Market Analysis

Cocoa has been one of the darlings of 2007, says James Cordier, head trader at Liberty Trading. “And if you believe in the commodity bull run, it has the best fundamentals: smaller production in 2007
As the S&P 500 reeled from the late February early March correction, few predicted the market would bounce back so aggressively, adding almost 80 points, worth $40,000, since March 14. “There was so
Corn was already in a downward correction when the USDA planting intention report, released in March, indicated a planting intention of 90 million acres, a 12 million acre increase over last year,
After peaking at $1.33 per lb. in mid December, coffee turned lower and the sell-off appears to be accelerating. “We have had a great deal of producer selling,” says James Cordier, head trader at
Encroaching corn acreage and the developing viability of soybean oil based biodiesel has helped push May beans above $8 per bushel, and traders are eager to see the March 30 planting intentions
Sometimes people need a reminder that markets go down as well as up. And traders won’t soon forget the day the Shanghai Stock Index tripped and fell, giving up 9% of its value, and triggered a
In the live cattle market, February is not known for boisterous demand, according to Daniel L. Bluntzer, director of research at Frontier Risk Management LLC. But seven weeks of snow, ice and record
Heating oil prices had taken a beating, falling from $1.90 per gallon in early December to less than $1.50 in mid January. But that was before the cold snap that has punished the Midwest with weeks
Like the android assassin, the Russell 2000 appears to be unstoppable, marching from 675 in June, past 825 in mid January. “This market is making all-time highs over and over,” says Dave Toth,
Because of its importance to housing, automotive and other manufacturing, copper prices have been a bellwether for the global economy, and now declining prices are reflecting a chill. “We had a huge