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Silver Near a 31-Year High

Silver Near a 31-Year High

Filed under: Major Movement , Competitive Strategy , Barrick Gold (ABX) , Commodities , Federal Reserve Back in the late 1970s, the Hunt brothers from Texas tried to corner the silver market . That drove prices to $48 an ounce. Now, 31 years later, silver is shooting higher again. The March silver futures contract closed at $32.296 per ounce , up 72 cents. Since gold is expensive, investors are turning to silver to hedge against inflation. Many fear that the Federal Reserve will not be able to control the spike in commodity prices. The Fed is buying $600 billion of treasuries and keeping interest rates near zero. Continue reading Silver Near a 31-Year High Silver Near a 31-Year High originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Sat, 19 Feb 2011 12:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Market Week Wrap-up

– Leading global equity indices continued floating upwards this week while the inflation drumbeat just kept getting louder. In the US, the January y/y CPI figure hit +1.6%, its highest level since last spring, and some analysts were alarmed by higher food prices creeping into CPI data sooner than expected. China’s January CPI report was lower than expected at +4.9% y/y, but markets panned the figures as heavily massaged by basket revisions. In the UK, the BoE said CPI would likely continue growing at a 4-5% clip over the short term. The World Bank released a report indicating that food prices were up 15% since October 2010 and are now only 3% away from record highs hit in 2008. Commodities moves complicated the story somewhat. While silver has pushed out to 30-year highs, there were signs that inflated soft commodity prices were beginning to unwind, with cotton and grain prices both below recent highs. Crude and gold prices have been impacted by reports that Iran is sending warships through the Suez Canal and bloody protests in Bahrain (next door to Saudi Arabia), although WTI futures were well below recent highs seen in early February. The Obama Administration unveiled its $3.73T budget proposal for 2012, including an all-time high deficit of $1.65T, reflecting the tax-cut agreement reached with Republicans in December. For 2012, the administration sees the imbalance declining to $1.1T, giving the country a record four straight years of one trillion-plus deficits. Bond prices held steady after the details were released, and Congress sharpened its knives for a budget fight. The Feb Empire Manufacturing survey hit its highest level since last June, indicating that the US manufacturing expansion seen over the last several months is continuing. On Friday there was plenty of commentary out of the G20 conference, where leaders tried mightily to achieve some concrete steps in reforming the global monetary system. Fed Chairman Bernanke took a swipe at the Chinese in his policy address to the G20, warning that nations which keep currency values low create imbalances, while the PBoC’s Zhou continued to push for a higher profile for the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights (SDRs). For the week, the DJIA rose 1.0%, the Nasdaq gained 0.9% and the S&P500 was up 1.0%. – John Deere crushed earnings and revenue targets in its Q1 report and nearly doubled its guidance for FY11 equipment sales. The firm hiked its sales guidance for its key agriculture and construction units as well, and said its Q2 revenue would blow out consensus estimates. Later in the week Caterpillar released very favorable dealer metrics for the month of January, with North America machinery sales up a whopping 58% y/y in the month. – Iron ore miner Cliffs Natural Resources reported very strong Q4 profits on a big y/y gain in iron ore pricing. The company expects global steel production to continue to grow in 2011, although it warned that spot iron ore prices are unsustainably high. Reliance Steel also blew out earnings estimates, and said pricing would remain strong at least through the first quarter of 2011. – In tech, Dell’s profit was way ahead of the consensus in its Q4 report, thanks to a big improvement in margins. The company said it believes the corporate IT…

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Cotton Closes Above $2 per Pound as Market Remains in Chaos

Filed in commodities, New Gold, o, South African Gold, Spot Gold by on February 18, 2011 0 Comments
Cotton Closes Above $2 per Pound as Market Remains in Chaos

Filed under: Major Movement , Industry , Market Matters , Commodities , Agriculture The cotton market is in a state of chaos. On Friday, March cotton on the ICE exchange closed at $2.1102 per pound, up the 7 cent daily limit, the Financial Times reported. The market opened limit up at $2.1102. That means that you cannot buy cotton even if you wanted to. The market is frozen. Commodities are much different from stocks. Commodities are a zero sum game. Contracts usually last for three months. At the end of the three months, the longs take delivery from the shorts who deliver their cotton, and zero contracts are left. Continue reading Cotton Closes Above $2 per Pound as Market Remains in Chaos Cotton Closes Above $2 per Pound as Market Remains in Chaos originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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ConocoPhillips (COP): Portfolio Anchor

