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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.
Unseasonably cold weather struck across the Great Plains this week, bringing snow and freezing temperatures to major wheat producing regions.
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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…
Soybean prices collapsed by nearly $1 (6.5 percent) per bushel during the week, hammered lower by news that China had cancelled major soybean purchases from the United States.
Orange juice prices jumped to a four-month high this week as the USDA reduced its estimate for Florida’s orange crop by more than 5 percent.
Heavy rains in Argentina are impeding soybean plantings, threatening that nation’s crop.
This week, a slew of housing data was released, which showed continued strength in the housing market. The widely-followed Case-Shiller Index showed a rise in home prices of 3 percent across 20 major metropolitan areas. Meanwhile, the pending home sales index showed a 5.2 percent increase ov…
Those outside of the winter wheat growing region may not be thinking about the recent U.S. drought this time of year, but precipitation is desperately needed in order to re-charge the aquifer and replenish subsoil moisture in Kansas, Nebraska and North Texas.
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…
Soybean prices were battered lower on Friday morning as the USDA released a report showing a better-than-expected crop this year.
Crude oil prices tumbled this week to the lowest price since early July, trading less than $85 per barrel on Wednesday.
Lumber prices shot higher this week, reaching the highest price in more than 18 months, spurred on by a stronger housing market.
Unlike bacon, eggs, and toast, all of which have been on the rise as a result of this year’s drought, coffee, cocoa, orange juice and sugar have all fallen in price this month.
Fears about a shortage of bacon swept through the media this week after the National Pig Association of the United Kingdom released a report warning that a “world shortage of bacon is unavoidable.”
Gasoline prices rose to a five-month high this week, gaining more than 25 cents per gallon. Nationwide, gasoline stockpiles are relatively low, nearly 15 percent smaller than at this time last year. Ongoing turmoil in the Middle East has continued to keep prices elevated, but this week’s big…
Grain prices plummeted this week as farmers harvested this year’s crop at a record pace. Warm weather this past spring allowed farmers to get a jump start on planting, giving the crop an early start on development. Despite the damaging drought this summer, those plants that survived have con…
The Federal Reserve announced plans for Quantitative Easing 3, or QE3, on Thursday, which sent precious metals, petroleum and stock markets sharply higher.
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 …
Soybean futures rallied to new record high Thursday morning, with soybeans for September delivery pushing more than $17.80 per bushel.
Precious metals advanced in trading this week, boosted by an announcement by the Federal Open Market Committee that suggested more economic stimulus may be on the way soon. In the past, Fed action to stimulate the economy has often been interpreted as stoking inflation, causing the price of …
Platinum prices exploded higher this week, catalyzed by a deadly miners strike in the world’s third-largest platinum mine.
U.S. farmers’ fears have been confirmed - the U.S. corn crop appears to be the worst since 1995. The Department of Agriculture released a closely-watched report predicting that this year’s crop would yield a measly 123.4 bushels per acre. Although recent advances in drought-resistant seed de…
Orange juice prices rebounded this week as tropical storm Ernesto entered the Caribbean.
This summer’s exceptionally hot and dry weather has been wreaking havoc on the grain markets, but high temperatures have made an impact on other commodities markets as well.
Images of anemic plants, gasping before the unrelenting sun, served as a backdrop to this week’s 58 cent rally in the corn market.
In a surprise move on Wednesday morning, the Department of Agriculture revised this year’s soybean and corn crop sizes sharply lower.
Record-breaking temperatures continued to blaze across the Midwest, with little rain falling on the drought-stricken Corn Belt. Corn and soybeans continue to be damaged by hot, dry weather, causing industry experts to further downgrade the quality of this year’s crops. As a result of the low…
While hot, dry Midwestern weather found humans seeking shelter from the sun, the corn crop was fighting for its life, and traders took notice.
Corn and soybean prices rose sharply this week as the market began assessing the damage hot, dry weather could be doing to the crops.
In an election that once again calls into question the fate of euro currency, Greek voters will hit the polls this Sunday. This weekend's vote was scheduled after a May 6 election failed to give any of Greece's seven main political parties enough votes to form a functioning coalition government.
Soybean prices rallied 95 cents this week, rising 7 percent as traders evaluated changes in the weather, supply and demand.
Disappointing employment numbers from the United States hammered global markets into new lows this week.
The euro currency continued sinking this week, falling to the lowest price since 2010. This price decline came as investors grew increasingly concerned that Greece will abandon the euro currency in order to gain increased financial flexibility.
Greece, a small debt–ridden nation bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, continues to sink the currency of Europe. A May 6 election failed to produce a sufficient majority to move forward with recent austerity measures demanded by the European Central Bank.
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