Platinum and cocoa surge

The biggest movers this morning to the upside in commodity markets are platinum and cocoa. Overall we are sensing many "risk-on" markets, including equities, are gaining strength by the day, as the relief of a European bailout is fueling rallies in many commodities and the global stock markets. The U.S. 30-year Treasury bond has had a nice rise in yield recently, and we expect this to continue if the risk-on trend continues due to positive economic data coupled with less concern over an acute catastrophe in Europe.

We also are hearing a lot of talk about Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke's and European Central Bank head Mario Draghi's speeches at the end of August/beginning of September. It looks as though market participants might be preparing for more liquidity being thrown at the European financial system, and perhaps a more positive view of the U.S. economy from Bernanke.

October ’12 Platinum futures have shot above a previous swing high level of $1430 due to acute supply disruptions in South African mines following recent labor unrest. The next upside target in our view is the $1510 (see chart) high last seen in June 2012. We think the previous high of 1430 will be major support going forward.


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Anthony Lazzara

Anthony Lazzara, CEO of Newport Beach, Calif., commodities investment firm Lido Isle Advisors, spent 10 years as a trader and floor broker at the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Anthony has significant experience in the energy, fixed income, and equity futures markets. After being a long-time independent futures trader, Anthony saw a tremendous opportunity to educate investors on how to invest in professional traders. Anthony is now focused on his duty as CEO of Lido Isle Advisors.

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