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FUTURES FILE: What is deflation?

During wild price swings many recall, understand and fear inflation as an insidious threat to our buying power as the paper dollars in our wallets buy less and less as prices go up. But what happens if prices go down?

October 17, 2014 2:06 pm

FUTURES FILE: Wild swings in stock futures

One of the longest winning streaks in U.S. equities may have come to an end this week or, at least, caused bullish investors to lose some sleep.

October 10, 2014 12:42 pm

FUTURES FILE: Big crops get bigger

Corn prices dove to a five-year low this week, driven lower by heavy supplies of the grain. On Tuesday, the USDA released its quarterly grain stockpile report, showing a whopping 1.236 billion bushels of corn leftover from last year.

October 03, 2014 1:59 pm

FUTURES FILE: Cocoa heats up on Ebola threat

Although most commodities markets fell this week, cocoa rallied sharply on fears that the Ebola epidemic could hamper production in West Africa.

September 19, 2014 12:40 pm

FUTURES FILE: Scotland sends British pound reeling

The British currency, the pound sterling, has collapsed in recent weeks ahead of a vote that could separate Scotland from the rest of the United Kingdom. Scotland has been joined with England for more than 300 years, but recently there have been increasing calls for Scottish independence.

September 12, 2014 1:50 pm

FUTURES FILE: Grains in the drain

Corn, wheat and soybean prices all fell to the lowest level in years this week, driven by expectations for a bountiful global harvest.

September 05, 2014 12:35 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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