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ELEMENTS S&P Commodity Trends Indicator ETN (LSC)

  • Jul. 9, 2012, 10:42 AM
    A check of commodity performance (DBC) in H1 shows agricultural commodities (DBA) the top performer, despite steep falls in coffee (JO) and cotton (BAL), as the drought sends grains (JJG) soaring. Leading on the downside are the economically sensitive energy (JJE) and industrial metals (JJM) sectors.
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  • Jun. 28, 2012, 1:19 PM
    Investors are currently cautious on commodities, but expect better performance and a higher exposure to the sector over the coming year, finds Credit Suisse in a survey of institutional players and family offices. The difficulty now is the high correlation with equities - typically a selling point for commodities is their ability to deliver when stocks don't.
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  • Jun. 13, 2012, 2:20 PM
    BHP Billiton (BHP -0.2%), a natural resources bellwether as the world's largest miner, cuts its outlook for commodities prices over the next 3-5 years, FT reports, a move likely to cement the view that the decade-long commodities supercycle on the back of Chinese growth has peaked. BHP has already signaled greater discipline in its plans to invest ~$80B in new projects.
  • May. 14, 2012, 3:48 PM
    Continued strength in the dollar weighs on commodities, sending the CRB Index -1.2%, its fifth straight loss and eighth in nine sessions. Crude oil -1.3% at $94.76/bbl, natural gas -3.2% at $2.43 per MMBtu, gold -1.4% at $1561.10/oz., silver -1.9% to $28.35/oz. CRB is now -5.5% YTD, trading at its lowest level since Aug. 2010 and below its 10-year average price of 289.3.
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  • Sep. 26, 2011, 10:12 AM
    The powerful uptrend line from the 2008 bottom in commodities and commodity currencies have both been broken at the same time, notes Barclays technical guru Jordan Kotick. It suggests to him the post-2008 recovery is over.
  • Aug. 8, 2011, 1:11 PM
    Commodity prices get slammed as economic fears intensify with some metals breaking through what is seen as important technical levels. Any current projections for commodity prices now need to be wadded up and be given a fresh macro look. Leading the downward spiral: Steel SLZ -7.4%, Copper JJC -7%, Tin JJT -6%.
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  • Jun. 3, 2011, 3:50 AM
    A sudden China slowdown could trigger a 75% plunge in commodity prices, S&P says. While it's unlikely China is in a bubble, it's "difficult to overstate the significance of China's presence" in global commodities markets, S&P says.
  • May. 6, 2011, 5:25 PM
    If the commodities bubble really is popping, that may not change the forecast for food - as grain traders are watching weather instead of tickers, and fundamental investors may see agriculture as "the odd one out, the attractive one in the bunch."
  • May. 5, 2011, 1:38 PM
    Checking in on the great commodities fire sale (or, if you prefer, "blood bath"): the CRB index down 4.1%. Silver (down 7.8%) leading PMs downhill: gold -2.7% to $1,474.70, platinum -2.6%; copper -3.3%. Crude is falling the most the in two years, -6.7% on NYMEX to $101.98. Natgas -6% to $4.302. About the only signs of life: lean hogs up 0.5%, and ethanol's flat.
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  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7:42 AM
    A draft OECD report suggests commodity prices haven't been rising because of speculators, but because global demand is growing faster than supply. The report could accelerate efforts to boost global output of commodities, and deflect criticism that the Fed's QE2 is stoking inflation.
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CTI ELEMENTS are designed to track the performance of the S&P Commodity Trends Indicator - Total Return. The index is comprised of 16 commodity futures contracts divided among six commodity sectors. The Index is designed to capture trends within commodity markets by setting its sector groupings long or short each month based on price signals.
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