Performance of Commodity Sub-Groups

by: Barry Ritholtz

Mike Panzner takes a look at the Commodity Research Bureau Index for 2007.

This year, it's up 16.6%.

Given all the headlines about near-$100 oil, people might naturally assume the best-performer among the six sub-groups is energy. That would be wrong.

In fact, the grains are the king of commodities during 2007. That sub-group, which includes wheat, corn, and soybean futures, has outpaced the CRB index by 34.61%, around twice that of the energy complex.

Performance of CRB Sub-Groups Relative to CRB Index (2007):

CRB % Thru
Sub-Group 12/26/07
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Grains 34.61
Energy 17.19
Precious Metals 6.33
Industrials 0.31
Livestock -15.24
Softs -18.52

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