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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Commodity Earnings on Tap: Big Week for Oil (COP, PSX, XOM)

As earnings season kicks into full gear, all eyes turn to the reports of some of the world’s most powerful commodity firms to comment on the asset class as a whole. This week sees the heat turned up on the energy space, as some of the biggest players in the world of oil are on deck, as well as a few other companies sprinkled in throughout the week [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]:

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Caterpillar’s Earnings Highlight Mining Industry’s Challenges

On Wednesday, Caterpillar (CAT)–one of the biggest manufacturers of construction and mining equipment–posted lower-than-expected quarterly results and cut its full year forecast. The bellwether cited weak demand from its mining customers, its most profitable product category, as the primary source of Caterpillar’s sour quarter. In 2014, Caterpillar estimates revenue will be essentially flat to +/-5% compared to 2013. For the year, the company now expects revenues to come in around $55 billion versus the previously forecasted $58 billion figure [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Caterpillar (CAT) Looks Like A Buy After Earnings

China growth fears spurred a short-lived risk aversion wave on Wall Street last week, but like all of the recent sell-offs, this one was also short-lived and welcomed by bargain buyers. Corporate earnings are now at the center of attention as investors are reading beyond the quarterly numbers in search of insights about the global economic outlook ahead of Friday’s much-awaited U.S. GDP report [for more market news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. Amid the ongoing tug of war between the bulls and bears, mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar (CAT) presents an intriguing opportunity at the moment that warrants a closer look from traders looking to get a piece of the bull market.

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Dow Commodity Highs: 2007 vs. 2013

With the Dow hitting all-time highs again, it’s worth looking back at the Dow Jones in 2007 and examining what has changed. In the intervening time, it has been a wild ride for commodities. Commodity prices soared in 2008 and 2009 as China rapidly industrialized, with oil moving from about $50 per barrel to over $145 per barrel and copper jumping from about $2.70 per pound to over $4.20 per pound [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Caterpillar (CAT) Poised To Rebound Off 200-Day Moving Average

Bearish pundits are scratching their heads and pulling their hair as the bull train continues full steam ahead on Wall Street even after last week’s choppy sell-off. Major equity indexes at home and in the European currency bloc marched to fresh multi-year highs on Tuesday; eager buyers are shrugging off looming threats including the sequester drama in Washington D.C. that may very well inspire a steeper correction as the end of March approaches [for more market news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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A Deeper Look At China’s Commodity Industry

Although the geographical size of China is perhaps not that difficult for North Americans to appreciate, their population is another matter. As China has become the second-largest economy in the world, it is without question transformed into an enormous force in the world’s commodity markets; so much so, in fact, that the recent commodity supercycle is now generally seen as a byproduct of China’s emergence [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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