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Institutional investors pull back from commodity bets as the sector fails to deliver on its key appeal as an effective hedge against volatile stocks. Influential Calpers - which led the way into commodities a decade ago - leads the way out, pulling 55% of its holdings after years of losses. DBC flat Y/Y.
This just in, commodity prices are falling, writes technician Michael Kahn. The CRB index is lower now than when the Fed launched QE∞ in September, and down 18% over a roughly 2-year period. Though still in tight supply, the grains (JJG) are off 16% since late summer, and softs like coffee, sugar, and cocoa are in multi-month bear markets.
Corn has delivered the best 2012 performance of ten major commodities tracked by Bespoke: buoyed by strong Asian demand, its price has risen 17.3% YTD. Coffee has delivered the worst performance, declining 34.8% - expect that drop to provide a nice 2013 lift to the margins of SBUX, DNKN, and other coffee chains, as it becomes reflected in new contract prices. Oil is down 8%, its first annual decline since '08. 7 of the 10 tracked commodities are up on the year.
The commodity super cycle has entered has entered a "renaissance" period, says Goldman, in which prices may not go a lot higher, but markets in "backwardation" - near-term prices greater than those further out - will create the opportunity for "significant investment returns."
The commodity supercycle isn't over yet, writes Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, pointing to a contrarian RBA study arguing China's heavy consumption of key metals and oil is just getting underway. Consider how well the prices of these commodities have held up in 2012 despite slumping worldwide growth, especially in China. Toss in central banks printing away ... do you really want to sell commodities now? DBC +5% YTD.