23 Feb

Natural Gas Inventory Report

in Blog, natural gas

Natural Gas inventories dropped 166 billion cubit feet with 2.6 trillion cubit feet in supply which is 40% higher than a year ago due to a very warm winter. Natural gad is currently trading at 2.60 down only 4 points in early trading.

23 Feb

What Does An Inverted Market Mean?

in Blog, commodity definition

A futures market where the nearer months’ contracts are more expensive than the distant months’ contracts. An inverted market occurs during periods of shortages. Typically, the further months are more expensive because the goods have the additional costs of insurance, storage, and interest costs incurred in borrowing funds to hold the commodities.Take a look at what has developed in  sugar prices in the last month with the March contract higher than all the back months due to demand.

23 Feb

Silver & Gold Rally Again In Early Trade

in Blog, copper, gold, platinum, silver

Precious metal futures today are higher with gold climbing another 6 dollars currently trading at 1,778 an ounce and hit a high of 1,786 in early trading. Silver futures have hit 4 month highs rising another 50 cents trading at 34.76 an ounce. Platinum futures hit fresh contract highs again today up over 6 dollars at 1,727 an ounce while copper futures are lower by 100 points in light trade.

22 Feb

When Do You Use Bull Call Spreads?

in Blog, Option strategies

                            When To Use A Bull Call Spread

22 Feb

When Do You Use A Bear Put Spread?

in Blog, Option strategies

Bear Put Spread

When to use:

If you think the market will go down, but with limited downside. Good position if you want to be in the market but are less confident of bearish expectations. The most popular position among bears because it may be entered as a conservative trade when uncertain about bearish stance.

22 Feb

Hogs Hit 3 Month High;Cattle Slightly Lower

in Blog, cattle, feeder cattle, hogs

 A quiet day in the meats today with feeder cattle finishing slightly lower at 158.25 down 35 points in a light trade while live cattle futures for April delivery were also lower by only 20 points to close around 130.95 a pound. Lean hogs for April made 3 month highs in early trading before some profit taking took place to settle higher by 50 points to close around 90.30 a pound.

22 Feb

Unleaded Gasoline & Heating Oil Hit New Highs

in Blog, crude oil, heating oil, natural gas, unleaded gasolne

Heating oil futures for March delivery hit fresh contract highs soaring over 300 points to close around 3.27 a gallon while unleaded gasoline was 150 points higher to close around 3.08 a gallon also hitting fresh contract highs.

22 Feb

Cotton Prices Lower Again

in Blog, cotton, energies, gold

Cotton Futures for May delivery continue their bearish trend ending lower by 200 points to close near 91.00 a bale and over 800 points from recent highs. This market is in the mid-range of the past month with a low of 84 and a high of around 100 and currently trading at 91. I think cotton will move higher with the grains; however as traders you want to find trending markets like gold, platinum, and the energies and go with the uptrend.

22 Feb

Wheat & Corn Higher; Soybeans Steady

in Blog, corn, oats, rough rice, soybeans, wheat

 The grain sector rallied into the close with wheat futures for March delivery higher by 9 cents to close around 6.42 a bushel but still stuck in a trading range. Corn futures rallied 8 cents to close around 6.41 a bushel with solid support around the 6.30 level in the May contract. The leader of the grains is the soybean complex which was lower today by 3 cents blamed on spreading with the other grains.

22 Feb

Lumber Prices Higher On Solid Housing Report

in Blog, lumber

 Lumber futures for May delivery rose nearly 600 points to close around 277.30 which now is only $10 away from making contract highs due to solid housing starts report which came out this morning. The housing market is still in the doldrums; however with an expanding economy lumber prices could continue to climb higher.

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