Agriculture

Cocoa-related exchange traded notes surged Monday as the El Nino phenomenon fueled abnormal weather patterns across the globe and added to crop concerns in top cocoa growers across the Ivory Coast. On Monday, the iPath Bloomberg Cocoa Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: NIB) gained 3.8% and iPath Pure Beta Cocoa ETN (NYSEArca: CHOC) rose 3.3% […]

China’s economy may be slowing but the country’s appetite for sweets is not. The strengthening demand has helped support sugar prices and commodity-related exchange traded products for a third day. On Friday, the iPath Bloomberg Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: SGG) gained 1.3% and Tecrium Sugar Fund (NYSEArca: CANE) rose 1.8%. Since the Tuesday […]

Commodities have been down in the dumps this year as a strengthening U.S. dollar and slowing global economy weigh on demand. Consequently, exchange traded products linked to the raw materials have been among the worst performers of 2015. For instance, a natural gas-related exchange traded note and exchange traded fund are at the bottom of […]

While most commodities continued to weaken Monday, livestock-related exchange traded notes strengthened on potential tighter supply in the spring and summer season ahead. On Monday, the iPath Bloomberg Livestock Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: COW) was up 1.5%, UBS E-TRACS CMCI Livestock Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: UBC) rose 3.4% and iPath Pure Beta Livestock ETN […]

The strong El Nino weather pattern has helped sweeten sugar prices and related exchange traded products, with commodity traders at their most bullish in seven years. Over the past three months, the iPath Bloomberg Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: SGG) gained 29.7% and the Tecrium Sugar Fund (NYSEArca: CANE) rose 18.6%. ICE Sugar #11 […]

Record high temperatures in October may be a prelude to a strengthening El Nino weather pattern, potentially leading to opportunities in the commodities space and related exchange traded products. Last month was the hottest October since records have been kept in the past 136 years and the eighth record-breaking month so far this year, reports […]

While the broader commodities market has been retreating in the face of a stronger U.S. dollar, sugar futures and related exchange traded funds jumped Tuesday. On Tuesday, the iPath Bloomberg Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: SGG) rose 4.5% and Teucrium Sugar Fund (NYSEArca: CANE) gained 4.8%. Over the past three months, SGG increased 24.1% […]

Sugar prices and commodity-related exchange traded products are rallying toward a nine-month high as El Nino added to concerns about harvests and energy producers soaked up supply to produce ethanol. On Tuesday, the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Sugar Total Return Sub-Index ETN (NYSEArca: SGG) rose 2.7% and Teucrium Sugar Fund (NYSEArca: CANE) gained 1.0%.  Over the […]

While the commodities market has been tanking, cocoa-related exchange traded notes have been strengthening this year, and with potential weather concerns across west Africa, the largest supplying region in the world, cocoa prices may have more room to run. Cocoa is one of the few commodities that has increased this year. Year-to-date, the iPath DJ-UBS […]

Commodity exchange traded funds may want to take note of what happened during the last strong El Niño weather pattern. In the last El Niño during the late 1990s, Pacific Ocean water temperatures hit their highest, and now, water in some areas are within 0.9 degree Fahrenheit of previous highs, reports Lucy Craymer for the […]

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: […]

Meteorologists have extended the El Niño weather pattern outlook, potentially signalling greater disruptions to global crops and further support for soft commodities-related exchange traded funds. Over the past month, the Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEArca: CORN) jumped 11.1%, Teucrium Soybean Fund (NYSEArca: SOYB) gained 4.6% and Teucrium Wheat Fund (NYSEArca: WEAT) rose 6.0%. Additionally, the diversified […]

Investors can utilize exchange traded funds to target specific commodity opportunities as the commodities market begins to show greater divergence among its various components. Over the past three months, the broader commodities market has been turning around. For instance, the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC) rose 2.3% and iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds closed out the second quarter on a positive note. However, U.S. stocks still experienced their worst first half to a year since 2010 as interest rate hike speculation, slowing economic growth and the continued Greek volatility weighed on investments. The Nasdaq Composite gained 4.7% and the S&P 500 […]

Poor weather conditions continue to delay harvests and raise concerns about the quality of the crops, fueling a surge in wheat futures and related exchange traded fund. The Teucrium Wheat Fund (NYSEArca: WEAT) jumped 2.2% Monday on heavy trading, with mid-day volumes at over five times the daily average. WEAT rose 12.3% over the past […]

