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FUTURES FILE: Chilly start for corn planting

Winter’s grasp continues to linger across much of the Midwest, forcing some farmers to wait for a thaw. Before they can plant corn, soil temperatures need to rise toward 50 degrees, which could take a while given the fact that many fields in the Upper Midwest still have frost that extends a …

April 11, 2014 12:12 pm

FUTURES FILE: Precious Metals Shine

Gold, silver, and platinum rallied sharply all week, trading Friday at one-week highs.

April 04, 2014 2:42 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

FUTURES FILE: Breakfast gets pricier

Over the past few months, basic commodities that make up the bulk of Americans’ morning meal have risen sharply in price. Although the reasons for the price increases vary, most people will be likely to see higher food costs at the breakfast table in the coming months.

March 21, 2014 11:55 am

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

FUTURES FILE: Drought drives dairy higher

Milk futures are near an all-time high as California suffers through a severe drought that is threating dairy production.

March 07, 2014 12:30 pm

FUTURES FILE: Ukraine and turbulent commodities

After the rapid overthrow of Ukraine’s pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych last weekend, tensions have been rising as Ukraine struggles to carve out new political leadership.

February 28, 2014 1:22 pm

FUTURES FILE: Chinese Go for the Gold

As international athletes competed this week, China came out with a different sort of prize – the Asian nation was declared the world’s largest gold consumer by the World Gold Council.

February 21, 2014 11:26 am

FUTURES FILE: Chocolate too rich for Valentine’s Day?

As romantics shopped for sweets this week, they may have been surprised by high chocolate prices.

February 14, 2014 12:20 pm

FUTURES FILE: Oats roll higher

Oats prices exploded to an all-time high on Friday, driven by ongoing supply issues in Canada, the second-largest oats grower after Russia.

February 07, 2014 12:05 pm

FUTURES FILE: Natural gas ballooning wildly

In the past two weeks, natural gas prices moved higher by nearly $1.30 per million British thermal units, the wildest move since 2009. The market rallied to a four-year high as blisteringly cold temperatures caused Americans to turn up the heat and use record volumes of the fuel over the pas…

January 31, 2014 1:01 pm

FUTURES FILE: soybeans drop lower as South American harvest nears

South American farmers are preparing to harvest their soybean crop, a factor pulling prices around the world lower.

January 24, 2014 12:28 pm

FUTURES FILE: Cattle prices explode

Cattle prices bolted to an all-time high again this week, driven by ongoing fears of a nationwide cattle shortage created by recent droughts that cut off the animals’ feed supplies.

January 17, 2014 9:50 am

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: New year, new markets

As we prepare to switch the calendar, many futures market participants are already looking ahead, trying to predict the values of commodities for the upcoming year.

December 27, 2013 12:04 pm

FUTURES FILE: Sugar market sours

Sugar prices declined on Wednesday to the lowest price since 2010 as traders nervously await record production in Brazil and Thailand; together, those two nations account for nearly 60 percent of global sugar exports.

December 20, 2013 12:35 pm

FUTURES FILE: Cold weather, hot markets

As subzero temperatures spread across much of the United States this week, many people hunkered down, but commodities traders were very active. A wide variety of commodities are temperature sensitive, causing many market watchers to keep an eye on the mercury this weekend.

December 13, 2013 12:24 pm

FUTURES FILE: Wheat prices soften

Wheat prices dropped to the lowest price in almost three months this week, grinding down on news that global wheat output may reach a record.

December 06, 2013 12:19 pm

FUTURES FILE: Abundance of commodities

During the last five years, many commodities hit record high prices as there appeared to be a global shortage looming.

November 29, 2013 10:43 am

FUTURES FILE: Lower cost Thanksgiving

Americans have a lot to be thankful for, and this year’s bountiful fall harvest is among them.

November 22, 2013 12:43 pm

FUTURES FILE: OJ market shines

Orange juice prices blasted upward in response to a recent USDA report predicted Florida’s orange crop this year would be the smallest since 1990. A combination of dry weather and a disease known as citrus greening are the primary causes for the sour production outlook.

November 15, 2013 2:11 pm

FUTURES FILE: FDA moves to ban trans fats

An announcement this week from the Food and Drug Administration outlined a proposal to ban partially hydrogenated oils, citing health risks due to the presence of trans fats.

