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Metals / Commodities

The Japanese Earthquake’s Impact on Global Metal Markets

Mar 15, 2011 at 08:30 | Lisa Reisman

The impact of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan undoubtedly has had — and will continue to have — broad ramifications across commodity markets, currency markets and stock markets, not to…

China's Five Year Energy Conservation Plan Could Have Serious Ramifications for Metals

Mar 10, 2011 at 07:59 | Stuart Burns

An interesting article in the New York Times last week looked at Chinese plans to release details this month of its new five-year plan for energy conservation. The issue…

Rare Earth Prices Soaring: Will Miners Play Catch Up?

Mar 08, 2011 at 15:00 | Jeb Handwerger

The Middle East Turmoil has created a sell off in equities and a run to the safe haven assets of precious metals and oil.  Even though rare earth prices are…

What do the Middle East Uprisings Mean for Metals?

Mar 08, 2011 at 07:35 | Stuart Burns

It is tempting to look at the events in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya and, as shocking as the loss of life and bloodshed have been, at least console ourselves that…

Are High Nickel Prices Here to Stay?

Mar 07, 2011 at 08:52 | Stuart Burns

How should stainless consumers plan their product design and view material purchasing options strategically in the face of such a strong nickel price? It is no secret that during the…

A Look at the New Field of Deep Sea Mining

Mar 07, 2011 at 08:37 | Andy Soos

Deep sea mining is a relatively new mineral retrieval process that takes place on the ocean floor. Ocean mining sites are usually around large areas of polymetallic nodules or active…

Oil's Big Push on Corn

Mar 04, 2011 at 08:55 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

You would think that with oil crisis levitating over $100/barrel and gasoline continuing its relentless march towards $5/gallon, farmers would be wringing their hands, wondering how they can afford the…

Going Back into the Ags

Jun 23, 2010 at 19:00 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

OK, I can’t stand it anymore. After staying out of the agricultural sector for the past six months I’m going back in. I’m not betting the farm, mind you. I…

44 Million People Driven Into Poverty by Rising Food Prices

Feb 25, 2011 at 07:44 | David Caploe PhD

Rising food prices have driven an estimated 44 million people into poverty in developing countries since last June as food costs continue to rise to near 2008 levels, according to…

Libyan Unrest Causes Commodity Prices to Skyrocket

Feb 23, 2011 at 07:31 | Business Insider

As political turmoil and violent social unrest continue to plague Libya, a massive economic mushroom cloud has emerged in the form of unprecedented upward price momentum across the broad spectrum…

A Buying Opportunity is Setting Up for the Ags

Feb 22, 2011 at 20:36 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

In January, I wimped out of my hefty long position in the grain ETF (JJG), hoping to sidestep a potential sell off going into a dreaded US Department of Agriculture…

A Look Behind Rising Food Prices: Population Growth; Rising Oil Prices; Weather Events

Feb 21, 2011 at 08:42 | Gail Tverberg

Rising food prices, crowned by a recent record high spike and chronicled in the graph below, have played a role in triggering the spread of unrest that we’ve witnessed recently…

The Population Bomb Echoes

Feb 20, 2011 at 19:36 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Pack your portfolios with agricultural plays like Potash (POT), Mosaic (MOS), and Agrium (AGU) if Dr. Paul Ehrlich is just partially right about the impending collapse in the world’s food…

Why Commodities are Being Driven by Inflation and Supply Worries

Feb 14, 2011 at 07:10 | Wall St. Cheat Sheet

The mainstream press loves to talk about emerging market demand as a cause of inflation, rising prices and the bull market in commodities. Did emerging markets suddenly begin demanding food,…

Despite High Prices - There is no Bubble in Commodities

Feb 11, 2011 at 07:50 | Business Insider

High prices do not mean a bubbles. High prices are just high prices. Humans are horrible at best in predicting either the frequency or the magnitude of such moves, yet…

Rare Earth Deficiencies, Diagnosis... An Emergency Treatment Plan

Feb 07, 2011 at 14:10 | Jeb Handwerger

A serious lack of rare earth elements is endemically afflicting the world body politic.  It has been brought on by a chronic combination of American short sightedness and Chinese need…

Water, Not Oil Could Soon Become the World’s Greatest catalyst for Conflict

Jan 24, 2011 at 12:18 | Eurasianet

Writing about the 1967 Six Day War in his 2001 memoirs, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that "While the border disputes between Syria and ourselves were of great significance,…

Can We Blame Bernanke for the Rise in Food and Commodity Prices?

Jan 20, 2011 at 06:41 | Bruce Krasting

It wouldn’t be fair to say that Bernanke is responsible for all the run-up in global food prices. There are many factors at play. That’s not to say the US…

Russia in Joint Venture With Mongolia to Develop Uranium Resource

Jan 07, 2011 at 08:54 | RFE/RL staff

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a law on forming a joint venture with Mongolia to develop a large uranium deposit. Medvedev's signature clears the way for creation of the…

2011 Commodities Trading Forecast

Jan 06, 2011 at 10:39 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

This is my favorite asset class for the next decade, as investors increasingly catch on to the secular move out of paper assets into hard ones. Don’t buy anything that…

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