Surging greenback could help press pause on dollar-denominated commodities

Interest rates were increased by 50 basis points in an early-May Fed meeting, and there was strong insinuation the move would be followed by another hike of 50 points at the June meeting and perhaps several more later this year. Higher yield is attracting [...]

Winter storms ignite more volatility in natural gas

A series of winter storms across the country brought a record-shattering blizzard for New England states and travel headaches across the Midwest with thousands of cancelled flights. As areas of low pressure collided with a cold arctic mass across the U.S. in January, much [...]

Natural gas rig counts stabilizing

October’s early start to winter saw subfreezing temperatures and snow across the upper Midwest. Prices for natural gas have been trading sideways in the $3.00 to $3.30 range despite all lingering uncertainty due to COVID-19 recovery. EIA’s natural gas stocks report saw its first [...]

Crude oil stocks down after Hurricane Laura

The last week of August saw a pair of tropical storms hit the Gulf Coast states in what has already been an extremely active North Atlantic hurricane season. Tropical Storm Marco arrived first in eastern Louisiana near New Orleans, prompting evacuations and a closure [...]

Crude oil suffers setback

As states slowly begin the process of reopening, fears of a secondary outbreak of COVID-19 coupled with rising domestic crude oil inventories halted an energy price advance and sent prices lower. Brent crude prices fell this week by 5 percent, and WTI (West Texas [...]

Soybean oil prices crash under energy market tidal wave

Soybean values dropped additionally last week but nothing to match the price depreciation seen in soybean oil futures. The precipitous fall of nearby crude oil futures spilled into the rest of the edible oils complex, pushing soybean oil prices closer to $0.25 per pound. [...]

Dollar consolidates after correcting off multiyear highs

In the second half of March, the U.S. dollar index spiked to its highest levels since late 2002. The index corrected lower in a six-session slide, finding support near its 20-day moving average. Despite some contrarian views, the dollar clearly remains the world’s preferred [...]

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