November 08, 2013 12:07 pm

FUTURES FILE: Spooky selloff in cocoa, sugar

Halloween marks the highest level of candy consumption throughout the year in the United States, but that fact did not help the cocoa or sugar markets this week.

November 01, 2013 1:20 pm

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

Pork market sizzles

October 26, 2013 12:00 am

FUTURES FILE: Cattle spooked by shutdown

With the government open for business again, cattle traders are anxiously awaiting the monthly Cattle on Feed report, which will give an update on the state of the national herd.

October 18, 2013 11:31 am

FUTURES FILE: Ethanol change drags corn lower

Among U.S. farmers, corn is king – more acres of corn are planted each year than any other crop. Yet very little of that corn is sweet corn that ends up directly on your plate. Nearly half of all domestic corn use is devoted to creating ethanol, a gasoline additive that’s use is mandated by …

October 11, 2013 11:43 am

FUTURES FILE: Corn collapses after USDA report

A USDA report released on Monday showed the U.S. stockpile of corn was higher than expected, causing a sharp selloff.

October 04, 2013 12:03 pm

FUTURES FILE: Fed keeps pump primed

The Federal Reserve surprised markets on Wednesday with an announcement it was not changing anything.

September 20, 2013 11:41 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

FUTURES FILE: Orange juice market sours

Orange juice prices have been languishing in recent weeks as the 2013 hurricane season remains mild.

September 06, 2013 12:38 pm

FUTURES FILE: Crude seesaws on Syria

Crude oil prices exploded higher this week as U.S. officials’ rhetoric toward Syria grew increasingly bellicose.

August 30, 2013 11:30 am

FUTURES FILE: Drought plagues Plains

Large areas of the Great Plains are abnormally dry or experiencing outright drought, hurting the corn and soybeans growing in those states.

August 23, 2013 1:29 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

FUTURES FILE: Cattle stampede skyward

Cattle prices charged to the highest price in over four months after a major meatpacker announced it would stop buying cattle that had been fed with a broadly used feed additive.

August 09, 2013 12:19 pm

FUTURES FILE: Sugar pops on Brazilian freeze scare

Sugar prices jumped to a one-month high this week on fears the Brazilian sugarcane crop could be damaged by frost.

August 02, 2013 12:08 pm

FUTURES FILE: Orange juice spikes as Dorian looms

Orange juice prices jumped this week as Tropical Storm Dorian formed in the Atlantic Ocean.

July 26, 2013 12:07 pm

FUTURES FILE: Corn crumbles under $5

Corn prices continued grinding lower this week, falling beneath $5 per bushel.

July 19, 2013 12:21 pm

FUTURES FILE: Crude gushes higher

U.S. crude oil prices rocketed to a 16-month high Thursday, reaching as high as $107.45 per barrel.

July 12, 2013 1:00 pm

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

FUTURES FILE: Gold can’t get off the mat

Gold prices fell sharply this week, dropping by as much as $113 per ounce (8.7 percent) by Friday morning. Prices have been in a near free-fall since a Federal Reserve announcement implying that stimulus is coming to an end.

June 28, 2013 1:01 pm

FUTURES FILE: Fed’s words melt metals

The Federal Reserve continued indicating in an announcement on Wednesday that it was going to end its stimulus program.

June 21, 2013 1:21 pm

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


Oats prices sprouted higher this week, jumping higher than $4 per bushel on Friday morning, nearing a five-year high.

June 07, 2013 11:50 am

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

FUTURES FILE: Hogs hurry higher

Hog prices surged this week as the market prepared for Memorial Day weekend, typically a period of high demand.

May 24, 2013 11:55 am

FUTURES FILE: Soybeans shoot higher

Although U.S. farmers are expecting to harvest a large soybean crop this fall, the current supply of soybeans in storage is running low, lifting prices higher.

May 17, 2013 12:14 pm

Coffee prices buzz higher

Coffee prices have climbed for seven consecutive days, rising nearly 16 cents per pound (12 percent).

May 10, 2013 12:13 pm

FUTURES FILE: Chilly temps chase wheat higher

Unseasonably cold weather struck across the Great Plains this week, bringing snow and freezing temperatures to major wheat producing regions.

May 03, 2013 12:08 pm

FUTURES FILE: Spring fever helps beef demand

Crave a cook-out? Americans who have been hankering for a hamburger may finally get their chance to roll out the grill and release their pent-up demand for beef, pork and chicken.

April 26, 2013 12:03 pm
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