5 Commodity Stocks to Be Thankful for This Year

So far in 2013, commodity markets have had a troublesome year, with many analysts speculating that the epic commodity boom seen in recent years is finally over. On the equity side, however, major commodity producers have benefited from this year’s bull run, logging in double- and triple-digit gains. Oil and gas producers in particular continue to come out on top, while precious and industrial metal miners struggle to stay out of the red. But on this Thanksgiving Day, it is perhaps most appropriate for us to reflect on those commodity producers we’re particularly grateful for [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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3 Commodity Stocks To Sell On The Pop: NEM, PBR, VALE

The bulls are at it again as major U.S. indexes continue their relentless ascent into previously uncharted territory, with the S&P 500 Index flirting right around the milestone 1,700 mark. Despite a few worrisome reports from bellwethers Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, corporate performance results have largely come in better-than-expected, especially on the financials front; upbeat operating results and optimistic outlooks from big banks including JP Morgan and Bank of America have helped to reignite euphoria on Wall Street following the recent stimulus fear induced pullback [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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A Deeper Look At Brazil’s Commodity Industry

Due to better governance practices and a commodity boom, Brazil’s economy has enjoyed incredible growth over the past 20 years. Brazil is now the largest economy in Latin America and the sixth or seventh largest economy depending upon the metric used. On the other hand, while Brazil’s GDP per capita has improved, it still ranks at a relatively low 64th in the world – meaning that it is a large economy, but not an especially wealthy one yet (at least not uniformly so). While Brazil has made a concerted effort to build up its manufacturing sector (and reduce the risk of being trapped as a commodity-driven economy), minerals, energy and agriculture are still very significant to the Brazilian economy, as well as the larger global economy [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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A Deeper Look At Iran’s Commodity Industry

Iran is quite possibly one of the best-known and least-known countries in the world for American investors. Tense, if not outright hostile, relations between Iran and many Western countries have kept it in the news, but relatively few investors seem to appreciate Iran’s size, demographics (it’s a very young country), and economic prospects. In recent years sanctions have had a massive impact on Iran’s economy, but it remains a major player within OPEC and in the global energy market [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Stocks to Buy For Hyperinflation

With the Federal Reserve firing up the presses for a third round of quantitative easing, it’s only a matter of time before more talk of imminent hyperinflation pops up. While calm discussions on the prospects of hyperinflation are rare (and there’s often a tinge of hysteria or paranoia around the topic), the reality is that the U.S. does have some disturbing trends working against it in terms of demographics, debt/deficits, and a policy of easy money that debases the fiat currency [for more inflation news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Top 5 Global Oil Stocks by Market Cap

Oil has long been, arguably, the most popular commodity on the market, as investors and traders alike look to hop in on the fossil fuel. Though most people simply think of gasoline when they hear the term crude oil, this commodity is actually a vital part of our everyday lives. As a result, companies that are involved in the exploration, production, and selling of crude oil also play a critical role in the market. For those who have a bullish outlook on oil prices and the oil industry, we outline five of the biggest oil companies by market cap [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Major Countries Burn Up Crude Reserves: Big Oil In Trouble?

It is something that peak oil advocates have been warning us for a long time; our world using up our last reserves of oil. While the day that the last drip of crude is burned up is a long ways out, some parts of the world may be heading for a major pinch in production. As our world population continues to expand, with the total predicted to hit nine billion by 2050, our addiction to crude only increases, as we use oil for a wide number of things in our daily lives. Besides its most dominant use as a fuel for automobiles and the like, oil is also used in a number of other processes like the production of plastics and variety of other industrial outputs [see also Ultimate Guide To RBOB Gasoline Investing].

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The Guide To The Biggest Companies In Every Major Commodity Sector

Trading commodities has been popular for many years, as investors can use a number of different resources to gain access to their favorite commodity investments. But it was only a more recent development that commodities earned their keep in a long-term portfolio. Now, a small, but important, allocation to commodities is a necessity of any well diversified portfolio, as these investments offer a number of advantages such as hedging against inflation and maintaining low correlation levels to traditional asset classes [see also Commodity Investing: Physical vs. Futures].

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