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 […]

Quick. Guess two of the top-performing non-leveraged exchange traded products over the past month. Biotechnology or regional bank ETFs would make for logical guesses, but also incorrect guesses. In somewhat quiet fashion, agriculture commodities ETFs have been soaring. Over the past month, the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Grains Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: JJG) and the […]

Corn futures and the Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEArca: CORN) are in the midst of a gloomy stretch that has seen the former plunge 46% over the past two years and the latter shed almost 37% over that period, but the commodity could be ready for stronger showings. Soft commodities have rebounded over the past week, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Even with gold’s two-year fall from grace, exchange traded funds backed by the yellow metal are among the largest commodities funds. For example, the The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and the ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) hold over $35 billion in combined assets under management while agriculture […]

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 bursting out of the gates to start 2014, some agriculture exchange traded products have spent the better part of the past seven months in tailspins. The PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund (NYSEArca: DBA), which surged in the early part of this year, is now up just 5.9% compared to a 10.2% gain for the S&P […]

The Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEArca: CORN) saw a modest intraday pop after the USDA unexpectedly lowered its 2014 corn crop yield forecast. The USDA lowered its 2014 corn forecast to 173.4 bushels per acre from last month’s outlook of 174.2 bushels per acre. Traders expected the USDA to say corn yields would check in at […]

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 […]

Gold is a component in an array of investment ratios, most notably the gold/silver ratio, or the measure of how many ounces of silver it takes to buy one ounce of gold. The gold/corn ratio is undoubtedly one of the less heralded gold ratios, but commodities investors ought to listen to what this ratio is […]

Like so many exchange traded products with exposure to agriculture commodities, the Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEArca: CORN) has spent significant time this year trying investors’ patience. From the start of the year, CORN and the commodity it tracks were vilified by commodities traders as the ETF slumped 25.4% through the end of the third quarter. […]

With the U.S. dollar strengthening and global growth concerns lingering, the commodities market have stumbled. Nevertheless, traders can still find some opportunities, but they will have to target single commodity-specific exchange traded funds. The PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC), the largest commodity-related ETF and tracks a broad basket of the 14 most […]

A rough year for some commodities exchange traded funds got even more tumultuous in September as gold sank and investors scurried out of a spate of commodities ETFs. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

It has been a rough year for some soft commodities exchange traded products. Strip out the stellar performances offered by the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return Sub-Index ETN (NYSEArca: JO) and the iPath Pure Beta Coffee ETN (NYSEArca: CAFÉ), and the agricultural/soft commodities complex looks even more glum. Despite drought conditions in some parts […]

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 […]

A bumper crop year across the U.S. agricultural belt will keep soft commodity exchange traded fund prices depressed. Year-to-date, the Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEArca: CORN) has declined 14.9% and Teucrium Soybean Fund (NYSEArca: SOYB) fell 4.7%. Meanwhile, the PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund (NYSEArca: DBA), which tracks a group of agricultural commodity futures, including corn 9.4% […]

After dragging through one of their worst months since May 2012, the commodities market and related exchange traded funds can still find some pockets of strength as seasonal trends start kicking in. The PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC) dipped 4.2% over the past month while the iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust (NYSEArca: GSG) […]

Issuing a bad omen for commodity-related exchange traded funds, the World Bank believes precious metals, oil and soft commodity prices are set to drop. Broad commodity ETFs have underperformed the broader market this year, with the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC) flat, the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: […]

After a dismal showing last year, the Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEArca: CORN) gave investors hope that 2014 would be different with an impressive that last from early January through late April. Those hopes have been dashed, at least for the time being as CORN has plunged 22% since April 29, entering a bear market in […]

With a favorable weather outlook over the U.S. corn belt, the maize-related exchange traded fund has been plunging over the past month as traders anticipate a potential bumper crop year. The Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEArca: CORN) has declined 6.7% over the past month and fell 14.1% since its April 29 high. Corn futures have dipped […]

Heading into Friday’s session, the S&P 500 looks poised to close May in fine form. The benchmark U.S. index is residing near all-time highs and is sitting on a May gain of almost 2%. Those are impressive accomplishments in any month, but even more so in May. The fifth month of the year marks the […]

Agriculture and soft commodities exchange traded products have been the best-performing commodities ETPs this year and that trend could be set to continue due to extreme weather conditions around the world. Some agriculture ETFs saw increased inflows last week as weather forecasts highlighted the increasing probability of El Nino. “Last week the Australian Bureau of […]

Nearly 160 exchange traded products are up at least 10% this year, according to a Finviz screen. That works out to almost 10% of the entire U.S. ETP universe and nearly 16% of those ETFs have something in common: Exposure to agriculture, livestock or soft commodities. A drought in Brazil and a harsh winter in […]