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Futures File

Lower heating costs coming

Natural gas prices are nearing one-year lows as U.S. production continues at a breakneck pace, building supplies ahead of winter.

October 24, 2014 2:00 pm

What's up? Milk, beef, chocolate

During this prolonged period of abundance of commodities, prices for grains, metals, crude oil, natural gas and cotton have pounded into the ground, cheapening costs for consumers, but leaving little or no profit potential for farmers and other producers. However, there remain pockets of bul…

September 26, 2014 5:23 pm

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

U.S. crude flows abroad

News the Obama administration is paving the way for an increase in oil exports for the first time in nearly 40 years provides more evidence of high production and ample supplies in North America.

June 27, 2014 12:18 pm

Corn down on farmer selling

Corn prices are plummeting as farmers across the Midwest race to plant this year’s crop. It is widely expected that 70 percent of the corn crop will be planted by this weekend, which helped to confirm the market’s expectations for another large harvest of the grain this fall. As a result, pr…

May 16, 2014 1:41 pm

Despite deluge of crude oil in U.S., high prices persist

U.S. crude oil supplies are continuing to swell, reaching nearly 400 million barrels last week, the highest level since 1931. Oil supplies are rising even as refineries are running near full-speed, pumping out large volumes of gasoline and diesel fuel.

May 02, 2014 12:20 pm

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

Ukraine careens toward rough breakup

The crisis in Ukraine deepened this week as the Crimean region prepared for a referendum on Sunday about whether or not to break away from the rest of Ukraine. The vote could lead to a standoff between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Western leaders, who have declared the referendum illegal.

March 14, 2014 12:00 pm

Orange juice wakes up

Orange juice futures shot sharply higher this week on fears the nationwide cold snap could damage Florida’s sensitive orange groves. Although the Sunshine State was spared from the blisteringly cold temperatures that spread across northern states, temperatures did plunge into the 30s, which …

January 11, 2014 12:00 am

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

FUTURES FILE: Hog prices climb, cotton collapses in futures markets

Pork market sizzles

October 26, 2013 12:00 am

Syrian standstill sinks markets

This week, tensions eased between Syria and the United States as it looked like a Russian-brokered deal might lead to peaceful removal of chemical weapons. The potential for peace caused a sell-off in gold, crude oil, and related commodities.

September 13, 2013 12:14 pm

Beans bounce on frost fears

The USDA released a monthly report on Monday showing the U.S. soybean crop would be notably smaller than expected, though still large by recent standards. The shrinking crop expectations started a rally that lasted all week, with soybeans climbing by as much as 90 cents (up 7.6 percent) by F…

August 17, 2013 12:00 am

Crude explodes over $102 a barrel

Wall Street may have been closed on July 4, but news flowing out of Egypt set off fireworks in the oil markets. Recent political unrest in Egypt led to the ousting of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Morsi was overthrown as a result of widespread criticism across Egypt that he was not shar…

July 05, 2013 10:35 am

Corn grinding lower, petroleum jumps on Mideast unease

Despite the poor weather conditions earlier this spring that delayed planting across much of the Midwest, America’s farmers likely planted a record corn crop, according to USDA estimates. A report released Wednesday projected a total corn crop of more than 14 billion bushels, a jump from the…

June 14, 2013 12:23 pm

Orange juice spikes

As hurricane season looms, orange juice prices have risen sharply on speculation that storms could cut into orange production.

June 01, 2013 12:00 am

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

FUTURES FILE: Yen yields to political pressure

The Japanese Yen plummeted in value this week as news broke that the Japanese Parliament was going to be dissolved. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda called for new elections next month as a result of parliamentary deadlock. It is widely expected he will lose in the upcoming election, giving Jap…

November 17, 2012 12:00 am

Sandy causes gasoline spike

As Hurricane Sandy approached the Eastern Seaboard this week, there was a rash of panic buying in the gasoline market, as consumers and traders expected supplies would be interrupted. Many of their fears were warranted, as pipelines, ports and refineries were disabled by the storm, with some…

November 03, 2012 12:00 am
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