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Call it the perfect nonstorm. Natural gas was cratering Monday, as mild weather forecasts compound a supply surplus and a general energy market swoon. Nat gas futures were as low as $3.12 per million British thermal units, which is the lowest level since January 2013, and represents a decline of 15 percent in two trading …


Crude oil is hitting new lows, with WTI falling as low as $58.80 per barrel in early Friday trading. This, in turn, has crushed energy stocks. But one big trader seems to believe that the selling has produced a fat opportunity, and is now betting millions on an energy turnaround. In a large trade Thursday …

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Several of the world’s key commodities — including oil, gas, gold and corn — have been suffering the worst months of trading since the commodities crash of 2008. Back then, the main reason for downturn in prices was obvious: the credit crisis and subsequent panic about global economic growth. Yet today, while global growth is …

Goldman Sachs gets grilled on aluminum prices

Lawmakers go after Goldman Sachs, accusing it of manipulating the prices of aluminum.


Chocoholics beware! A chocolate shortage looms: Report Bad news: chocolate, the delicacy of choice for children, chocoholics and depressives everywhere, has become increasingly expensive. Now comes even worse news: global supplies of the brown stuff are becoming increasingly scarce, according to one report. The Washington Post reported on Saturday that due to a host of …

Winter chill for natural gas?

A winter weather blast across much of the U.S. this week has sent the price of natural gas spiking higher, weeks before the official start of winter.

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If oil prices stay where they are now, Russia’s economy could be in serious trouble and could face recession in the coming year, analysts warn. Sergei Guriev, a former advisor to the Russian government, told CNBC that, should oil prices stay at their near-record lows of around $82 a barrel, Russia, which is basing its …

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An oil refinery in Kenai, Alaska.

The recent drop in oil prices is providing relief to consumers’ budgets in the form of lower gasoline prices. But if you happen to live in a region that’s a big energy producer, falling oil prices may soon take a bite out of your state’s budget. Take Alaska. The state, which relies on oil taxes …

Oil prices continue to decline

The price of oil fell below $80 a barrel during the trading day. That’s good news for drivers, but could be bad news for parts of the job market.

How low will oil go

Oil prices continue to slide, which is good for consumers, but bad for producers.


Gold slumped to its lowest level in 15 months on Monday, leaving investors split over the near-term outlook as it trades near key technical levels. Better-than-expected U.S. jobs data on Friday boosted the dollar and dampened safe-haven demand for gold, pushing prices to $1,183.46 on Monday. A break below key support $1,180 would spell further pain for gold, said Chris Weston, chief market …

Q4 outlook for bonds & commodities

What’s next for bonds and commodities in the fourth quarter?

Pressure to export crude oil

A new report suggests that U.S. crude prices could tumble $30 below international prices, unless the nation begins exporting some of the product it’s producing.

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Oilfield workers at a drilling platform near the Iraqi city of Badra, south of Baghdad.

Geopolitical tensions between Russia and the West and troubles in Middle East have dominated headlines all summer, but investors so far have managed to shrug off fears, with the market reaction remaining fairly contained. The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) basket of 12 crude oils slid to $94.31 on Tuesday, the lowest level since …

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Predictions of a second year of record grain harvests in the U.S. should seem like a cause for celebration. But for grain farmers and grain elevator operators in states like Minnesota and the Dakotas, it’s a near disastrous crisis that could continue to cost them tens of millions of dollars. The reason: A lack of …