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ELEMENTS Rogers International Commodity Agriculture ETN (RJA)

  • May 27, 2011, 3:05 PM
    A decision is expected within days on whether Russia will lift its ban on grain exports. Deputy PM Zubkov, expecting a bumper crop, says "there is a large probability" the embargo will be lifted. Domestic traders have been accumulating cheap product in the hopes the ban will be lifted and they can sell it overseas at far higher prices.
    | May 27, 2011, 3:05 PM | Comment!
  • May 19, 2011, 8:05 AM
    Wheat's march back towards early 2011 highs near $9/bushel is aided by ongoing drought in Europe, causing repeated cuts in production forecasts. With stocks of all grains near record lows, a weather event could trigger an explosive move this year. JJG +8.0% this week.
    | May 19, 2011, 8:05 AM | 6 Comments
  • May 18, 2011, 10:48 AM
    Commodities are green across the board, regaining some of their recent lost ground. Of particular note is copper, which jumps $0.14 in less than 24 hours, pulling Freeport McMoRan (FCX +3.5%) off of levels it hasn't seen since October.
    | May 18, 2011, 10:48 AM | 1 Comment
  • May 13, 2011, 10:05 AM
    A reversal in capital flows due to the end of QEII is likely to be the cause of the next leg down in commodities, argues UBS. Emerging markets, no longer needing to print domestic currency to sweep up dollars, will see a lending boom end. UBS is getting long greenbacks, long bonds, short commodities, short EM shares.
    | May 13, 2011, 10:05 AM | 6 Comments
  • 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 6, 2011, 5:25 PM | 5 Comments
  • May 3, 2011, 4:22 PM
    The folks at Glencore are the commodity experts and the fact that they want to sell says a lot, argues Jonathan Barrat, who believes the IPO is late to the party. Glencore certainly doesn't need a bull market in resources to make money, but it's hard to imagine them selling if commodities weren't such a hot item.
    | May 3, 2011, 4:22 PM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 18, 2011, 4:20 PM
    In a sign of the commodity frenzy, a Hong Kong limo company attempts to remake itself, bidding for 2 money-losing Australian mining operations. "The absolute peak of an industry," says a Melbourne fund manager who owns shares in one of the miners.
    | Apr. 18, 2011, 4:20 PM | 2 Comments
  • Apr. 14, 2011, 9:22 AM
    An adviser to the Bank of Korea calls for rates to be raised to at least 4% to combat inflation (currently running near 4%) and put a check on rising household debt. What is the state of the world when even a hawkish voice isn't calling for positive real rates? Gold hovers near record levels at $1,460/oz.
    | Apr. 14, 2011, 9:22 AM | Comment!
  • Apr. 8, 2011, 12:22 PM
    With QEII making the Fed the marginal buyer of Treasuries, its ending means Bernanke will soon have to hike interest rates in order to attract real money buyers, says Don Coxe. This will put strain on a financial system unable to handle it. Commodities will benefit, as will the loonie, "the new Swiss franc."
    | Apr. 8, 2011, 12:22 PM | 6 Comments
  • Apr. 8, 2011, 7:42 AM
    It's another wave of green across the commodity sector, with gold hitting a new record, silver crossing $40/oz, and WTI crude threatening $112/barrel. No particular news, but the greenback sinking across the board has something to do with it. Premarket:UUP -0.5%.
    | Apr. 8, 2011, 7:42 AM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 7, 2011, 9:27 AM
    The China Securities Journal expects monetary policy to remain tight in the face of inflation likely to rise above 6% later this year. Current deposit rates are 3.25%, making it more sensible to spend, speculate in shares or houses, or stockpile cotton and copper rather than save. Of course, China has its ways of holding down reported inflation.
    | Apr. 7, 2011, 9:27 AM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 6, 2011, 7:48 AM
    Expanding its product team by 1/3 and setting up a trading office in Shanghai, Citi (C) gets set for continuation of the commodity boom. "People are looking at commodities as an asset class for diversification," says an asset manager (unsure if that quote was from yesterday or 2008).
    | Apr. 6, 2011, 7:48 AM | Comment!
  • Apr. 6, 2011, 7:35 AM
    Rising along with the entire commodity group, gold touches another record, currently at $1,458/oz. "Unrest [in MENA] and the debt crisis in eurozone peripherals, coupled with the weak U.S. dollar and still loose monetary policy of western central banks, are fueling price speculation," writes Commerzbank.
    | Apr. 6, 2011, 7:35 AM | Comment!
  • Apr. 4, 2011, 9:53 AM
    Josh Brown wonders if the coming IPO of commodities giant Glencore won't signal the top in the commodity boom in the same way that the IPO of Blackstone (BX) nearly marked the peak of the private equity/LBO "orgy." Glencore will sell a $10B sliver of itself around the end of April.
    | Apr. 4, 2011, 9:53 AM | Comment!
  • Mar. 10, 2011, 10:47 AM
    The aussie falls more than 1% to below parity with the greenback as worries about the Chinese growth on which Australia depends come to the front. A sizable move, but barely a blip on the aussie's powerful run since last summer. FXA -1.0%.
    | Mar. 10, 2011, 10:47 AM | Comment!
  • Mar. 10, 2011, 9:15 AM
    The FDIC doesn't see a credit problem in agriculture right now, although the steep rise in farmland prices in recent years could lead to one in the future, says FDIC chair Sheila Bair at a risk-management symposium with the National Agricultural Credit Committee.
    | Mar. 10, 2011, 9:15 AM | Comment!
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This offering is designed to track the performance of the Rogers International Commodity Index – Agriculture Total Return, an index designed to provide investors with exposure to commodities in the agriculture sub-sector.
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