footing thanks to upbeat new home sales data and a lack of “bad surprises” from the latest FOMC minutes release. Overseas, tensions between Ukraine and Russia are heating up again following presidential elections as well as a firefight over Donetsk airport [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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An ETF First for Gold Investors (OUNZ)

When it comes to commodity investing, precious metals are some of the most highly traded commodity markets in the world. Gold in particular, has long been embraced for its inherent value and safe haven appeal. Historically, investors have added gold exposure to their portfolio via physical holdings or futures trading, but thanks to the democratization of the ETF industry, gold exposure can be purchased through a single ticker [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe for our free newsletter].

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Commodity Scorecard – May 9th Edition

Markets were tested this week as the Nasdaq suffered several punishing trading sessions. Meanwhile, commodities continued to hold their lead over equities, mostly thanks to coffee futures, which have surged this year. Gold continues to battle with the $1,300/oz. mark and lost its grip on Wednesday. Below, we outline the performance of the commodity industry this past week, helping our readers pick out the leaders and laggards in each sector [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]:

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2 Commodity Stocks to Buy on the Dip: CCJ, MEOH

Major equity indexes climbed higher this past week thanks to some encouraging economic data releases at home. Investors welcomed a 3.4% improvement in pending home sales over the past month, better-than-expected ADP employment data on Wednesday, and upbeat ISM manufacturing data on Thursday. Overseas, tensions between Ukraine and Russia remain at center stage, and as such, the lack of major developments left the doors open for buyers [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Q1 2014 Earnings on Tap: Potash, Miners, and Agribusinesses Report

The first quarter earnings season of 2014 is well on its way, with several bellwethers reporting both hits and misses. On the commodity producer front, Alcoa (AA) kicked off the season. AA reported revenues of $5.45 billion, below the expected $5.56 billion, and earnings of $0.09 per share, which managed to beat analyst estimates of $0.05. Agribusiness giant Monsanto (MON) managed to beat both EPS and revenue estimates, posting quarterly revenues of $5.83 billion and earnings of $3.15 per share [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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New Aluminum Hedging Feature Coming to LME

The London Metal Exchange announced a new feature for its exchange, giving traders more options than ever. Specifically, the exchange will give traders the ability to hedge aluminum prices, as the commodity continues to rise due to lengthy delivery times that have thrown a wrench in a number of supply chains [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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