Market Analysis

Kansas City hard red wheat and Minneapolis spring wheat crops have suffered drought, late rains and high temperatures, pushing production down and futures prices up. But for Chicago wheat, growing
Natural gas has been an enigma. After rallying to all-time highs at the end of 2005, natural gas futures dropped 66% by July 10, despite the continued bull market in crude oil. And while it rallied
“Even though production is 6% to 10% over this time last year, October futures are trading around $6 to $7 [per hundred weight] higher,” he says, adding that forth quarter production should be just
With Iran refusing to abandon its nuclear aspirations, North Korea test firing intercontinental ballistic missiles, and Israel bombing the Beirut Airport while militants fired missiles into northern
He also cites escalating violence in Nigeria, where militants have taken out two oil pipelines, Iran’s refusal to curtail its nuclear ambitions and terrorist bombings in India as primary factors
A massive fund liquidation precipitated by interest rate hikes, fear of inflation and a global economic slowdown has beaten silver back, giving up a third of its value in the last month. “Markets
The mid-June equity sell off hit the S&Ps hard, taking out the year’s low and suggesting the index could challenge the lows from October 2005. Fear of a global economic slow down, the newly hawkish
Coffee is one of the few physical commodities that has not benefited from the overall bull commodity market. Even the usual winter “freeze scare” rally hasn’t materialized this year. “A lot of people
Grains have been discovered as an asset class, says Stephen Davis, senior broker at RJO Futures, adding that food is the new market play. “During harvest time, this is just incredible.” Davis says
The U.S. dollar has been trending lower since mid October. But in mid November, it seemed to solidify on a strong jobs report. Then, when the U.S. trade deficit narrowed to $64.3 billion from