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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.
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.
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.
During the last five years, many commodities hit record high prices as there appeared to be a global shortage looming.
Americans have a lot to be thankful for, and this year’s bountiful fall harvest is among them.
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.
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.
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.
Pork market sizzles
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.
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 …
A USDA report released on Monday showed the U.S. stockpile of corn was higher than expected, causing a sharp selloff.
The Federal Reserve surprised markets on Wednesday with an announcement it was not changing anything.
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.
Orange juice prices have been languishing in recent weeks as the 2013 hurricane season remains mild.
Crude oil prices exploded higher this week as U.S. officials’ rhetoric toward Syria grew increasingly bellicose.
Large areas of the Great Plains are abnormally dry or experiencing outright drought, hurting the corn and soybeans growing in those states.
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…
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.
Sugar prices jumped to a one-month high this week on fears the Brazilian sugarcane crop could be damaged by frost.
Orange juice prices jumped this week as Tropical Storm Dorian formed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Corn prices continued grinding lower this week, falling beneath $5 per bushel.
U.S. crude oil prices rocketed to a 16-month high Thursday, reaching as high as $107.45 per 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…
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.
The Federal Reserve continued indicating in an announcement on Wednesday that it was going to end its stimulus program.
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…
Oats prices sprouted higher this week, jumping higher than $4 per bushel on Friday morning, nearing a five-year high.
As hurricane season looms, orange juice prices have risen sharply on speculation that storms could cut into orange production.
Hog prices surged this week as the market prepared for Memorial Day weekend, typically a period of high demand.
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.
Coffee prices have climbed for seven consecutive days, rising nearly 16 cents per pound (12 percent).
Unseasonably cold weather struck across the Great Plains this week, bringing snow and freezing temperatures to major wheat producing regions.
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.
Cool, wet weather across much of the Midwest is plaguing farmers who are unable to plant their corn crop into soggy, cold soil.
On Friday, gold collapsed to the lowest level since 2011, pressured lower by expectations that Cyprus may be forced into selling a portion of its gold holdings.
A quarterly USDA grain stocks report released midday Thursday caused a downward correction in the grain markets, showing larger stockpiles of corn, wheat and soybeans than had been anticipated.
The banking system in Cyprus continues to totter near collapse as Cypriot banks try to figure out a way to make up for deep losses they suffered by investing customer deposits in Greek bonds.
Orange juice prices leaped higher recently as outlooks for the Florida orange crop continue to shrink due to poor weather and crop disease.
Over the last decade, relatively high prices and expectations for rising Chinese demand led to significant investments in copper mining.
Severe winter storms continued this week across the Great Plains, with cold weather expected to slash animal weights.
Soybean prices rallied sharply this week as global demand for U.S. soybeans picked up. The United States is a major soybean exporter, second only to Brazil.
Cattle prices tumbled to four-month lows this week as large supplies weighed on the market.
The USDA released its monthly estimate of grain supply and demand on Friday.
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…
Unleaded gasoline futures leaped higher this week, reaching a three-month high on Thursday. Prices for wholesale gasoline, which excludes taxes and other expenses, reached as high as $2.87 per gallon, up 7 cents per gallon (2.5 percent) during the week.
Crude oil, gasoline and natural gas rallied sharply this week on the heels of bullish news.
Corn, wheat and soybeans are the headline-grabbing grains for most U.S. commodities traders, who largely ignore rice.
Orange juice prices fell this week as better weather across Florida increased hopes for a robust orange crop this 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…
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