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S&P GSCI gained 2.1% in June

London, 3 July 2014

The S&P GSCI gained 2.1% in June for a YTD performance of 5.7%. Agriculture was down 7.1% in June. Cocoa enjoyed increased demand from China and was the only positive commodity in the sector, up 2.1%. Corn and Chicago wheat were the worst-performing commodities in the sector, down 9.4% and 9.7%. Like sugar, they suffered due to surpluses. Corn prices continued to plummet after a USDA report showed large corn stock amid an outlook for a record domestic crop. Some farmers have switched to soybeans after the price of corn slumped from its record in 2013.

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S&P Dow Jones Indices Introduces Dow Jones Commodity Index

New York, 1 July 2014

S&P Dow Jones Indices (SPDJI) has introduced today the Dow Jones Commodity Index which is designed to serve as a broad-market commodity index with diversification and liquidity as its intrinsic characteristics. The Index may be used as a well-diversified, core beta exposure, or as a simple building block for customizable indices or product creation. The Dow Jones Commodity Index will serve as a complement to the S&P GSCI® – the first investable commodity index and its family of indices.

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Ah, the Power of Mean Reversion

San Antonio, 21 June 2014

The chatter this week has been gold. The precious metal flew up $45 an ounce on Thursday, surprising investors, the media and markets alike: U.S. Global Investors.

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World Bank Lowers Projections for Global Economic Outlook

Washington, 10 June 2014

Developing countries are headed for a year of disappointing growth, as first quarter weakness in 2014 has delayed an expected pick-up in economic activity, according to the World Bank's Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report, released today.

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KKR buys into China pork producer

Source: Financial Times, 6th June 2014

Private equity house invests about $150m in China state-owned Cofco, joining other international investors, as China redraws agribusiness landscape

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Cargill could do better, declares new chief

Source: Financial Times, 12th May 2014

MacLennan looks to quit businesses where Cargill has a small presence, to take on risk and to invest where the group could be a market leader

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Cargill seeks fresh recipe for success

Source: Financial Times, 12th May 2014

Investments, from a 65m bird-a-year chicken processor in China to the purchase of Australia’s top malt producer, have failed to boost lacklustre returns

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CFTC Issues Notice of Temporary Registration as a Swap Execution Facility to ICAP Global Derivatives Limited

Washington DC, 10 May 2014

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) today approved the application of ICAP Global Derivatives Limited (IGDL) for temporary registration as a swap execution facility (SEF). IGDL is a private limited company registered in the United Kingdom and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ICAP Holdings (UK) Limited, a private limited company registered in the United Kingdom.

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EPA eyes fracking chemicals disclosure

Source: Financial Times, 9th May 2014

Proposed regulations would mainly affect companies that make chemicals for hydraulic fracturing, including Dow Chemical, DuPont and BASF

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Commodities favoured in portfolio rotation

Source: Financial Times, 29th April 2014

After several years of poor performance investors are warming to commodities.

Helped by the return of volatility, strong returns and declining correlations with other asset classes, money has started to trickle back into the sector.

After a record $50bn of net redemptions in 2013, total inflows into passive index tracking and commodity-linked exchange traded funds this year have so far totalled just over $6bn, according to research by Citigroup. Agriculture, energy and bullion funds have led the way.

 

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