How To Use The Commitment Of Traders Report

It’s not a secret that commercial hedgers and institutional traders account for the majority of trading in the commodities markets. But, many individual traders fail to realize that they can take a behind-the-scenes look at these trades each and every week, thanks to reporting requirements imposed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) [for more market news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Volatile Weather Sends UNG Into A Frenzy

Weather patterns in the United States have been throwing a wrench into the natural gas world, as temperatures have struggled to find a comfortable level. This year started off rather warm, only to see temperatures jostle back in forth, making it almost impossible to NG to maintain consistency. While the volatility has been nice for active traders looking to turn a profit, the unpredictable weather and price movements have made trading something of a headache this year [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Contango Report: Precious Metals, Natural Gas, Wheat

Contango for commodity traders is as inevitable a phenomenon as taxes; eventually you will come face-to-face with an upward sloping futures curve. In many cases, this simply presents an opportunity to make a play on the respective asset or possibly to re-position current holdings. Contango is most often caused by the storage costs associated with keeping large quantities of commodities in a designated area for a period of time, but it can also reflect market expectations of how a commodity’s price will move. Below, we outline several commodities currently exhibiting contango [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Natural Gas Slumps Into 2013

It is no secret that natural gas has been on the losing end of markets the past few years, as it has been one of the worst-performing assets since the recession began. Many had hoped that the cooldown in the United States at the end of December would drum up demand and lower stockpiles, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. The weather report for the month of January now shows warmer-than-average temperatures, meaning less demand for this fossil fuel and downward pressure on prices [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Winter Chill Returns, UNG Poised To Pop?

This past year has been dominated by inclement weather that has left UNG reeling; natural gas futures have been all across the board. Despite making an impressive 70% run during the summer, this commodity still managed to end the year with losses topping 20%. With this past year set to be one of the warmest (if not the warmest) in U.S. history, it should come as no surprise to see the commodity struggle, as the winter months are key for demand and consumption [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The 5 Worst Commodities of 2012

This past year has certainly been a volatile one for the commodity space, but the majority of these assets has been able to net a positive return on the year. Lumber and soybeans led the pack, as each appreciated more than 35% for the year. But bringing up the rear are a few commodities who are no strangers to volatility and weak performances. Below, we outline the five worst performing commodities of 2012 to give investors a better idea of how the year shaped up [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The Best Commodity Trades Of All Time

Warren Buffett, Jesse Livermore and Peter Lynch are household names around the world, but equity traders aren’t the only ones that have amassed fortunes. George Soros is well known for his billion-dollar bet on the devaluation of the British Pound, John Arnold made billions trading natural gas, Jay Gould cornered the gold market, and Louis Bacon predicted the Gulf War. In this article, we’ll take a look at these and other famous commodity traders that amassed fortunes trading these hard assets [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Bloomberg’s Most Influential People in Finance – Who’s Connected to Commodities

Many of the key figures in the financial industry have made their fortunes in businesses that are related to tangible commodities such as oil, steel, agriculture and precious metals. Some have invested directly in one or more of these while others have made their marks in related industries such as transportation. Each year, Bloomberg creates a list of its 50 Most Influential people, and many of these people are involved in commodities. We look at six influential finance figures and how they can influence the commodity markets [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Natural Gas Continues Its Slide

It looks like déjà vu all over again for natural gas traders, as the coming winter has already had a mild start. With warmer than usual temperatures thus far in December, NG has taken a hit even though it has been looking to recover from last year’s winter, which wreaked havoc on prices. It started with a warm forecast for the first 10 days of December, but the warm weather has stuck around and seems to be persisting for the month [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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UNG’s Woes Visualized

The United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) is by far the most popular ETF offering exposure to this fossil fuel. But the fund has come under heavy fire in recent years, as its failure to accurately track NG over the long term has been a point of contention for many. Since inception, the downward pressures on NG have made UNG one of the worst performing ETFs of all time, as the product was forced to endure multiple reverse splits just to stay open. At its worst, UNG was sitting down 98% since inception, though it has recovered slightly in recent months [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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