Volatile weather conditions across the U.S.Midwest are disrupting the normal planting season and supporting a rebound in soft commodities related exchange traded funds. Grains have fallen off this year as ample supply has kept pressure on agricultural commodities. Year-to-date, Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEArca: CORN) fell 12.3%, Teucrium Soybean Fund (NYSEArca: SOYB) declined 6.5% and Teucrium […]

Commodities and related exchange traded funds have underperformed equities and fixed-income markets over the past few years, but investors should not ignore the benefits of including some exposure to diversify their portfolios. The broad commodities market has been falling behind. Year-to-date, the GreenHaven Continuous Commodity Index Fund (NYSEArca: GCC) dipped 4.8%, PowerShares DB Commodity Index […]

The El Niño weather pattern is officially back, and commodity exchange traded funds, notably those that track agricultural products, could enjoy a nice boost as dry conditions weigh on the supply outlook. El Niño describes a period of warming sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific, which typically causes heavy rains and floods in South America and […]

With the real currency depreciating, Brazilian farmers are dumping harvests on to the global markets, putting further pressure on the coffee prices and related exchange traded notes. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return Sub-Index ETN (NYSEArca: JO) declined 4.6% Monday while the iPath Pure Beta Coffee ETN (NYSEArca: CAFÉ) decreased 2.8%. Year-to-date, JO fell […]

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 […]

Exchange traded notes that track coffee bean prices remain this year’s best performing commodity asset. However, the fundamentals are shifting as rainfall relieves a drought stricken Brazil, the world’s largest coffee producer. Year-to-date, the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return Sub-Index ETN (NYSEArca: JO) and iPath Pure Beta Coffee ETN (NYSEArca: CAFÉ) have surged 37.8% […]

The corn exchange traded fund is gaining momentum from its October lows as U.S. exports rise and China opens its market to GMOs. The Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEArca: CORN) has increased 21.6% since the October 1 low. CORN is now trading near $27.5, a few cents short of its $27.7, or 38.2%, retracement of the April […]

After a broad correction at the start of the month, the equities market and stock exchange traded funds have pared earlier losses and is finishing out October with a bang. Over the past month, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.9%, the Nasdaq Composite increased 3.1% and he S&P 500 added 2.1%. The best performing […]

We recently covered Teucrium’s largest ETF by asset size in this piece, CORN (Teucrium Corn Fund, Expense Ratio 2.75%), which has been on the move throughout the month of October on heavier than average trading volume, now trading at its highest levels since the late August/early September time period. WEAT (Teucrium Wheat Fund, Expense Ratio […]

In response to the bumper crop year, rising oil output and slowing global demand for raw materials, commodity exchange traded funds experienced their largest monthly outflows this year. In September, commodity ETFs experienced $1.05 billion in outflows, the largest monthly withdrawal since December, and saw more money redeemed for commodity-backed ETFs for the month than […]

After touching new highs, the broad equities market and stock exchange traded funds ended September on a more solemn note, weakening on geopolitical tensions and the Federal Reserve’s inclination toward monetary tightening. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.3% over the third quarter. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite increased 2.5% and the S&P 500 added 0.9%. […]

As Africa grapples to contain the deadly Ebola virus, cocoa prices and related exchange traded notes are rising on fears that an outbreak will disrupt the world’s largest producer. The iPath DJ-UBS Cocoa TR Sub-Index ETN (NYSEArca: NIB) was up 2.3% Friday while the iPath Pure Beta Cocoa ETN (NYSEArca: CHOC) rose 2.2%. Over the […]

The coffee market and related exchange traded notes have experienced wild swings this year as a drought ravaged Brazilian crops, the largest producer in the world, and prices have further room to jump higher as crop conditions could be worse than many fear. Coffee has been the best performing agricultural commodity this year, with the […]

Slowing global growth has stifled demand for raw materials, pushing down commodity-related exchange traded funds to multi-year lows, with one broad commodity index trading near a five-year low. The PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC) has declined 7.5% over the past three-months and is hovering around its lowest since September 2010. Additionally, the […]

Despite a persistent drought in California, the largest agriculture state in the U.S., record harvests in other parts of the country are chasing investors from agriculture exchange traded funds and exchange traded notes (ETNs). Agriculture ETFs were beloved by investors through the first quarter and into the early part of the second quarter as uncooperative […]