Category Archives: Commodities

Crude Oil Continues Falling at 6 year lows in Jan2015

Houston, Texas: US Crude oil prices fell on Thursday after weak US economic data spurred worries over crude oil demand. The US crude declined $2.23, or 4.6 percent, to settle at $46.25 a barrel. Brent crude was last down $1 to trade around $48 a barrel. Early in today’s trading session, US crude moved higher, breaking above $50 a barrel on a fall in the dollar. And very interestingly, the US crude also briefly traded at a premium to Brent, rather than the discount it normally sustains, as the Brent front-month contract traded in its last day before expiry.  Read More >>

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Jobs: Junior Broker for Alternative Investments, London

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As a broker your role will entail: Discussing investment opportunities. Identifying clients with investible funds and discuss current holdings and investments. Junior Brokers will refer warm leads to Senior Brokers to close business. Senior Brokers will receive warm leads to close. Continue reading

Investment Notes for Year 2013

The year 2012 was positive for both investing and trading across the four different markets of USA, UK, India, and China. Each market started the year 2012 at a relatively low level and closed the year 2012 at nearly the high point of the year. Across the global markets, the year 2012 rewarded investments in undervalued stocks, and the capital flows and market movements in 2012 have given a good indication about to expect in 2013 and 2014, and what industries and stocks are good candidates to invest in while the global economy and business climate improve gradually. Read More…

US Natural Gas Fired Power Consumption Hits Record High from the U.S. Department of Energy shows the nation’s energy sector used a record amount of natural gas-fired generation this past February, reports Reuters.

Consumption from natural gas power plants rose 34 percent from a year before in February, as prices lingered at a 10-year low and many utilities began to switch away from coal-fired generation in response to tightening environmental standards.

Through April 10 of this year, the gas-fired power plants consumed an average of 5 billion cubic feet per day more than over the same period last year, Arun Jayaram from Credit Suisse told the news source. Even Southern Company, which traditionally has relied on coal-fired power plants more than most utilities, saw coal fall below natural gas consumption. Continue reading

New Copper ETFs Are In Demand

Copper ETFs are set to be the next big thing in commodities trading. Latest estimate says that China will triple its consumption of copper to 20 million tons by 2020. China will account for 49% of world copper sales by then. With ETFs getting active, copper price is going to be bullish in the coming months. Base metals analysts have predicted that copper price might rise by 50% to $12,000 a metric ton in the next 12 months.

Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, and BlackRock are leading investors behind new Copper ETFs that would trade on leading stock exchanges like NYSE, while investors derive prices from LME copper index and comex copper futures.

There are already a few Copper ETFs listed across exchanges in the USA, like:

  • First Trust ISE Global Copper (NASDAQ: CU)
  • Global X Copper Miners ETF (NYSEArca: COPX)
  • iPath DJ-UBS Copper (NYSEArca: JJC)

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