Commodity Earnings This Week: MLPs in Focus

As we near the end of earnings season there are still a few firms that have yet to disclose the results of their most recent fiscal quarter. Thus far, the season has been somewhat mixed; there have been some big misses and some big wins that have caught the Street’s attention. The coming week will see the energy space heat up, with a number of smaller MLPs slated to report in the coming five days [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Q3 Earnings Scorecard: Commodity Stock Hits And Misses

2013′s third quarter earnings season was perhaps not what many analysts had expected, as companies across all sectors reported both hits and misses. In the commodity space, Alcoa had set the tone for the start of the season, beating earnings and revenue estimates and posting a profit of $24 million. And while other commodity stocks also managed to post better-than-expected results, some showed signs of weakness from this year’s commodity slump [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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Commodity Earnings This Week: Big Oil Under the Microscope

As earnings season gets into full swing, Wall Street’s attention will be fixated on the results of the most recent quarter. This week sees big oil step up to the plate, with some of the biggest names in the industry reporting on how they fared over the past three months. Below, we preview some of the most significant commodity earnings from the week ahead, helping investors prepare for what will ultimately be an active five day stretch for markets:

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Major Commodity Earnings On Tap: EPB, KMI, SLB

With Alcoa (AA) kicking off earnings season this week, investors will be keeping a close eye on the results of their favorite commodity stocks. On Tuesday, the largest U.S. aluminum producer reported a profit of $24 million in the third quarter – a significant uptick from the $143 million loss reported a year ago. Revenues for the company came in at $5.765 billion, beating analyst estimates of $5.66 billion; Alcoa’s Q3 EPS of $0.11 also beat estimates by $0.06. In the coming week, investors will once again comb through a slew of earnings reports, but what is perhaps more important than the reports themselves is the particular outlook that each company provides [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Natural Gas Bucking the Seasonal Trend

Natural gas is, perhaps, one of the most cyclical commodities in the space, as its demand and usage is heavily tied to seasonality. As a result, its price cycles for the past few decades have been somewhat predictable, even though it can be quite volatile day-to-day. Both of those factors combine to make it one of the most popular commodities traded on the market. 2013, however, looks like it may be moving away from its normal trend [for more natural gas 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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3 Mining Stocks That Are Up In 2013

For mining and exploration companies, 2013 has been somewhat of a brutal year. Metal miners in particular have been hit significantly this year as falling metal prices, weaker demand, and rising operational costs continue to plague the industry. Popular exchange-traded funds, like Van Eck’s Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ), and other industry giants, such as Barrick Gold (ABX), have suffered significant losses these year; both of these securities have shed more than 45% year-to-date [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Brazil To Auction Off Massive Offshore Oil Field

With tensions and violence escalating in Syria, crude oil has once again come into the spotlight, as investors weigh the potential of a U.S.-led intervention on the commodity. And though Syria  is not a major oil producer, its close geographic proximity to key sea routes and pipelines has investors understandably concerned over the potential of violence spilling into other countries in the region where roughly one-third of the world’s crude is produced. Though no major decision has been made by the U.S. government, or other major world leaders, support for a U.S. strike on Syria continues to build, which will undeniably affect the crude market [for more oil news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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