Filed in Bank Gold, commodities, Conoco, earnings, HAL, o, revenue, Tegra by on February 18, 2011 0 Comments
ConocoPhillips (COP): Portfolio Anchor

Filed under: Newsletters , ConAgra Foods (CAG) , Commodities , Oil , Stocks to Buy “ConocoPhillips ( COP ) is not only my favorite integrated oil company, it is also on the short-list of my favorite stocks, period,” says Nathan Slaughter . The editor of Street Authority Market Advisor explains, “The company is raking in cash; the integrated oil giant pocketed $2.0 billion in net profits last quarter on $53.2 billion in revenues. “For all of 2010, earnings soared nearly 160% to $11.4 billion. That percentage gets cut in half when you exclude one-time gains and charges. Still, it’s a good time to be a shareholder. Continue reading ConocoPhillips (COP): Portfolio Anchor ConocoPhillips (COP): Portfolio Anchor originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Food Processor Archer Daniels Midland to Profit from Inflation

Filed in commodities, inflation, o, South African Gold, Spot Gold by on February 16, 2011 0 Comments
Food Processor Archer Daniels Midland to Profit from Inflation

Filed under: Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM) , Commodities Raw commodities like grains, sugar and cotton are skyrocketing in price. These raw foods are then processed for consumption. Archer Daniels Midland ( ADM ) is one of the world largest food processors. It processes corn into corn oil syrups, sweeteners, citric and lactic acid and ethanol. Soybeans are crushed into soybean oil and meal, Wheat is processed into flour and pasta. Cocoa is turned into chocolate and confections. It provides animal feed for farmers and meal for brewers. It has one of the largest distribution networks in the world. Continue reading Food Processor Archer Daniels Midland to Profit from Inflation Food Processor Archer Daniels Midland to Profit from Inflation originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Wed, 16 Feb 2011 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Royal Gold (RGLD): A Net Asset Value Buy

Filed in Bank Gold, commodities, gld, Gold, o, penasquito, Penasquito Mine, revenue, royal gold by on February 16, 2011 0 Comments

Filed under: International Markets , Newsletters , Mexico , Commodities , Stocks to Buy “Royal Gold ( RGLD ), a gold royalty operation, is progressing well, and is a good buy at current levels,” says global resources expert Adrian Day . The editor of The Global Analyst explains, “Over $6 a share income by 2013 makes Royal Gold fundamentally inexpensive; it is also selling below a reasonable net asset value, unusually for gold stocks. “The company hold a gold royalty on part of the huge Penasquito mine in Mexico, which had a good first quarter. Royal Gold has other new projects gearing up to boost revenues. Andacollo started production in October, so this year will see a full year of revenues from two new mines. Continue reading Royal Gold (RGLD): A Net Asset Value Buy Royal Gold (RGLD): A Net Asset Value Buy originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Wed, 16 Feb 2011 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Chinese Citizens Are Hungry for More Gold

Filed in commodities, Gold, Gold Prices, New Gold, o, silver, South African Gold by on February 16, 2011 0 Comments
Chinese Citizens Are Hungry for More Gold

Filed under: China , Commodities China is allowing its citizens to buy physical gold bars . This new program is unleashing an unbridled demand for the metal. The program works this way: The Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), China’s largest, sells the bars to customers at real-time prices. Persons who own the bars can resell them to the bank. To give you an insight into the magnitude of these sales, here are a few statistics. The ICBC sold 7 tons of bullion in January alone. In all of 2010, sales were only 15 tons. Continue reading Chinese Citizens Are Hungry for More Gold Chinese Citizens Are Hungry for More Gold originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Wed, 16 Feb 2011 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Gold, Silver, Copper, Nickel and the Slow Death of Money

