After another week in the black, hedge funds have pushed more heavily into commodities. Bloomberg reports that, after a week in which 21 of the 24 raw materials tracked by the Standard & Poor's GSCI rose, hedge funds have dramatically increased their bullish contracts on commodities. Net-long positions in copper alone skyrocketed 53 percent to… Read More.
For a year in which many commodities set record-high prices, 2011 has proven disappointing for the market as a whole. Bloomberg notes that for the first time since 2008, the year of the financial crisis in the U.S., commodities as a whole declined in 2011. By 7:26 a.m. on Friday, December 30, Standard & Poor's… Read More.
While the commodities market has seen a noted recovery over the past week, hedge funds have not seen much benefit from the rally, according to Bloomberg. In week ended December 20, data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission illustrates that positions in 18 of the most important U.S. futures and options markets fell to 454,512… Read More.
Analysts expect to see shortages of a wide variety of commodities in the next year – and investors are pricing in the possible gaps between supply and demand. Barclays Capital's latest survey of major investors – conducted as the crises in Japan and the Middle East were peaking – found that there was strong sentiment… Read More.
A week after the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami which devastated the eastern coast of Japan, the effects continue to be felt. Of particular concern has been the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor, about 250 kilometers northeast of the capital city of Tokyo. Workers are fighting – at great personal cost – to… Read More.
As the lifeblood of the modern economy, oil is a vitally important commodity for every market in the world. Crude oil futures have been on a tear recently, as the spread of revolutionary activity and unrest across the Middle East continues to worry investors, analysts and politicians. Before the latest unrest flared up in Libya,… Read More.
The prices of a tank of gasoline, a loaf of bread and a gold coin are likely to rise in the coming weeks. Commodity futures of every type are gaining as the rising level of global conflict makes investors aware of the risks in an increasingly unstable world. The trend really began last year when… Read More.
The Middle East is more volatile than usual lately – and that's been good news for both the news industry and commodity futures brokers. Risk-linked assets like precious metals futures and crude oil futures have surged as civil unrest spread from Tunisia to Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen. Brent crude oil futures surged over 5… Read More.
West Africa isn't known for its political stability – but events in this critical region threaten to throw the whole area into chaos, with profound political and economic repercussions. Currently, the two hotspots are the Ivory Coast and Nigeria. The former only recently emerged from decades of brutal and intractable civil war, and that conflict… Read More.
Commodity prices have been on a steady surge for the past year – indeed, commodity futures investors did better than those in most other sectors across the span of 2010. Silver had a stand-out year, rising over 80 percent on the back of enthusiasm for precious metals that have industrial applications. Wheat, corn and soybeans… Read More.