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 we’ve identified, serve to forewarn us of the next possible bigger move. Here are the commodity markets which illustrate the changing bigger picture for them: UP Trending Futures Markets:  Corn, CBT Wheat, S&P 500 Index and Russell 2000 Index (New this week.) DOWN Trending Futures Markets:  Crude Oil, Copper, Natural Gas, Sugar, Coffee and Lean Hogs & Euro-FX 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...

Natural Gas Futures at Two-Year Low on Mild Weather

Natural Gas futures have fallen to lows not seen in two-years with mild weather and record production set to expand an already stockpile surplus. Natural Gas futures settled yesterday near $3.16 at the New York Mercantile Exchange yesterday. At this time, natural gas futures happens to be the worst performing market that makes up the 22 commodity futures markets in the Bloomberg Commodity Index as this futures market has dropped 9% only yesterday. Government data shows natural gas stockpiles 47B more than this time last year and actually “higher” than levels this time last year (not seen since January 2012). “With the anticipation of a cold winter boosting demand for natural gas waning, this market has yet to find a bottom,” said Kevin Riordan, director of research at Capital Trading Group in Chicago, sharing his fundamental analysis insight regarding the current natural gas futures situation. Riordan added, “The weather models now are confirming speculators outlook for demand.” After yesterday’s breakout lower, natural gas futures trend is down with no bottom yet in sight. Natural gas futures is a market I do not trade, but it is nice to know as consumers we should not be hit in the wallet like previous years – we’re pocketing even more of our earnings with another down-trending market. 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...

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 we’ve identified, serve to forewarn us of the next possible bigger move. Here are the commodity markets which illustrate the changing bigger picture for them: UP Trending Futures Markets:  Corn, CBT Wheat, KCBT Wheat, 10yr. T-Notes and S&P 500 Index (New this week.) DOWN Trending Futures Markets:  Crude Oil, Copper, Natural Gas, Sugar, Coffee and Lean Hogs & Euro-FX (Both 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...

Russian Shipment Slowdown Spikes Wheat Futures

Wheat futures is reflecting the plight of the Russian Ruble, it seems. Since the ruble is spiraling downward, increasing the costs for food items – mainly bread – the Russian government is taking measures to slow the release of grain from its ports, which in turn is sending wheat futures prices at the Chicago Board of Trade to wheat prices not seen since May. A Russian spokesperson stated today their country’s “main goal is to replenish the domestic market” and they are reportedly doing this by interfering with the certificates needed by grain buyers and sellers once sanitary inspections have been completed. At the same time, Russia’s president has warned his countrymen this current economic crisis could drag on for as long as two years, so this might provide a better understanding of their fight to ease sky-rocketing food prices. “It’s understandable for a sovereign nation to help stem food inflation,” said Jeff Evans, a Senior Broker and Vice-President of the Managed Accounts Division for RMB Group in Chicago, sharing his fundamental analysis insight regarding the current wheat futures situation. Evans added, “This current leg up in wheat futures has been due to the economic crisis they’re experiencing (in Russia). Fear and uncertainty always plays a big role in price spikes.” Wheat futures trend is up with no top yet in sight. I would prefer wheat futures to correct with a significant pull-back in price before getting back long, but I will look for other ways to enter as well. ALL COMMENTARY IS CONSIDERED OPINION & VIEWS FROM THE AUTHOR AND NOT A SOLICITATION OF ANY SECURITIES. THE RISK...

Corn Futures Strong as China Lifting Import Ban on GMO Corn

Corn futures remains at lofty levels after the Chinese government is said to have lifted its ban on genetically-modified corn. China has recently purchased 900,000 metric tons of corn in lieu of lifting this ban. A report today from the China National Grain & Oils Information Center claims their country has contracts for 15 cargoes of “dried distillers grain” for shipment between this month through the first quarter. China is now the largest buyer of this corn by-product otherwise known as “DDGS” – the result produced once starch has been stripped from corn for ethanol production use. “All eyes are watching how efficient the Chinese are in using this new product to their economy,” said Barb Levy, chief director for The Fox Group’s futures division in Chicago, sharing her fundamental analysis insight regarding the current corn futures situation. Levy added, “If this new product is useful to the Chinese, the sky is the limit to what they can do with US corn.” The trend for corn futures has been up since early October with no top yet in sight. I exited our long corn position one week ago today just before the monthly crop report in anticipation of the “December seasonal low” which hasn’t happened yet. I am still looking for a way back in the long side of corn futures. 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...