3 Reports Every Commodity Trader Should Know

The commodities markets are known for their high volatility, driven by a combination of market rumors and factual reports. While many day traders base their decisions on technical trends, savvy commodity traders also incorporate factual fundamental reports into their research to ensure that they are on the right side of the trade at all times. In this article, we’ll take a look at the three most important reports that every commodity trader should know. We will show traders where to find each report, outline what the reports contain, and demonstrate the best ways to use these reports to maximize risk-adjusted returns [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Platinum Coins: A Trillion Dollar Blunder

After the U.S. narrowly avoided the fiscal cliff as 2013 began, many had hoped that the debt ceiling issues would be resolved. But as of the open of 2013, the country stares at a debt pile of more than $16.4 trillion–higher than total GDP. This has led to all sorts of unconventional theories and schemes for getting ourselves out of debt, one of which involves the minting of one or several trillion dollar coins made of platinum [for more platinum news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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5 Best-Performing Commodities Of 2012

Through the end of September, 2012 has by and large been another solid year for commodities. Measuring commodity performance can be a little tricky though, as many commodity ETFs and ETNs hold various contracts throughout the year and roll those contracts according to their investment mandate. What that means is that ETF/ETN performance can vary from the underlying commodities [for more commodity ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Decision Time For Commodities

A number of markets not limited to the indices and Crude but as examples have reached critical technical levels as a decision on the next legs should take place very soon. Avid followers know I am calling for a further reduction in both aforementioned markets. The 100 day MA continues to act as a magnet as for pricing in the front month Crude contract. On any spikes as long as prices stay below $104 I remain bearish with my target still at $97.50.  My take is when prices breach $100 we should experience a fairly violent trade lower…just saying. It appears heating oil is on the verge of breaking the 100 day MA as well while RBOB is still 25 cents above that pivot point. More downside to come in this complex is my take. Natural gas is below $2 a prediction I hinted at several weeks ago. I have yet to issue a buy rec and … See the full story here

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Ultimate Guide To Palladium Investing

Palladium is an extremely rare element that was first discovered in the early 19th century. Despite a relatively short history, palladium and other platinum group metals (which include platinum, rhodium, iridium, osmium, and ruthenium) are used widely today. By some estimates, one in four products either contains a platinum group metal or uses one in the manufacturing process. Palladium, like platinum, is used widely in the manufacture of catalytic converters, creating a link between the price of the metal and the health of the global auto industry. As such, palladium as an investment vehicle has characteristics of both industrial metals such as copper and precious metals such as gold. There are a number of different options for investing in palladium, including exchange-traded futures contracts, stocks of companies engaged in the extraction and sale of the metal, and exchange-traded products [see also The Guide To The Biggest Companies In Every Major … See the full story here

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Global X Launches Farming ETF (BARN)

This article originally appeared on ETFdb.com Global X, the New York-based ETF behind a number of funds offering exposure to various subsets of the global food industry, announced the latest expansion to its product lineup today with the launch of the Global X Farming ETF (BARN). The product marks the 34th fund in total from the company and follows on the heels of several other food-focused ETFs from the company, including the Fertilizer/Potash ETF (SOIL), Food ETF (EATX), and Fishing Industry ETF (FISN). Add in the company’s Waste Management ETF (WSTE), and investors can now gain access to every aspect of the food cycle via exchange-traded products. 

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Ultimate Guide To Zinc Investing

Zinc, also known as spelter, is a metallic element which is used all across modern communities. Aside from being an important industrial metal, the commodity is also an important mineral to the human body, as a zinc deficiency can cause major health problems. The metal is typically found with other base metals, like copper, and is also a founding component in the Earth’s crust. Estimates of zinc resources total to approximately 1.9 billion tonnes worldwide, making this important metal an abundant resource. In fact, zinc is the fourth most popular common metal in use, with a global annual production of around 10 million tonnes. As an investment, zinc has steadily gained popularity as a way to play global markets due to the fact that this metal is so commonly used in not only the industrial world, but other aspects essential to everyday life [see also Commodity Investing: Physical vs. Futures].

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