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Stretched Supply Chains Spur Commodities Prices Higher

Nov. 01, 2021 3:10 PM ET
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  • With two months of the year remaining, the S&P GSCI is up 46.3% YTD, the index’s best performance over the first 10 months of a calendar year in its 30-year history.
  • A perfect storm of catalysts from delayed production increases, strong global demand, and logistics issues were still very much in play in global energy markets.
  • Strong import demand, poor spring wheat harvests, and an export duty imposed by Russia have heightened expectations of relatively tight global wheat supplies this season.
  • U.S. pork exports to China have fallen for the last three months, while record pork prices in the domestic market are having a negative impact on per capita consumption.

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By Fiona Boal

The S&P GSCI, the broad commodities benchmark, rallied 5.8% in October. Performance was solid across sectors, with energy-related commodities continuing to outperform and grains and metals regaining some of their recent weakness. With two months of

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