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Category: Agricultural Commodities

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Commodities

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hot Oil Anyone? / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Ned_W_Schmidt

The topic of hot oil probably conjures up fantasies that are beyond the boundaries for this public discussions. And no, neither are we referring to the oil made into gasoline, though the price of that oil has been hot lately. We are referring to that oil which goes on your salad, used to fry your dinner, or is a critical ingredient in many of our favorite foods. We are talking here about vegetable oils, or edible oils. While not a regular topic for investors, it may become one as edible oil prices could get hot in coming years.

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Commodities

Friday, February 24, 2012

Inflation Means Less Cluck for Your Buck / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Ned_W_Schmidt

An important trend for many years has been the rising preference of consumers for chicken. Apparently those boneless, skinless, tasteless, chicken breasts are quite popular. In the U.S., production of broilers, table chicken, exceeds by ~50% the production of either pork or beef, when measured by weight. And those "clucks" are now costing more bucks.

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Commodities

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Barley Investing Better Than Gold and Silver? / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Ned_W_Schmidt

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOver the past five years, barley, of the eighteen commodities we follow, was the top performer. Rising by 180+% it bested Gold, +170%, and Silver, +150%. But why quibble? Nearly all commodity prices have done than paper equities. And perhaps they should, as real assets require real work to produce and are essential to the real world.

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Commodities

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Agri-Equities and the Global Food Crisis / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Ned_W_Schmidt

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSome may have considered a planter of herbs on the patio for that taste only freshly picked gives. Many of us have a garden for fresh vegetables in the back yard. In the city that is about all that most can do. For in the city, no chickens are allowed. Most communities have strong ordinances against raising a flock of chickens in the backyard. And forget it, no cows for milk either.

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Commodities

Friday, January 06, 2012

Food, The Near-Perfect Product / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Ned_W_Schmidt

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhat if we found a product to which consumers have an uncontrollable physical craving?

What if consumers bought more of this addictive product as their incomes rose?

What if as their incomes rose they demanded higher quality, more expensive to produce versions of this product?

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Commodities

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Meat-to-Feed Ratio: Feeding the Agricultural Commodities Bull? / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Ned_W_Schmidt

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith 2011 about to be history, investor should be thinking about two matters. How did various market sectors perform during the year, and why did they do so? That task is part of the learning process. It allows us to refine our thinking, and shed thoughts that will not be productive in the future. Second, we are of course interested in the implications of current trends for investments in the coming year. 2012 is still a blank page. Thus far as 2012 is concerned, we have made no mistakes. To start this learning process the first chart portrays the performance of the various sectors of the Agri-Food market over the past year.

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Commodities

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

BHP, Vale, Rio Tinto, World's Largest Miners Like Potash / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Richard_Mills

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMiners are looking to enter the potash business, or expand existing operations, as they look for increased demand from developing nations such as China, India and Brazil.

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Commodities

Monday, November 14, 2011

Crop-Killing Drought to Push Food Price Inflation Even Higher / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: A drought affecting one-third of the lower 48 states has hurt several key food crops, driving up prices this year and assuring widespread food inflation well into 2012.

According to the National Climatic Data Center, the drought has caused more than $10 billion in losses to agriculture and cattle, a number it expects to keep rising as the drought continues.

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Commodities

Saturday, October 29, 2011

New Bull Phase for Agricultural Commodities Grains ETF / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Mike_Paulenoff

The medium-term technical work in the iPath DJ-UBS Grains TR Sub-Idx ETN (JJG) indicates that a new bull phase started after the June 2010 low at 32.33, which completed its initial up leg at the Feb 2011 high of 58.25.

All of the action off of the Feb 2011 high, into the Oct 4 low, represented a complex corrective process that fully digested the gains of the prior up leg.

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Currencies

Friday, October 28, 2011

High Corn Prices Burning Meat Companies But Agribusiness Will Thrive / Currencies / Agricultural Commodities

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: High corn prices are creating misery for meat processing companies that are getting squeezed on profits and consumers who are getting squeezed in their wallets.

Just about the only group to benefit from high corn prices will be agribusiness companies that make the equipment and supplies farmers will need to grow more corn.

