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Analysis Topic: Commodity Markets - Metals, Softs & Oils

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Commodities

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Metals and Mining Paradigm Shift, Exiting Easy And Cheap / Commodities / Metals & Mining

By: Richard_Mills

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe massive growth of global prosperity over the last five centuries has been driven by easy and cheap access to critical materials:

  • Food
  • Fibre
  • Energy
  • Minerals

However since October 2001 the CRB BLS Spot Index has reached record levels.

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Commodities

Friday, February 24, 2012

Inflation Means Less Cluck for Your Buck / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Ned_W_Schmidt

An important trend for many years has been the rising preference of consumers for chicken. Apparently those boneless, skinless, tasteless, chicken breasts are quite popular. In the U.S., production of broilers, table chicken, exceeds by ~50% the production of either pork or beef, when measured by weight. And those "clucks" are now costing more bucks.

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Commodities

Friday, February 24, 2012

Silver Price Could Challenge $50 / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Hubert_Moolman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSilver is currently trading at key resistance levels. See below, a six-year silver chart (all charts generated at fxstreet.com):

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Commodities

Friday, February 24, 2012

Silver & Gold Looking at Gains on Week Despite Dull Markets / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Ben_Traynor

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleU.S. DOLLAR gold bullion prices held steady around $1780 an ounce Friday morning London time, having fallen slightly from yesterday's 3-month high.

Silver bullion meantime hit its highest level since September, rising to $35.74 per ounce just after London opened.

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Commodities

Friday, February 24, 2012

Will Gold be Paulson's Next "Greatest Trade Ever"? / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePeter Krauth writes And it's no wonder.

Paulson made his way into the financial history books thanks to what many now call the "greatest trade ever".

Paulson & Co. shorted the subprime mortgage market before the collapse banking a $15 billion gain.

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Commodities

Friday, February 24, 2012

Peak Oil is here, Crude Oil price to reach $150 by 2012 Year End / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Sam_Chee_Kong

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe ‘Peak Oil’ or ‘Hubbert Peak’ theory refers to the peak in global oil production. Oil is finite and non renewable resource and once half of its reserve is depleted then it will go into a terminal decline as shown on the above figure.

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Commodities

Friday, February 24, 2012

Gold Stocks Nearing End of Wall of Worry Stage / Commodities / Gold & Silver Stocks

By: Jordan_Roy_Byrne

Over the past few months we’ve analyzed gold stocks from a historical perspective. We’ve compared this bull market to the past bull market as well as historical bull markets in equities. We’ve found that nothing is out of the ordinary. Gold stocks are not being manipulated. In fact, this bull market is actually ahead of the bull market in the 1960s and 1970s. They are following a typical bull market which evolves in three stages: the stealth phase, the wall of worry phase then the bubble or public phase. The wall of worry stage entails many twists and turns and marginal new highs along the way. Profits continue to rise but valuations drop as investors remember the first major correction of the bull market.

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Commodities

Friday, February 24, 2012

Commodity prices begin to run / Commodities / Commodities Trading

By: Donald_W_Dony

Commodity and equity prices have trended together for over a decade. However, recently the S&P 500 has bolted away to a 12-month high leaving natural resources to linger in the basement. That disconnect appears to have now changed with commodities quickly playing catch-up to stocks.

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Commodities

Thursday, February 23, 2012

If Gold Could Talk / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Jeff_Clark

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJeff Clark, Casey Research

Have you ever had any doubts about gold? Does it sometimes feel like it should be performing better? Are you concerned about its volatility? Do you worry about how it might perform in the future? Have you ever wondered about its true purchasing power? Maybe you're nervous about a big drop in price again? I decided to go directly to the source to address these concerns: Gold himself. He put his arm around me and asked me to tell you a few things…

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Commodities

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gold Jumps to 3-Month High on Options Expiry / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe PRICE of PRECIOUS METALS rose further Thursday morning in London, pushing higher from last night's sharp jump in New York, with Dollar-priced gold trading at its highest level since mid-November above $1780 per ounce.

Physical gold holdings backing the giant SPDR Gold Trust last night remained unchanged, however, both from Tuesday's finish and one week ago.

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Commodities

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Greeceā€™s Lenders Have The Right To Seize National Gold Reserves / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: GoldCore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGold’s London AM fix this morning was USD 1,776.50, EUR 1,334.41, and GBP 1,130.45 per ounce.

