This Week In Commodities: March 2nd Edition

While stocks have been posting big numbers over the past few trading sessions, commodities have been struggling to find their ground. A slew of good data from the U.S. has given a fair amount of momentum to equities, but commodities have remained volatile, as many seem to have their gaze fixated on sky-high crude oil and subsequent gas prices, though crude tapered off to end the week. Orange juice and soybean futures took the lead this past week, as both contracts tacked on more than 5% to their underlying prices. Meanwhile, natural gas continued its slide, surrendering roughly 8% on the week while gold futures dipped by nearly 4%. In an effort to keep our readers up to date on the fast paced world of commodities, we outline three of the best stories from around the web this week [see also Why Warren Buffett Hates Gold].

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This Week In Commodities: February 17th Edition

This past week, though a bit rocky for equities, was strong for a number of major commodities. Cocoa futures continued about their winning ways with a healthy jump of over 10% in the trailing five day period while natural gas and crude oil also welcomed strong gains. Despite NG futures rising this week, the battered commodity is still down more than 12% for the year, leaving many investors with differing opinions as to where the fossil fuel is headed. On the other end of things, coffee and lumber futures headed south this week, as they were among the biggest losers. In an effort to keep our readers up to date with today’s commodity environment, we outline three of the best stories from around the web below [see also Doomsday Special: 7 Hard Asset Investments You Can Hold in Your Hand].

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This Week In Commodities: February 10th Edition

The back and forth markets that ensued over the past week made it difficult for commodities to find their footing, as a number of big name assets lost ground over the trailing five days. Among the biggest losers were cotton and cocoa, as the soft commodities are known for their inability to handle volatile markets. Gold was also a loser, though not as severe, which may create an interesting buying opportunity for traders and investors who have a soft spot for this hard asset. As for the week’s winners, lumber and brent crude oil were able to post meager gains, but it was a slow week for the overall commodity space. In an effort to keep investors up to date in today’s fast-paced commodity world, we outline three of the best stories from around the web this past week [see also The Ten Commandments of Commodity Investing]:

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This Week In Commodities: February 3rd Edition

Many were worried that this week was a sign of a sputtering rally that commodities and equities had both been enjoying during January. But February eventually brought good news today, as unemployment dipped to a healthy 8.3%, leading to bullishness for the majority of wall street. This week marked the end of the best January stocks have seen since 1997, but that does not mean that it was without losses. Natural gas futures, for example, tanked by nearly 10.5%, giving up the gains that had been amassed the week earlier. Top performers came from two relatively unpopular futures contracts as lumber and oats gained 7.6% and 3.4% respectively. In an effort to keep our readers up to date on all of the happenings around the commodity world, we outline three of the best stories from around the web this week [see also The Ten Commandments of Commodity Investing].

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This Week In Commodities: January 27th Edition

This week saw a stellar performance by the majority of the commodity sector, as positive earnings combined with a robust GDP report to give some much needed tailwinds to this asset class. Among the weeks top gainers was natural gas, which shot up over 10% on the week after stumbling out of the gates for 2012. Wheat, silver, cocoa, and platinum futures all gained more than 5% in the trailing five days, giving traders some new opportunities for the coming week. With new data hitting the markets on a daily basis, and international affairs still managing to shake things up, it can be hard to stay ahead of the curve as far as today’s investing is concerned. In an effort to better educate our readers on current commodity markets, we outline three of the best commodity stories from around the web this past week [see also 50 Ways To Invest … See the full story here

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This Week In Commodities: January 20th Edition

Markets have been enjoying a rather strong week despite the mixed bag of earnings that have been announced. It seem that the winners are outshining the losers as the S&P 500 was able to top 1,300 for the first time since last year’s U.S. debt downgrade. Futures markets have been particularly active, with a number of contracts moving in both positive and negative directions. Over the past five days, orange juice futures, for example, are up over 18%, while natural gas futures have tanked by roughly 13.5%. In an effort to keep our readers more informed on today’s commodity markets, we outline three of the best commodity articles from around the web this past week [see also 12 High-Yielding Commodities For 2012].

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This Week In Commodities: January 13th Edition

Commodities have started the year off on the right foot after earnings from aluminum giant Alcoa pointed to a more bullish outlook for the foreseeable future. After 2011′s tough year in which 16 of the major 22 commodities lost ground, it has been a welcome start to 2012. While a number of commodity prices seem to be at cheap buying opportunities, many are fearful that further issues overseas will create headwinds for their favorite investments. Gold and oil have been two of the most talked about assets, as issues in the euro zone and Iran have been creating problems for each respective commodity. To help investors better understand today’s commodity field, we outline three of the best commodity stories from around the web this past week [see also 2011′s Best Performing Commodity Was……Milk?]:

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This Week In Commodities: January 6th Edition

2012 has kicked off much like the previous year ended, full of uncertainty. Though investors are hoping to wipe the slate clean and begin a fresh new year, not all are convinced that markets will break their rut anytime soon. Commodity investors are especially eager to forget what was a dismal 2011 for most assets. While it is true that as many as 90% of commodity investors lose money, it seems like that was especially true last year, where a number of commodities racked up significant losses. As investors sort their way through new picks for 2012, we outline three of the best commodity stories from around the web this week, helping to educate readers on commodity markets in today’s environment [see also 12 High-Yielding Commodities For 2012].

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This Week In Commodities: December 16th Edition

Yet another up and down week for commodities as equity markets pushed and pulled at prices for investors’ favorite assets. Though there were a number of big movers, few endured weeks like both gold and oil. As of open on Monday, Gold was sitting near $1,700/oz, but after a tough week, the precious metal is now flirting with the $1,600/oz. level. Investors have grown worrisome over euro woes and feel that a stronger dollar as well as the lack of momentum overseas has left virtually no safe havens besides cash. Oil had a similarly bad week, as its price dipped all the way below $93/barrel after weeks of a strong rally. In an effort to help better educate commodity investors on today’s environment, we outline three of the best commodity stories from around the web this week [see also 25 Ways To Invest In Natural Gas].

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This Week In Commodities: December 9th Edition

This past week was yet another one dominated by European headlines, as commodity markets took a backseat to investor speculation and worry over how the EU would respond to their debt crisis. The nation-bloc finally did come to an agreement early today, which relieved some commodities of a big weight on their shoulders. Crude oil was a big story this week as it started off the week strong, hitting $102/barrel intraday, to sinking all the way to $98/barrel. Despite the good news from Europe, crude was down in early trading today. As we near the end of the year and investors prepare them selves for a, hopefully, strong 2012, it is important to gain a fresh perspective on various commodity markets. In an effort to help better educate commodity investors on today’s environment, we outline three of the best commodity stories from around the web this week [see also 25 … See the full story here

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