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  • Aug. 12, 2013, 12:26 PM
    • The grain pits party after the USDA lowers its corn production estimate to 13.76B bushels - still a whopper of a number, but off from 13.95B in July. Ending stocks are cut to 1.837B bushels.
    • Bean production is cut to 3.255B bushels from 3.42B as acres planted are cut 500K and yield is lowered to 1.9 bushels/acre.
    • No change is made to the wheat production estimate, but 25M bushels of extra exports cuts ending stocks by the same amount.
    • December corn erases a sizable early loss, now up $0.15 to $4.69/bushel. CORN +1.5%.
    • SOYB +3.4%, WEAT +0.3%.
    • Grain ETFs: JJG +1.8%, GRU +2.5%.
    • Other related: JJA, RJA, AGF, DBA, FUD, UAG, DAG, AGA, ADZ, JJS, TAGS, USAG, RGRA.
    | Aug. 12, 2013, 12:26 PM | 4 Comments
  • Jul. 25, 2013, 7:55 PM

    Goldman Sachs makes the case for holding commodities as a strategic move. On Brent crude, the market should be well supplied in H2 as significant non-OPEC supply comes online and weak Chinese trade data signals relatively weak demand. Gold prices should decline to $1,050/oz. by year-end 2014 given a less accommodative Fed. Potash producers will maintain discipline and good margins despite falling crop prices.

    | Jul. 25, 2013, 7:55 PM | 11 Comments
  • Jun. 28, 2013, 1:00 PM

    Corn (CORN -3.9%) crumbles after the USDA estimates farmers planted 97.379M acres - the most since 1936 and far ahead of estimates for just 95.431M acres. The number of acres to be harvested, however, fell to 89.135M from 89.5M projected 2 weeks ago, and stocks of 2.764B bushels are below expectations of 2.845B. Bean (SOYB -0.5%) acreage is estimated at about an inline 77.28M acres - the most ever. DBA -1%.

    | Jun. 28, 2013, 1:00 PM | 10 Comments
  • May 15, 2013, 11:38 AM

    Agricultural commodity prices (DBA) could fall a big 13% over the next year, says Goldman, predicting bumper crops across the globe. With weak demand and a record South American harvest (CORN, SOYB, WEAT) already in the books, it would require a major weather shock in the U.S. to keep prices near current levels. Earlier: Deere tumbles as poor weather slows U.S. planting progress.

    | May 15, 2013, 11:38 AM
  • Apr. 26, 2013, 4:24 PM
    The week's ETF movers - Gainers: TAN +14.6%. XHB +6.2%. OIL +5.5%. USO +5.5%. PHYS +4.4%.
    ETF Losers: VXX -5.8%. GAZ -5.3%. UNG -4.5%. DBA -1.0%. EPI -0.4%.
    | Apr. 26, 2013, 4:24 PM
  • Apr. 25, 2013, 3:19 PM

    The flow of key farm products (DBA) to the world from North and South America, highlighted by congestion at Brazilian ports and limited selling of crops by U.S. farmers, will keep global grain supplies tight despite expectations for big harvests later this year, Bunge (BG +6.5%) says after its Q1 report showed a 16% jump in agribusiness sales to $10.77B.

    | Apr. 25, 2013, 3:19 PM
  • Apr. 12, 2013, 3:01 PM

    It's "death bells" for commodities, says Citigroup, calling 2013 the year in which it's realized the commodity supercycle is over and a new era in which the relative performance of how "stuff" performs against each other and other assets is what matters. Specifically on oil, Citi calls Q1's move higher without merit and expects the recent downtick in prices to continue.

    | Apr. 12, 2013, 3:01 PM | 70 Comments
  • Apr. 8, 2013, 10:22 AM
    Speculators exited long commodity positions last week at the fastest pace since 2008, according to the CFTC. Of particular note is the quickest decline in agricultural holdings (DBA) ever, led by an exiting of corn (CORN) positions as the price dropped about $1/bushel.
    | Apr. 8, 2013, 10:22 AM
  • Feb. 14, 2013, 10:28 AM

