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Agribusiness sector-specific exchange traded funds bounced Tuesday, rallying on a potential tie-up between Canada’s Agrium Inc (NYSE: AGU) and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc. (NYSE: POT). Among the best performing ETFs on Tuesday, the Global X Fertilizers/Potash ETF (NYSEArca: SOIL) rose 2.1% and the broader Market Vectors Agribusiness (NYSEArca: MOO) and PowerShares Global Agriculture Portfolio […]

As markets move toward the late-cycle phase of the normal business cycle, investors should look to areas like the materials sector and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). With the economy recovery maturing, the materials sector, which is closely tied to the prices of raw materials, have traditionally done well as inflation rises and late-cycle economic […]

Corn prices and the commodity-related exchange traded funds plunged Thursday on a double whammy of expanding stockpiles and increased planting despite an oversupplied market. The Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEArca: CORN) fell 5.0% Thursday as CBOT corn futures declined 4.5% to $3.505 per bushel. CORN is down 0.6% year-to-date and 18.6% lower over the past year. […]

Meteorologists are already anticipating a strong El Niño event that could last through early spring. As the weather pattern strengthens, some markets and exchange traded funds could be adversely affected. A team at Nomura, led by Rob Subbaraman, pointed to countries that will feel the most pain are those that are poor and import most […]

With the commodities super cycle hitting a rough patch, the agricultural sector and agribusiness-related exchange traded funds could continue to underperform as farmers try to cut costs. Over the past three months, the Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (NYSEArca: MOO) fell 6.2%, PowerShares Global Agriculture Portfolio (NYSEArca: PAGG) declined 8.4%, IQ Global Agribusiness Small Cap ETF (NYSEArca: […]

The bull market in U.S. stocks is approaching its sixth anniversary and the move to record highs has been great news for scores of broad market and sector exchange traded funds. The bull market has also made it easier to identify laggard sectors and the corresponding ETFs. One of the more egregious laggards has been […]

Agribusiness exchange traded funds could experience stunted growth as depressed grain prices squeeze farmers’ profit margins. Over the past year, the Market Vectors Agribusiness (NYSEArca: MOO) rose 7.7% and PowerShares Global Agriculture Portfolio (NasdaqGM: PAGG) increased 7.6% higher. U.S. farmers are beginning to cut back on farming equipment as the low crop prices and rising […]

The agribusiness industry and related exchange traded funds could continue to fall behind the broader market as U.S. farmers face a significant drop in income after a bumper crop year sent grain prices plummeting. Year-to-date, the Market Vectors Agribusiness (NYSEArca: MOO) is down 0.6% and PowerShares Global Agriculture Portfolio (NasdaqGM: PAGG) is up 3.5%. According […]

The fertilizer industry and related agribusiness exchange traded funds are showing improved fundamentals, with Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (NYSE: POT) raising its outlook for industry-wide shipments while supplies remain tight. Potash raised its projection for industry potash exports to 58 million metric tons, up from 57 million previously, as Latin American demand is expected to […]

With the economy picking up and the markets chugging along, exchange traded fund investors should begin to think about how inflation could affect their portfolios. “The big risk that is not being factored into stocks and bonds is inflation. You can’t have central banks around the world printing money the way they are and not […]

Recent headlines regarding potentially tainted beef for sale in supermarkets in the U.S. have surfaced, no less right before the official grilling season kickoff Memorial Day and this has us looking at a small and perhaps under-covered segment of ETPs. COW (iPath DJ-UBS Livestock Total Return Sub-Index ETN, Expense Ratio 0.75%) has been around since […]

A deal between potash producer Uralkali (URALL) and China may set a price floor for the recovery in the potash soil nutrient industry, along with related agribusiness exchange traded funds. Uralkali agreed cut its potash price to China by 24%, selling the soil nutrient for $305 per ton for the first half of 2014, Bloomberg […]

Agribusiness exchange traded funds found their footing after potash prices plummeted on low demand and growing supplies overseas. The Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (NYSEArca: MOO) increased 5.2% over the past month and the PowerShares Global Agriculture Portfolio (Nasdaq GIDS: PAGG) rose 5.6%. However, MOO is down 1.0% year-to-date while PAGG is off 4.7%. BMO analyst […]

As hints of spring have hit parts of the country in recent days while other metropolitan areas struggle with the bitterness of winter and in some cases blizzard conditions, a growing “niche” within ETFs that is undoubtedly tied to weather is that of “Agribusiness.” The Agribusiness sector really did not exist, not in compact investable […]

