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FUTURES FILE: Housing hoists lumber prices

A slew of shockingly good housing data shook U.S. markets this week, especially lumber. Reports showed that construction of new homes is rising from the post-recession doldrums and that sales of existing homes increased for the fourth straight month.

August 22, 2014 1:37 pm

O.J. prices squeezed lower

The cost of a balanced breakfast continues to get cheaper as orange juice prices plummet. U.S. demand for orange juice has fallen to the lowest level in more than a decade as consumers snub O.J. for other beverages, dropping prices near the lowest level for the year.

August 08, 2014 5:30 pm

FUTURES FILE: Cattle stampede higher

Cattle futures shot into all-time highs again this week, reaching $1.58 per pound Thursday. Prices continue to rise because of a shortage of animals stemming from the multiyear drought in the Great Plains that destroyed herds and their food sources.

July 25, 2014 9:57 am

FUTURES FILE: Downed jet fuels commodities rise

Midday Thursday, a Malaysia Airlines flight crashed in Eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people aboard. Initial fears that the plane had been shot down were supported by intelligence agencies, sparking concerns that the crash could signal a deepening of the conflict between Ukraine and pro-Ru…

July 18, 2014 11:48 am

FUTURES FILE: Cattle market slaughtered

After making an all-time high early Monday morning, cattle prices reversed sharply lower as cattlemen began bringing cattle to the market to capture record high prices.

July 11, 2014 3:01 pm

FUTURES FILE: Soy market swamped

Last Monday, the Department of Agriculture released its newest estimate for planted acreage and grain stockpiles, and both showed vastly more soybeans than had been anticipated.

July 03, 2014 2:49 pm

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

FUTURES FILE: Gold gets boost from Fed

Gold charged to a two-month high this week, fueled by help from the Federal Reserve.

June 20, 2014 12:41 pm

FUTURES FILE: Crude boils higher

Crude oil prices exploded higher this week as the military conflict escalated in Iraq. Sunni militants have reportedly captured multiple major Iraqi cities and now threaten to take Baghdad, the capital.

June 13, 2014 12:07 pm

FUTURES FILE: Euro goes negative

Early Thursday morning, the European Central Bank announced it was making an unprecedented move: lowering interest rates below zero.

June 06, 2014 11:13 am

FUTURES FILE: Grains get crushed

Corn and wheat prices have been plummeting recently, an unwelcome sign for Midwestern farmers who have been busy planting corn and are preparing to harvest their winter wheat.

May 30, 2014 12:18 pm

FUTURES FILE: Crude awakening for markets

Crude oil prices gained sharply this week, hitting a one-month high after U.S. Energy Information Administration statistics showed a quick drawdown in supplies.

May 23, 2014 11:57 am

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

FUTURES FILE: Natural gas losing steam

This winter, natural gas prices hit a five-year high at $6.49 per million British thermal units, charging higher due to extreme cold weather across much of the country.

May 09, 2014 9:27 am

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

FUTURES FILE: El Niño on the way?

Global farmers, fishermen, meteorologists and commodities traders are closely watching water temperatures in the South Pacific, waiting to see if the water will warm up this summer, a telltale sign of the El Niño phenomenon.

April 25, 2014 12:12 pm

FUTURES FILE: Gold melts on China fears

Gold prices plunged this week, falling more than $40 per ounce during the day Tuesday, the largest sell-off this year.

April 17, 2014 3:07 pm

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

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

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: 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
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