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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 …
Gold, silver, and platinum rallied sharply all week, trading Friday at one-week highs.
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.
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.
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.
Milk futures are near an all-time high as California suffers through a severe drought that is threating dairy production.
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.
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.
As romantics shopped for sweets this week, they may have been surprised by high chocolate prices.
Oats prices exploded to an all-time high on Friday, driven by ongoing supply issues in Canada, the second-largest oats grower after Russia.
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…
South American farmers are preparing to harvest their soybean crop, a factor pulling prices around the world lower.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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