Exchange traded funds are only as good as their underlying holdings, and more fund providers are beginning to take a second look at their benchmarks. Recently, Van Eck Global, the manager behind Market Vectors, said it will swap out the index on its agribusiness ETF for an in-house benchmark. According to a press release, the […]

The drought conditions that plagued the U.S. this summer have spread to the related exchange traded fund Market Vectors Agribusiness (NYSEArca: MOO). Some of the agricultural companies that the ETF holds have been hit hard on their profit, resulting in a performance that lags the S&P 500, but analysts argue that fundamentals look ripe for […]

The Thanksgiving feast usually adds a few more pounds to the scale but this year it will also leave your wallet a bit lighter than usual. The cost of your Thanksgiving meal will rise this year following this summer’s historic drought, which has pushed agriculture and food prices higher as well as ETFs tracking these […]

Previously, investors who were interested in commodities had to set up a commodity brokerage account, invest in equity producers, or start prospecting, but now, the average retail investor can look for commodity exchange traded fund options. According to Liam Pleven for the Wall Street Journal, when investing in commodity ETFs, potential investors should keep in […]

Agribusiness exchange traded funds give investors exposure to the constant rise in food consumption, as populations multiply and emerging middle classes can afford to purchase more. Demographic shifts over the next 20 years support the case for the Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (NYSEArca: MOO). “MOO offers a serious way for investors to address these concerns. It […]

Farmland is beginning to look like prime real estate as land prices rise along with agricultural commodities. For the average retail investor, agriculture related exchange traded funds can provide exposure to the boom. Despite the worst drought in half a century that decimated what should have been a bumper crop year, farmland prices are rising […]

As the Federal Reserve extends its money printing spree to stimulate the economy, the extra cash sloshing around could eventually stoke inflation. However, investors can use commodity ETFs to help protect themselves against inflation and rising prices. Inflation can diminish or erase annual returns, but Jared Cummans for Commodity HQ points out that there are […]

Corn and agriculture ETFs aren’t the only sectors that could benefit from the worst U.S. drought in over five decades. “U.S. hog farmers are slaughtering animals at the fastest pace since 2009 as a surge in feed costs spurs the biggest losses in 14 years, signaling smaller herds next year and a rebound in pork […]

Soft commodities have surged on the worst drought in half a century, and now it is time for farmers and agribusiness exchange traded funds to capitalize on the higher prices. “Corn farmers are actually set to benefit from a 50% increase in the price of their crop,” Nikoleta Panteva writes in an IBISWorld study. “Corn […]

The most devastating drought in over 50 years has shriveled crops and lifted grain commodity exchange traded funds. However, some analysts argue that the worst is already priced in. “We’ve really gotten to the top end of the grain move,” Spencer Patton, Steel Vine Investments Founder and CEO, said in a Fox Business article. “If […]

The record heatwave has decimated crops across the U.S., and investors seeking to take advantage of rising grains prices may consider futures-based or equities-based exchange traded funds. Agriculture meteorologists expect the summer heat to keep pressuring crops in the southern and central Corn Belt as the U.S. crop growers suffer from the worst drought in […]

Consumer staples exchange traded funds are rated overweight by S&P Capital IQ, based on their defensive nature in volatile markets. The Eurozone debt crisis continues to loom and global growth is stagnating, which has led to stock markets that are uncertain at best. “The S&P Capital IQ Equity Strategy continues to recommend overweighting the S&P […]

We have mentioned rising food prices recently, which have been no doubt spurred on by the severe drought conditions throughout much of the Eastern and Midwestern parts of the United States. As would be expected, Agricultural linked ETFs such as PowerShares DB Agriculture (NYSEArca: DBA) which is made up of futures contracts which track commodities […]

ETF Spotlight on the Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (NYSEArca: MOO), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $5.2 billion. Objective: The Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF tries to reflect the performance of the DAXglobal Agribusiness Index, which follows companies involved in the agriculture business. Holdings: Top holdings include Monsanto (NYSE: MON) 8.7%, Potash Corp. (NYSE: POT) 7.3%, […]

Consumer staples are a defensive sector in uncertain markets, and focused exchange traded funds can hedge the latest global volatility. The S&P Capital IQ Strategy Team not only sees focused ETFs as a protective stance, but also one with dividend yield and growth potential. “There are 12 industry sub-industry indices in the consumer staples sector, […]

New exchange trade fund product launches from BlackRock have instigated more price wars among the ETF providers. Product developers continue to slash fees in an effort to attract interest, which benefits investors, who get to keep more of their returns. iShares, a leading exchange traded fund provider, has brought about 19 new funds to market […]