Commodities

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They call farming a cyclical business, but few cycles have had the ups and downs of corn prices over the last few years. Two years ago, corn and soybean farmer Carol Miller surveyed her 118 dry acres in Ankeny, Iowa, during the worst Midwest drought in a half century. “We probably are going to lose …

Commodities spike on Ukraine conflict

Stocks weren’t the only investments affected by escalating conflict in Ukraine. The price of oil, wheat and other commodities spiked higher today.

Caffeinated coffee prices

Even though coffee prices have come down a little this week, coffee futures are still one of the year’s top commodity gainers.

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Damaged vehicles belonging to Iraqi security forces are seen during clashes between Iraqi security forces and al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, June 10, 2014.

Sectarian violence in Iraq sent oil surging on Thursday, propelling both Brent and West Texas Intermediate up about two percent intraday amid growing concerns about a threat to global supply. After a delayed reaction to turmoil raging in the country, oil prices soared as open warfare between rebel forces—threatening a reconquest of the country barely …

Iraq conflict impact

The trouble in Iraq impacts a lot of U.S. energy companies that do business there. Morgan Brennan takes a look at which firms have operations in Iraq and what’s at stake.

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Veteran trader Art Cashin said Thursday’s rebound in the 10-year yield could indicate a stronger economy. Read MoreJeremy Siegel: Here’s what will send yields higher “It would appear that the reversal in the bond market was above internal technicals. It had gotten a little overbought at the point,” Cashin, director floor operations at the NYSE …

Why copper matters

The recent slide in copper prices is an economic indicator that investors should pay close attention to.

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Cascading copper prices have multiple root causes that lead to one conclusion: The anticipated global economic recovery may not be all it’s cracked up to be. Consequently, analysts are in virtual unison that the extended-term trajectory is lower for the metal often used as a growth barometer. Copper futures are off more than 12 percent …

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Investors’ bullishness on gold at the start of this year looks set to continue, with bets on rising prices for the precious metal rising to the highest level in over 14 months. According to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data, gold futures’ net-long positions – where investors bet on the price of an asset rising …

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Domestic natural gas prices are unlikely to surge—even when the U.S. is exporting to a world now paying three to four times more for gas— because of the vastness of U.S. reserves, industry experts say. Those experts were speaking at the annual IHS CERAWeek Energy conference, where exporting American natural gas, and even oil, were major topics …

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Oil prices are poised to shoot through the top of recent ranges amid growing global demand and that could boost U.S. crude by some 36 percent from current levels, one analyst told CNBC. U.S. crude futures were trading around $102.50 a barrel on Tuesday, not far off four-month highs hit last week above $103. Brent crude hovered at …

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It’s been a banner week for natural gas. Hitting $6.40 per million BTUs on Thursday, the commodity has risen more than 30 percent in eight trading sessions, up to a five-year high. But expert energy trader Rob Raymond says we may not have seen the top just yet. “With sustained cold, you could see $7 or …

Coffee prices soar

The price of your morning Joe is about to get a big jolt because of supply concerns in Brazil.

Natural gas prices surge

The brutally cold winter isn’t the only thing sending natural gas prices higher, a declining supply is too.

Hotter cocoa prices

More people across the globe are eating chocolate and not just on Valentine’s Day, which could mean higher cocoa prices.