Gold, Silver, Copper, Nickel and the Slow Death of Money

A huge opportunity to hedge against both inflation and deflation is lying out there in the open. There are no transaction costs and right now there’s even a built-in discount. But most people will never realize any of this. In 1933 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102, which made it illegal for U.S. citizens to hold gold bullion. Prior to that, the $20 bill was essentially a warehouse receipt for a one-ounce gold coin. Prior to the Federal Reserve Act of 1914, the $20 bill actually told you this. After Executive Order 6102, $20 notes weren’t allowed to be exchanged for gold anymore. Americans couldn’t legally own or trade gold as money and savings, only as jewelry or collectible coins. A year after making monetary gold ownership illegal, FDR revalued gold from $20.67 per ounce to $35 an ounce with the Gold Reserve Act. The Act also required all gold and gold certificates to be turned over to the Treasury. The dollar was debased. A chunk of the gold it used to be good for was legally removed. Instead of  “containing” 1/20 an ounce of gold, each dollar now only contained (or represented) 1/35 an ounce. And of course you couldn’t actually own the gold itself. In 1971 Nixon severed the last official ties between gold and the dollar. The dollar quickly sunk to its real value, which had been debased by years of money supply inflation. By 1975 Americans were allowed to own bullion gold again, but during the roughly 40 years bullion gold ownership had been illegal, the dollar had been drastically debased. At its former lowest point in the summer of 1980, the dollar …

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Brent Crude at $104 per Barrel on Spreading Mideast Unrest

Filed in commodities, Gold, Lear, New Gold, o, Spot Gold by on February 15, 2011 0 Comments
Brent Crude at $104 per Barrel on Spreading Mideast Unrest

Filed under: China , Middle East , Commodities , Oil When it comes to the biggest threat to world economies, oil scarcity is second only to nuclear war. What started in Tunisia, then spread to Egypt has now spreading to Bahrain and Iran, where protesters are clashing with police. In Iran, lawmakers are threatening death to protesters. The fear of chaos spreading across the Middle East has sent the oil market into overdrive. Brent crude traded at $104 per barrel Tuesday. Continue reading Brent Crude at $104 per Barrel on Spreading Mideast Unrest Brent Crude at $104 per Barrel on Spreading Mideast Unrest originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Tue, 15 Feb 2011 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Global Cotton Demand Outstrips Supply

Filed in AIG, commodities, New Gold, o, South African Gold by on February 12, 2011 0 Comments
Global Cotton Demand Outstrips Supply

Filed under: India , Market Matters , Commodities Years ago, I remember a conversation among cotton traders: “Cotton is a straight line mover. When it moves it shoots straight up and when it falls its like a stone. … If you ever get caught on the wrong side of cotton, you’ll lose your shirt.” Someday, traders will tell their grandchildren about the great cotton bull market of 2009 to 2011, and how they bought 100 contracts at 60 cents a pound in 2009 and saw the price go to $1.9455 per pound. They will talk for hours about how they made $1.34 per pound on each contract (each 1 penny equals $500). So they made 134 pennies on each contract at $500 per penny times the 100 contracts. They will ask their grandchildren to figure out how much money they made. “Grandpa, you made $6,700,000!” Continue reading Global Cotton Demand Outstrips Supply Global Cotton Demand Outstrips Supply originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Sat, 12 Feb 2011 11:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Commodity ‘Boom’ Boosts Rio Tinto (RIO)

Commodity ‘Boom’ Boosts Rio Tinto (RIO)

Filed under: International Markets , Newsletters , Rio Tinto plc ADS (RTP) , Commodities , Stocks to Sell “London-based Rio Tinto ( RIO ) is one of the largest and most diversified mining companies in the world; ith the potential to reward shareholders with increased dividends and share buybacks, Rio is a buy for investors seeking exposure to booming commodity markets,” says Paul Tracy . The editor of High Yield International explains, “Rio’s operations are located in Australia, North and South America, South Africa, Europe and Indonesia. Its strategy is to concentrate on the development of large, high quality mineral deposits and become a low-cost producer for each commodity. Continue reading Commodity ‘Boom’ Boosts Rio Tinto (RIO) Commodity ‘Boom’ Boosts Rio Tinto (RIO) originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 11 Feb 2011 10:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Corn Surges on Short Supply

Filed in AT T, Brazil, commodities, New Gold, o, South African Gold, ubs by on February 10, 2011 0 Comments
Corn Surges on Short Supply

Filed under: International Markets , China , Brazil , Market Matters , Economic Data , Commodities , Agriculture March corn futures jumped 24.25 cents a bushel on Wednesday to $6.98. Corn contracts have risen 97% since June. You may be wondering why all this activity in the corn market in the middle of winter. The answer lies in a USDA report that said corn supplies are dangerously low. In fact, they are near the record low set 15 years ago. What that means is that the corn stocks we have must last until our harvest starts in mid summer. Of the 12.4 billion bushels harvested last fall, we will have only 675 million bushels by Aug 31.To add more fuel to the problem, this new report is 9% lower than the USDA”s January projection, as reported in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required). Continue reading Corn Surges on Short Supply Corn Surges on Short Supply originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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