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Commodities

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Two Ways to Profit From La Nina Seasonal Weather Shift / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJack Barnes writes: If you follow the commodity markets, you know that weather can have a dramatic effect on your investments.

A flood, drought, hurricane, tornado, or even something as simple as the changing of the seasons can be a game changer.

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Commodities

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Compelling Case for Urgent Action in the Global Food System / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Ned_W_Schmidt

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUK Government Office of Science report on global food situation, The Future of Food and Farming (2011):Challenges and choices for global sustainability is likely to become the benchmark for such research, and will be quoted extensively in the years ahead. Sir John Beddington, Chief Scientific Advisor to HM Government, summarizes the situation well in the preface to this 200+ page report,

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Commodities

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Agri-Equities Potential for Significant Profit Expansion / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Ned_W_Schmidt

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA center of global commerce? Connecting to the global Agri-Food system? Helping to feed Japan, Korea, and China? Why yes, Moses Lake, Washington comes immediately to mind. In the Hay Report from World news services via wenatcheeworld.com we discover, "Moses Lake (Sept 16) -- Tonnage this week: 18,180; last week: 19,555; last year: 14,970." That year-to-year increase for bales of hay sold is 20+%, and might have been higher had supply not been constrained in the U.S.

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Commodities

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Investing in Farmland for Healthy Profits / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: If Mark Twain was talking about investing in farmland when he suggested "buy land - they're not making anymore," then he knew more about finance than he's credited with.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago just reported that prime farmland prices in the heart of the U.S. grain belt (Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin) - were up 17% in the second quarter compared to 2010, the biggest year-over-year increase since 1977.

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Commodities

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Agri-Food Prices Make New Highs / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Ned_W_Schmidt

Unburdened by the failure of Keynesian socialism, China continues to grow. India, despite repeated self inflicted political wounds, is also likely to experience an expanding economy. With the EU suffering from another financial crisis, it is unlikely to have a positive economic experience in the next few years. In the U.S. job killing policies and regulations of Obama regime stand in the way of expanding employment.

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Commodities

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hedge Higher Food Prices by Investing in Corn / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: A smaller-than-expected U.S. fall harvest, combined with strong demand, has sown the seeds of higher corn market prices. That will inflate your grocery bill, but it's also an investing opportunity that should persist into next year according to some experts.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently reduced its forecast for the fall corn crop to 12.9 billion bushels from 13.5 billion based on damage from spring flooding and summer drought in several key corn-producing states.

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Commodities

Monday, August 15, 2011

Agri-Food's Impacted by U.S. Treasury Sucking $245 Billion Out of Financial Markets / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Ned_W_Schmidt

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSince last Tuesday, when the U.S. Congress delivered a sugar-coated pig in a blanket sandwich rather than a deficit reduction plan, the Obama regime has been on a wild spending spree. Thus far, the U.S. Treasury, in little more than a week, has sucked $245 billion out of financial markets through the sale of U.S. government debt. Little else need be known to explain the collapse of financial markets.

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Commodities

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Agri-Foods Price Correction Breeds Investor Opportunities / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Ned_W_Schmidt

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTime is an important component of both healing and financial corrections. Some times, it just takes time. To date, the correction in Agri-Food prices, as shown by the index in the chart below, has been modest. The Agri-Food Price Index has declined less than 7% from the high to the recent low. That would be considered modest by most.

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Commodities

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Agri-Foods Price Consolidation Fuel for the Next Rally / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Ned_W_Schmidt

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePrimary difference between a correction and a consolidation is the depth of the downward price movement. Consolidations are milder, though that might require a longer time period. In both though, an important regenerative process takes place. The fuel for the next rally is accumulated, and thinking is refreshed. In short, both should be welcomed, and their conclusion anticipated.

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Commodities

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Investing in Agribusiness: Will This Major Food Company Be Bought Out? / Commodities / Agricultural Commodities

By: Eric_McWhinnie

Ralcorp Holdings Inc. (NYSE:RAH) produces a variety of store brand foods that are sold under the individual labels of various grocery, mass merchandise, and drug store retailers. Their products include everything from Post Raisin Brand to NutCracker Mixed Nuts. In May, we discussed how Ralcorp’s share price had been sizzling, but wondered if it could maintain its rally. Recently, Ralcorp has been back in the news, but are shares popping?

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