Yesterday's AM fix was USD 1,754.75, EUR 1,325.04, and GBP 1,116.32 per ounce.

Spot gold hit a 3 month high of $1,781.40/oz yesterday rising for the third day in a row. Gold has consolidated on those gains in Asia and Europe.

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Commodities

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Global Gas Set To Wreak Havoc For The Energy Majors / Commodities / Natural Gas

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUS energy sector corporations are set to report a major slide in profits - probably the biggest fall since the financial meltdown of 2008-09. This time it wasnt a crash into deep economic recession that cut their earnings, but producing too much gas. The single word "fracking" explains all, as the drilling technique known as fracking implodes US natural gas prices and a frenetic bidding war for shale gas leases and other gas assets locks in producers, even the biggest energy majors into a no-win low price future. Spilling out from the gas subsector, the gas supply bulge's impacts across the energy space are only just compensated by high and firm oil prices. When or if oil prices faltered, the financial situation for the energy majors will not be comfortable.

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Commodities

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Miners Saving the Silver Price? / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: William_Bancroft

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn another look at the silver market, Will Bancroft takes a look at Eric Sprott’s call to silver miners in November 2011. Have the suppliers of silver bullion to the market taken heed? Are the miners reclaiming the silver price? Read on to see how Mr Sprott’s call has been received, whether the miners are rethinking their precious product.

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Commodities

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gold and Silver Get A Technical Boost on Greek Bailout Plan / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

Trading action in silver and gold were confined to a range as the Greek drama over obtaining the second €130 billion bailout from the so-called troika, IMF/EU/ECB continued. Even though the austerity measures — which were a condition for the loan — were approved in the Greek parliament on February 14th, the EU now wants to exercise more scrutiny before extending the money.

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Commodities

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Do Central Banks Care More About the Dow or Gold? / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Eric_McWhinnie

On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly climbed above 13,000, its highest level since May 2008.  Many rejoiced at the psychological milestone as the index has nearly doubled from March 2009 lows.  Central banks around the world have flooded the financial system with liquidity in an effort to stave off a deepening financial crisis.  As a result, asset prices on stocks and commodities have surged in recent years.  However, investors should pay closer attention to relative performance and the increasing demand for gold by central banks.

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Commodities

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Greek Crisis is Biggest Risk for Gold / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Ben_Traynor

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleU.S. DOLLAR gold prices held steady just off $1760 an ounce during Wednesday morning trading in London, after a rally in Tuesday's US session saw gold climb 1.3%.

Silver prices softened slightly but held above $34 per ounce – having through that level on Tuesday following the Greek bailout announcement. Stocks and commodities edged lower this morning, while government bond prices gained.

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Commodities

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Commodities have Broken Out to the Upside / Commodities / Commodities Trading

By: Chad_Bennis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith Greece in the rearview mirror, investors turned their attention to the risk on trades. The CRB index painted a clear breakout from its consolidation over the past few weeks. This breakout has been confirmed in silver, gold, oil and copper.

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Commodities

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Crude Oil vs. Iran: Who Blinks First? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

Oil futures spiked more than 2% in one day to their highest level in nine months on Tuesday Feb. 21. WTI front month contract closed at $105.84, while Brent ended at $121.66 on ICE, primarily on investors fear of potential conflict over the escalating tensions between the US, Europe, Israel, and Iran. A second Greek bailout deal of €130bn (£110bn; $170bn) also helped to inject some optimism into the market (which would seem totally mis-placed as we may need to relive this Greek drama in two years). Nevertheless, the fact remains crude oil market supply and demand has not changed a bit to warrant a 2%+ price jump in one day.

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Commodities

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Long-Term Fundamental Case for Gold / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.”

~ United States Constitution, Excerpt from Article 1, Section 10 ~

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Commodities

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Enduring Popularity of Gold / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Frank_Holmes

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe World Gold Council (WGC) reaffirmed the power of the Love Trade in its 2011 Gold Demand Trends report released this week. Gold demand grew 0.4 percent in 2011 despite a 28 percent year-over-year increase in bullion’s average price.

After flirting with the top spot for some time, China emerged as the world’s largest gold market for jewelry and investment during the fourth quarter of 2011 as demand in India weakened. This is the first time China’s demand outpaced India’s in 11 quarters. However, India did retain the gold demand crown for the entire year, purchasing 933 tons compared to China’s demand of 770 tons.

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