Commodity Markets Blog Posts

December 18, 2015 by Matt McCracken
On January 13th of this year, I wrote a post called Great Day to Buy Oil? It wasn't the lowest close in oil in Q1 but darn close to it. And it turned out to be a great day to "trade" oil on the long side as it shot up over 31% in the next five...Read more
May 29, 2015 by Matt McCracken
This morning, Yahoo!Finance reports that Bloomberg reported that almost $1B has been withdrawn from USO, the biggest U.S. exchange-traded fund that tracks the price of oil, over the past couple of months . The article makes two points that are both...Read more
March 19, 2015 by Matt McCracken
The USD is declining precipitously against marjor trading partners after the FED said something or didn't say something. Maybe they added a word or took out a word and somehow with a flick of a butterfly's wings, the USD is acting like the US is a...Read more
January 2, 2015 by Matt McCracken
Armenia joined the Russian-led trade bloc that previously included Belarus and Kazakhstan. While these countries may seem insignficant in most sectors of the worldwide economy, Kazakhstan is actually very signfigant in one small but important market...Read more
December 22, 2014 by Matt McCracken
The crashing Russian Ruble has been the big story line from the past couple of weeks. From here, there are only two options for the currency. Continue to crash on its way to zero or breakout out of the parabolic downtrend and rebound. While the...Read more
USO performance dispersion
July 24, 2014 by Matt McCracken
The strong performance of commodities since the end of the tech bubble has attracted quite a lot of interest and assets under management to the space. Prior to 1999, there were virtually no public funds trading commodity futures on US exchanges (...Read more
June 25, 2014 by Matt McCracken
This morning bean prices are ticking slightly upward on news inventories are depleting. How low are bean inventories? From Bloomberg.com: U.S. soybean reserves on June 1 were probably 382 million bushels, the smallest for that date since 1977,...Read more