Commodities

  • Thanks to the weak rand these commodity shares are set to rocket
  • The rand started out 2017 at 13.78, and quickly strengthened to R12.42 in mid-March. This would've negated strengthening commodity prices world-wide. The price of copper, ferrochrome, gold and aluminium all rose during 2017. But - fortunately for South African producers of these commodities the rand weakened yet again, now trading in the R14 range. And that means all of these commo... ››› more
  • [01 November 2017]
  • How the world's fastest growing car producer is shaking up the commodities market
  • The revolution in electric vehicles set to upturn industries from energy to infrastructure is also creating winners and losers within the world's biggest commodities markets. When Tesla first passed Ford's market cap, it was a big deal. The bigger news came later, when the electric automaker passed General Motors. Now Tesla's technological revolution in electric cars has paid off again.... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • Why the commodities super cycle is over for now
  • It doesn't seem that long ago when the prices of commodities were hitting the lights out. But the commodities super cycle is definitely over for now. So why were commodities doing so well? And what's changed? Let's take a closer look… The recovery of commodities   Back in 2000, prices of commodities hit historically cheap levels. Take zinc. When you adjust its price for i... ››› more
  • [30 November 2015]
  • Copper: Why this commodity has further to fall
  • Commodity prices are at multiyear lows. It's hard to find a commodity which is thriving in the current climate. One commodity to stay clear of at the moment is copper. If the charts are anything to go by, this metal still has a long way to fall. Let's take a closer look at what could lie in store for the metal… Don’t underestimate how far copper could fall   The price of c... ››› more
  • [27 November 2015]
  • The commodity bull will return
  • Commodities have had it tough over the last few years. As the Thomson Reuters/CoreCommodities CRB Commodity Index shows, from 2011, commodities are down around 48%. The vast majority of commodities are sitting at lows not seen in years. But this doesn't mean commodities won't recover. The sector is cyclical. And this means is will recover at some stage. Let's take a closer look… W... ››› more
  • [20 November 2015]
  • Why you can't ignore this commodity or the profit opportunities it holds
  • Commodities have had it hard over the past few years. The vast majority are struggling not to sink lower in price. But there is an exception. And this is cocoa. Cocoa is rising in value. And it looks like it has a lot further to rise. Let's take a closer look…   The case for cocoa   Have a look at the chart below showing the performance of different commodities over the... ››› more
  • [18 November 2015]
  • Why you shouldn't think about buying copper any time soon…
  • Copper has had it tough along with the majority of other commodities. Copper is facing a number of issues which are impacting demand. And it doesn't look like things are going to change for the better over the next couple of years. Let's take a closer look… What’s happened to the price of copper?   The price of copper is back to where it was trading six years ago, as you c... ››› more
  • [04 November 2015]
  • Could commodities finally be bottoming out?
  • There's no disputing that commodities have been on a sustained bear trend for the past few years. This is thanks to a number of factors, including an economic slowdown, particularly in China, and a glut of oil. This has led the CRB Commodity Index to fall some 47% since 2011. But things could be changing…   Investors were slow reacting to the fall in commodities   Looki... ››› more
  • [03 November 2015]
  • What's going on with the dollar?
  • The US Federal Reserve hasn't raised interest rates since June 2006. That's nine and a half years ago. Last month, chairwoman of the Fed, Janet Yellen, announced the Federal Open Market Committee's decision to delay a rate hike once again due to worries about the global economic recovery. So what does a weaker dollar mean? Let's take a closer look… The dollar fell as US jobs data ... ››› more
  • [07 October 2015]
  • Business confidence slides to a multi-decade low
  • Yesterday, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) revealed that business confidence in the country hit a 22 year low last month. So what's causing business confidence to continue to fall? Let's take a closer look… Business confidence plunged to 81.6 Last month, business confidence sunk to hit “its lowest level since the end of apartheid,” reports Fin24. Thi... ››› more
  • [07 October 2015]
  • Want to start trading? You'll need to decide what to trade first…
  • Short-term trading can be very profitable. You can potentially make money from the rises and falls in the price of many different assets. So if you want to give trading a go, the first thing you need to decide is what you're going to trade. Here are your options… Trading option #1: Shares This is perhaps one of the most common forms of trading. Using a wide variety of trading t... ››› more
  • [02 October 2015]
  • Time to buy this caffeine-fuelled commodity?
  • If you like to trade commodities, you'll know there's more to trading commodities than gold and oil. There are other commodities like grains, cotton and sugar. Another commodity you can trade is coffee. And the price of coffee looks like it could be ready to rally. Read on to find out more about this trading opportunity… Why coffee could be about to soar At the moment, futures tra... ››› more
  • [01 October 2015]
  • Shares in Glencore plummet over 25% as worries grow over commodities prices
  • Yesterday, shareholders in Glencore watched in amazement as shares plunged over 25% in London and Johannesburg. The fall continued this morning in Hong Kong, where shares shed over 27%. So what's going on with Glencore? Let's take a closer look… Shares in Glencore bounced higher following yesterday’s fall This morning, shares in Glencore [JSE:GLN] climbed back over 5% in ear... ››› more
  • [29 September 2015]
  • Three risks facing your investments and how to deal with them
  • The last few weeks have seen extreme volatility on global markets. It's been hard work for both investors and traders to cope with what's been going on. The Volatility Index hit levels not seen in six years. So what are the risks facing your portfolio at the moment? And how can you deal with them? Read on to find out… Investment risk #1: China In June, the Chinese stock market ... ››› more
  • [18 September 2015]
  • How to start investing in commodity stocks
  • It's no secret how bad commodities have had it over the past few years. Rock bottom prices means that stocks are also trading at multi-year lows. So are there investment opportunities in commodity stocks? Read on to find out… Why investing in commodity stocks could be a great long term bet The commodities sector has had it tough. The vast majority of commodity stocks have been und... ››› more
  • [14 September 2015]
  • What Bloomberg and News24 won't tell you about the JSE
  • It's been too long. Too long, since we've seen the markets make new highs. And it's not been easy for trend tradertimon bw.jpgs to make profits, not only in South Africa, but also across the world. I'm sure by now you're starting to be a little frustrated with the way things are moving. And you have every right to be. But we need to remember this. The market goes through different environment... ››› more
  • [03 September 2015]
  • What's behind the plunge in commodities?
  • The financial markets have certainly been on a rollercoaster ride over the past month or two. This includes the drama around Greece nearly defaulting and receiving yet another bailout; the crash of the Chinese stock market; and the fall in global markets this week as investors worry about how state of the Chinese economy. These events haven't helped the performance of commodities. Their down... ››› more
  • [26 August 2015]
  • How gold helped fund Marko's European holiday - even as the gold price dipped 8%
  • If you've been reading the news for the past month or so, you'd have seen the significant drop in the gold price. If you'd invested in gold at the beginning of 2015, you'd be 8% down now. In fact, gold has dropped almost 10% is the past month alone. Not to mention, the gold companies on the JSE have taken a huge knock due to the decreased gold prices. So, many gold-loving investors are curr... ››› more
  • [28 July 2015]
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