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Commodities

Commodities rally offers trading opportunity

Monday 16th May 2011

Mike McCudden, Head of Derivatives at Interactive Investor (www.iii.co.uk), gives his thoughts on the last week of trading and looks ahead to what we can expect this week...

Commodities still long-term bet for investors

Wednesday 30th March 2011

As rising inflation causes concern for savers, commodities and natural resources have been gaining attention as an attractive option for equity investors...

Investors sell gilts amid inflation concerns

Tuesday 8th March 2011

More and more investors report selling gilts, as inflation has overtaken recession as their top financial fear, according to a barometer of investor priorities from financial marketing specialists dianomi...

Xstrata full year profits jump 86%

Tuesday 8th February 2011

As rising demand in emerging markets pushed up commodity prices, mining company Xstrata said its full-year profits have risen 86 percent on stronger prices for most of its commodities...

Australian Storm signals Sugar Shortage as Crops Ruined

Monday 7th February 2011

Following Tropical Cyclone Yasi ripping through Australia’s northern Queensland, a region which grows a third of the country’s sugar cane, the storm could potentially cut output in the area by about 50 percent and drive up prices to 30-year highs...

UK offshore drilling activity falls 9%

Tuesday 25th January 2011

Offshore drilling on the UK Continental Shelf dipped by 9% during 2010, according to the latest oil and gas industry figures released by Deloitte...

Is gold another bubble waiting to burst?

Thursday 11th November 2010

As gold prices continue to rise, Paul Duncombe, Head of Multi-Asset Investment Solutions at Schroders, considers what next...

Cotton prices rise over China fears

Thursday 28th October 2010

Fears that cold weather could damage the cotton crop have seen the price of the raw material soar. The fibre on Monday hit US $1...

Investors eye Bordeaux vineyards for 2009/10 stock

Wednesday 27th October 2010

Bordeaux is alive with activity at the moment as the 2010 vendange comes to an end. Michael Baynes a co-owner of Maxwell-Storrie-Baynes the vineyard specialists, said: "We are hearing considerable optimism from the vineyard owners with respect to the 2010 vintage both in quality and volume of the harvest...

Drilling activity drops 20% but exploration up

Monday 18th October 2010

Offshore drilling in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) has fallen by 20% during the third quarter of 2010, compared to the same period last year...

High grain prices boost agriculture outlook

Friday 17th September 2010

Agriculture stocks have rallied in recent weeks, prompted by adverse growing conditions in Eastern Europe, Russia's ban on grain exports and BHP Billiton's approach for Potash Corp...

Gold Demand up 36pc in Q2, says WGC

Wednesday 25th August 2010

Demand for gold during Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis saw the precious metal soar 36 per cent in the second quarter as investors bought bullion-backed funds such as ETFs which sent prices surging, according to the producer-funded World Gold Council(WGC)...

Oil price at six week low

Monday 23rd August 2010

As high U.S. inventories and a lack of hurricane activity in the Gulf of Mexico countered a weaker dollar, oil stayed close to a six-week low below $74 a barrel...

US Oil Supply Falls

Tuesday 17th August 2010

U.S. oil inventories probably fell to a one-month low last week as imports tumbled, according to a survey for Bloomberg News...

Gold hits 7-week high as equities fall

Monday 16th August 2010

Gold rose to its strongest in more than a month today as pessimism about the global economic recovery sparked buying from investors...

USDA forecasts fall in global wheat supply

Friday 13th August 2010

The outlook for world wheat production has been hit after the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) revised down its crop forecast for Russia, saying global production would be 15...

Cocoa investor corners market

Tuesday 20th July 2010

A hedge fund manager has reportedly cornered a large piece of the world's cocoa market after buying 240,000 tonnes of cocoa beans...

Mining sector digs boom

Friday 28th May 2010

The beginning of 2009 saw commodity prices continuing to fall globally, tough price negotiations with customers and challenging market conditions...

Oil and Gas index up 20% in 2010

Monday 24th May 2010

Ernst & Young’s Oil and Gas Eye index ended the first quarter of 2010 with an impressive gain of 20%...

Longer-term fundamentals look compelling for miners

Wednesday 19th May 2010

A fundamental shift from debt to equity in the global mining and metals industries has been highlighted by Lee Downham, head of mining and metals, UK & Ireland, at Ernst & Young...

Metals prices prompt rise in thefts

Monday 22nd March 2010

By Mike Jones Rising metals prices have triggered an increase in copper wire theft. Thousands of homes have been left without phone or internet connections as thieves steal copper cable...

Barings bullish on global outlook for commodities

Thursday 18th March 2010

By Mike Jones In light of China’s continued focus on infrastructure expansion, Jonathan Blake, manager of Baring Asset Management’s Baring Global Resources Fund has increased the fund’s weightings in base metals from 43% at the end of December to 48% by the end of February, with a particular focus on bulk commodities such as iron ore and copper...

Barclays Wealth advises to remain overweight equities

Thursday 4th March 2010

By Mike Jones Barclays Wealth is suggesting a shift back towards traditional money market instruments...

Small yet plentiful is name of game in metals deal-making

Monday 1st March 2010

By Mike Jones The steep fall in metals deal value continued in 2009 with total value charting a course which took it back to below levels last seen in 2003...

Year of survivor and opportunist in mining sector - PwC

Friday 26th February 2010

By Mike Jones In 2009 mining M&A saw significant decreases in values and also changes in the characteristics of buyers and sellers...

Oil rises above USD 80 a barrel

Tuesday 23rd February 2010

By Mike Jones Oil prices rose to US $80 dollars a barrel in New York yesterday. Supply worries triggered the rise - with striking French oil workers and tensions over Iran's nuclear programme the two key issues...

Further turbulence expected for AIM's oil and gas companies

Friday 19th February 2010

By Mike Jones Ernst & Young’s oil and gas eye index made further gains over the fourth quarter of 2009, ending the quarter up 6%, with 38% of the companies in the oil and gas eye universe posting share price gains...

Longer term fundamentals look positive for mining

Wednesday 17th February 2010

By Mike Jones Following a turbulent 2009 for the mining and metals sector, 2010 will be a year characterised by a greater focus on capital allocation, more innovative deal financing strategies, a continuation of equity raisings, including IPOs and further investment from strategic funds in Asia, according to Ernst & Young’s mining and metals sector transactions report, 2009: the year of survival and revival...

Energy prices predicted to soar

Tuesday 16th February 2010

By Mike Jones A significant spike in energy prices has been predicted by the Industry Taskforce for Peak Oil and Energy Security...

ICAP to expand OTC oil broking activities

Tuesday 16th February 2010

By Mike Jones Interdealer broker ICAP has announced new activities in OTC crude oil. Nour Beyhum, previously head of crude oil and options at ICAP Energy will, subject to the receipt of relevant regulatory approvals, develop a new OTC crude oil and refined products broking business based in London...