Equity Traders Like FOMC 'Fedspeak"

Friday, December 19, 2014 U.S. consumers are in a good mood as we enter the holiday season, as the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to a 7-year high. Lower oil prices have finally relieved some of the "pain at the... Read More...

Russia's Wheat Dilemma

Thursday, December 18, 2014 The crash in the exchange rate of the Ruble has created demand for Wheat from Russia. However, the export demand for the grain has also driven up the price of food, including bread, in the country.... Read More...

No Dry Well for Oil Traders

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 With WTI prices down over 45% for the year, so-called commodity currencies have really taken a beating -- but none more than the Russian Ruble. The currency is down over 50% for the year, despite a... Read More...

Risk On, Risk Off

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Gold futures have found support in recent sessions, as traders have looked for safe havens for capital. The sell-off in energies and surplus in grains have resulted in softer commodity prices, leaving investors few options. The... Read More...

Corn "Pops" to 5-month Highs

Monday, December 15, 2014 A look at the Commitment of Traders report for Corn futures/options shows a battle between large speculators holding a net-long position and commercial hedgers and small speculators on the other side of the trade. Fundamentals Despite... Read More...

"Warm" Weather Forecasts an Early Gift for Natural Gas Bears

Friday, December 12, 2014 Natural gas futures initially turned higher following a larger than anticipated draw from storage last week. The weekly Energy Information Administration (EIA) gas storage report showed that 51 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gas was removed... Read More...

"Why Should I Cut Production?"

Thursday, December 11, 2014 Oil futures are lower after Saudi Arabia questioned the perceived necessity to cut production. Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi, when questioned by reporters if the kingdom would trim its production, quipped "Why should I cut... Read More...

"Turnaround Tuesday" Troubles Trend-following Traders

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 A "risk-off" mentality has entered the psyche of traders of late, which has triggered some rather significant "corrections" in several key markets with bull trends in the U.S. Dollar and U.S. equities now showing some signs... Read More...

Flattening Yield Curve Signaling Slowing Economic Growth?

Friday, December 5, 2014 Traders may need to scale back their expectations slightly for November job creation as the widely watched ADP National Employment Report showed that 208,000 private sector jobs were created. This was below the consensus estimate of... Read More...

Can Dr. Copper Heal Thyself

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 The fundamentals for Copper in 2015 seem to favor the bears as the market is expected to be in surplus. It is estimated by analysts that the global Copper market will see a 500,000 ton surplus... Read More...