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Russia sows discord in wheat market

This week, tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated again, as Russian troops and tanks reportedly invaded Ukraine. While US military involvement still seems unlikely, analysts believe the situation is shifting toward a full-blown war, which could destabilize both nations and limit their…

August 29, 2014 10:19 am

Market stops 'Yellen' for gold

Janet Yellen, in her first meeting as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, last week indicated the Fed would continue to reduce stimulus and could be on track to start raising interest rates in the near future. In response, gold prices have collapsed, losing more than $100 per ounce.

March 28, 2014 12:22 pm

Cocoa and coffee lose steam

Despite the blisteringly cold weather throughout much of the country, two of America’s favorite hot drinks aren’t seeing price increases. Cocoa and coffee prices both fell hard this week, primarily due to healthy harvests in tropical countries.

January 03, 2014 12:22 pm

Corn pops under Argentine heat

On Friday, corn reached the highest price since early December, climbing to more than $7.46 per bushel. Prices rallied as the market grew more concerned about hot and dry weather in Argentina threatening that nation’s crop. Argentina is the world’s fourth-largest corn producer, and its April…

February 02, 2013 12:00 am

A look back at corn's tumultuous year

Corn prices made a record high this year as drought ravaged crops across the Midwest. Despite the fact that farmers planted the most acres of corn since 1937, this year’s corn crop was relatively small due to drought-induced low yields. As corn baked throughout late summer, market expectatio…

December 29, 2012 12:00 am

Gold and silver shine

Gold, silver and platinum prices rose sharply on news early Thursday morning that the European Central Bank will buy an unlimited amount of bonds from struggling European nations on the condition they stick to the rules of the planned bailout. Precious metals are considered safe-havens from …

September 07, 2012 12:51 pm
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