Schad Commodity’s Weekend Report: An Insider’s View of the Next Big Market Move

Once each week, usually on Friday evenings, we update our personal weekly commodity trading charts and review them for changes in “net long” or, “net short” holdings between the big commercial commodity traders, large speculators, and the usually uninformed public. This is our professional analysis of “the bigger picture” and current dynamics for each market which provide a spyglass view of the BIG commercial traders and what they are currently doing to influence the futures markets. As you may already know, insider trading with stocks on Wall Street is very illegal. However, in the commodity trading industry, large/commercial traders MUST report their positions EACH WEEK to the CFTC regulatory body, hence, we monitor them on a weekly basis. Although the futures markets themselves will ultimately provide the most accurate illustration of trend, these (weekly) charts that we have identified, serve to forewarn us of the next possible bigger move. Here are the commodity markets which illustrate the bigger picture changing for them: UP Trending Futures Markets:  NASDAQ Index, Corn, and S&P 500 Index DOWN Trending Futures Markets:  Crude Oil, Gold, Silver, British Pound, Euro-FX, Copper and Japanese Yen (New this week.) ALL COMMENTARY IS CONSIDERED OPINION & VIEWS FROM THE AUTHOR AND NOT A SOLICITATION OF ANY SECURITIES. THE RISK OF LOSS IN TRADING COMMODITY INTERESTS CAN BE SUBSTANTIAL. YOU SHOULD THEREFORE CONSIDER WHETHER SUCH TRADING IS SUITABLE FOR YOU IN LIGHT OF YOUR FINANCIAL...

Wheat Futures Higher on Frost Concerns in US & Black Sea Region

Wheat futures have climbed to a one week high today when it was learned freezing weather may damage winter wheat varieties in the Black Sea growing region and may have affected crops here in the US. The US is the world’s biggest exporter of wheat, yet it is only the US’s fourth biggest cash crop behind corn, soybeans, and “hay.” A USDA report recently showed domestic winter-wheat crop conditions deteriorated in the week ending November 23rd, and snow cover in the Russian wheat growing region is forecasted to remain “limited” for the next couple of weeks – leaving the crops vulnerable to cold snaps. Nicholas Medina, a futures and options specialist for Capital Trading Group in Chicago, shared his fundamental view regarding the current wheat futures situation, “Wheat (futures) prices seem to be fluctuating based solely on exports and weather.” Medina added, “Supply is still plenty, but if the weather persists we can expect wheat futures to grind higher.” The trend for wheat futures is still in a newly emerged up trend, with hard-red winter wheat turning up only today (in my study). I am looking for more upside with wheat futures into early next year. ALL COMMENTARY IS CONSIDERED OPINION & VIEWS FROM THE AUTHOR AND NOT A SOLICITATION OF ANY SECURITIES. THE RISK OF LOSS IN TRADING COMMODITY INTERESTS CAN BE SUBSTANTIAL. YOU SHOULD THEREFORE CONSIDER WHETHER SUCH TRADING IS SUITABLE FOR YOU IN LIGHT OF YOUR FINANCIAL...

Farmers Reported to Reduce Planting Due to Spiraling Cotton Futures Prices

Cotton futures may be finding support in the not-so-distant futures if the Int’l Cotton Advisory Committee’s assessment is correct. They say the current five-year low in cotton (futures) “will prompt farmers world-wide to reduce planting” and of course, by interrupting the cotton production process, cotton (futures) prices, by default, will rise and benefit the farmers once again. The executive director of the committee has already expressed these sentiments by stating at a cotton industry conference held in Mumbai today that “the impact of lower (cotton) prices is already evident in planting intentions in the Southern Hemisphere including Brazil.” Here in the US, the USDA is said to estimate the world’s largest consumer of cotton, China, will cut-back on their imports from both India and the US. Kevin Craney, Director of Managed Futures at RJO Futures in Chicago, had this to say regarding the current cotton futures situation, “Cotton farmers seem to be in a major competition to off-load their (cotton) supply.” Craney added, “Eventually, once the process of declining cotton prices, lost revenue for the farm – some farmers even going out of business is played out, cutting back on cotton production is a certainty as part of the process.” Cotton futures trend is down with no bottom in sight. I had been short cotton futures coming into today for the second time in the past week, but have been stopped out today. I still anticipate cotton futures to breakout lower to the lower .50c range soon. ALL COMMENTARY IS CONSIDERED OPINION & VIEWS FROM THE AUTHOR AND NOT A SOLICITATION OF ANY SECURITIES. THE RISK OF LOSS IN...

Schad Commodity’s Weekend Report: An Insider’s View of the Next Big Market Move

Once each week, usually on Friday evenings, I update my personal weekly commodity trading charts and review them for changes in “net long” or, “net short” holdings between the big commercial commodity traders, large speculators, and the usually uninformed public. This is my professional analysis of “the bigger picture” and current dynamics for each market which provide a spyglass view of the BIG commercial traders and what they are currently doing to influence the futures markets. As you may already know, insider trading with stocks on Wall Street is very illegal. However, in the commodity trading industry, large/commercial traders MUST report their positions EACH WEEK to the CFTC regulatory body, hence, I monitor them on a weekly basis. Although the futures markets themselves will ultimately provide the most accurate illustration of trend, these (weekly) charts that I have identified, serve to forewarn us of the next possible bigger move. Here are the commodity markets which illustrate the bigger picture changing for them: UP Trending Futures Markets: NASDAQ Index, Corn, CBT Wheat and S&P 500 Index (New this week.) DOWN Trending Futures Markets: Crude Oil, Gold, Silver, British Pound, Euro-FX and Copper (New this week.) ALL COMMENTARY IS CONSIDERED OPINION & VIEWS FROM THE AUTHOR AND NOT A SOLICITATION OF ANY SECURITIES. THE RISK OF LOSS IN TRADING COMMODITY INTERESTS CAN BE SUBSTANTIAL. YOU SHOULD THEREFORE CONSIDER WHETHER SUCH TRADING IS SUITABLE FOR YOU IN LIGHT OF YOUR FINANCIAL...

Hog Futures Heading for Biggest Annual Gain Since 2010

Hog futures traded at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange have risen as high as 7.5% year-to-date, heading for the biggest gain in four years. Hog futures are currently trading at $0.9040 cents per pound, down $1.25 from yesterday’s close. This year there have been reportedly five-million fewer hogs sent to slaughter so far, which in turn has reduced the number of whole hams sent to market. To help compensate for the reduced number of hogs (for hams), pork producers have fattened-up the animals by 17%+ to increase the size of the hams to be offered as “half-hams” once at the grocery stores. “With the (hog futures) price increase we have seen, producers are doing all they can to put weight on the animals,” stated Kevin Riordan, director of research at Capital Trading Group in Chicago, sharing his fundamental analysis insight regarding the current hog futures situation. Riordan adds, “As the tale goes, however, the best antedate for high meat prices is “high meat prices.” We should see a seasonal high in hog futures after the holidays.” The trend for hog futures is newly emerged as up. I was in-and-out of hog futures earlier today attempting to buy them on a drop in price which started earlier this week. ALL COMMENTARY IS CONSIDERED OPINION & VIEWS FROM THE AUTHOR AND NOT A SOLICITATION OF ANY SECURITIES. THE RISK OF LOSS IN TRADING COMMODITY INTERESTS CAN BE SUBSTANTIAL. YOU SHOULD THEREFORE CONSIDER WHETHER SUCH TRADING IS SUITABLE FOR YOU IN LIGHT OF YOUR FINANCIAL...