    Agricultural commodities continue an underreported slide, with J.C. Parets noting corn is down for the 10th consecutive session. Earlier this week, the USDA estimated farm income in 2013 will be the highest in 40 years thanks to high prices. A weak harvest has little impact thanks to the use of crop-insurance programs. DBA -5.2%, CORN -4.4% YTD.

    | Feb. 14, 2013, 10:28 AM | 2 Comments
  • Feb. 8, 2013, 6:17 PM
    The week's ETF movers - Gainers: VNM +4.3%. FCG +2.3%. BNO +1.7%. UUP +1.4%. TLT +1.4%.
    ETF Losers: FXI -4.7%. EPI -4.2%. GDXJ -3.3%. KOL -3.3%. DBA -2.7%.
    | Feb. 8, 2013, 6:17 PM
  • Feb. 8, 2013, 3:40 PM

    Beans (SOYB -2.6%) tumble as stronger Brazilian production has the USDA upping its forecast for ending stockpiles by a greater-than-expected 1.1% to 60.1M tons. Estimated corn (CORN -0.5%) inventories are raised 5% to a 632M bushels, but it's not enough to send prices lower as the level remains the lowest in the U.S. since 1995.

    | Feb. 8, 2013, 3:40 PM
  • Jan. 11, 2013, 12:13 PM

    The inaugural midday release of the USDA's January crop report doesn't disappoint, with corn reversing early losses and now sharply green as Dec. 1 stocks come in at 8.03B bushels vs. expectations of 8.21B. Ending stocks are estimated at a slim 602M bushels vs. expectations of 667M. Beans are down after production came in higher than expected. Wheat jumps on lower-than-anticipated planted acres.

    | Jan. 11, 2013, 12:13 PM
  • Jan. 3, 2013, 9:19 AM

    The grains continue a tough post-U.S. harvest run with news today of China cancelling another order - this one 11.6M bushels of American beans. In the meantime, better weather is improving prospects for South America's crops. Beans -1.1%, Corn -0.7%, Wheat -0.2%.

    | Jan. 3, 2013, 9:19 AM
  • Dec. 21, 2012, 3:34 PM
    Not benefiting yet from QE∞ are commodities, the PowerShares Ag Fund (DBA) and Commodity Tracking Fund (DBC) both peaking right at the time of the Fed's September announcement. Since then, they're off 6-8%, and YTD badly lagging the S&P.
    | Dec. 21, 2012, 3:34 PM | 3 Comments
  • Dec. 21, 2012, 11:59 AM

    Brazil’s government go-ahead for Petrobras (PBR -3.6%) to raise its gasoline prices in early 2013 likely will raise demand for domestically produced sugar-based ethanol, but effects also could reach U.S. shores. Ethanol output in the U.S. is expected fall ~10% next year, and a robust export market could give Brazilian mills even more incentive to produce ethanol instead of sugar.

    | Dec. 21, 2012, 11:59 AM | 4 Comments
  • Dec. 4, 2012, 5:57 PM
    Phosphorus: The finite supply of it is why Jeremy Grantham predicts a grim future for much of the world's population. As production of the critical ingredient for fertilizer drops, so will crop yields, which will threaten the ability to feed the world's population. Grantham thinks the finite supply of fertilizer and limits of crop yields already are starting to affect food prices.
    | Dec. 4, 2012, 5:57 PM | 6 Comments
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The PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund is based on the Deutsche Bank Liquid Commodity Index Diversified Agriculture Excess Return™ and managed by DB Commodity Services LLC. The Index is a rules-based index composed of futures contracts on some of the most liquid and widely traded agricultural commodities. The Index is intended to reflect the performance of the agricultural sector. You cannot invest directly in the Index. Ordinary brokerage commissions apply.
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