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:  Sugar DOWN Trending Futures Markets:  Copper 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 Spiral Lower as Cancer Linked to Meat

Lean hog futures have made an astounding free-fall lower over the last seven trading sessions after a health warning pertaining to processed meats was publicized in the media earlier this week. Hog futures are down another $1.77 per pound currently trading at $59.62 per CWT at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Hog futures were trading near $69 only last week, but the sudden drop in price is because of the perceived potential reaction to demand which has sent prices down almost $10 in such a short period of time. There are other circumstances that are attributed to the early decline of hogs such as a weaker domestic cash market, and USDA data showing record cold-storage pork inventories last month. “After multi-month highs the hog (futures) market has been hit with a triple whammy,” said Nicholas Medina, a futures and options specialist for Capital Trading Group in Chicago, sharing his fundamental assessment of the hog futures market. Medina adds, “The ‘trend is your friend until the end’ saying applies here as it looks like speculators and fund managers have just stopped buying.” The trend for hog futures has just rolled over to “down” today in my work. Before professionals can do anything with this hog futures market it might require some sort of temporary relief rally happening first – keep away from the free-falling dagger. 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...

Warmer Weather Forecast Sends Natural Gas Futures Spiraling

Natural gas futures have been in a free-fall for the past week and have spiraled to the lowest levels in the last 3.5 years once recently updated weather forecast models showed unseasonably warmer than usual temperatures in much of the country through the end of next week. Natural gas futures are down .085 cents today currently trading at $2.276 per btu at the New York Mercantile Exchange. The peak season for natural gas demand starts in November and lasts until March, but the outlook for natural gas speculators is bearish as there may be less demand for the product. Fueling this speculation is the view that the Energy Information Administration’s storage report due for release tomorrow is expected to show a build-up of 75B cubic feet through week ending October 23rd. “This year’s weather has been abnormally warm in much of the country, and natural gas (futures) prices have reflected this last spring as well,” said Kevin Craney, Director of Managed Futures at RJO Futures in Chicago, sharing his fundamental assessment of the natural gas futures market. Craney adds, “With inventory levels expected to reach a record amount by the end of this month, it will be a plus for consumers hopefully throughout winter.” Natural gas futures trend is down with no bottom yet in sight. It will take much for natural gas futures to change direction, it seems, at this point – however, the weather does change without notice… 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...

Wheat Futures Extend Gains Off Disappointing Start

Wheat futures saw higher prices as the news of the domestic wheat crop is making a far worst-than-expected start than was thought due to dryness. Wheat futures extended gains from yesterday before closing a cent-and-a-half lower near $5.075 at the Chicago Board of Trade. The USDA recently rated the US winter wheat crop in good or excellent condition at 47% which was well below the 55% anticipated rating. The low ratings which were worst than others include Arkansas (26%), Colorado (38%), Missouri (34%), Oklahoma (31%), and Oregon rated the lowest at only “8%” amongst all winter wheat variety growing states. “These USDA figures hit the wheat (futures) market as a complete surprise,” said Gerry Plotkin, a Senior Market Strategist for R.J. O’Brien in Chicago, sharing his fundamental assessment of the wheat futures market. Plotkin adds, “Apparently drought is lingering on in America’s heartland, however there’s still about 20% more wheat to be planted so we shouldn’t read to much into this single report.” The trend for winter wheat futures is mixed – soft-red variety still in a technical down-trend, while hard-red variety barely hanging on to its uptrend – so both at a crossroads. Before getting involved with wheat futures at this time I would suggest a clearer picture to unfold. 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:  Lean Hogs, Sugar, Gold, Copper, Silver & Japanese Yen DOWN Trending Futures Markets:  Kansas City Wheat  (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...