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Commodity Research and Reports

Time to move some money to stocks from commodities?

New York, 13 May 2011: Reuters

Commodities have lost their luster for leading investment strategists on fears that global economic growth, particularly Chinese demand, may be lower than previously expected. Instead, they are recommending investing in large-cap U.S. companies whose earnings have historically varied less through economic cycles. That includes defensive areas such as household products and utilities but also some technology and industrial companies.

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Dow Jones Indexes sees rise in passive commodities exposure

Geneva, London, 13 May 2011: Reuters

Passive, long-only commodities investment as a shelter from extreme volatility on futures markets has found new popularity, an executive director at Dow Jones Indexes told Reuters.

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Oil volatility, froth and crowded trades

London, 13 May 2011: Reuters

Most analysts have downplayed last week's sudden drop in oil prices and reiterated or even raised their bullish forecasts for the remainder of the year.

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Commodity price margins: art, science or politics?

New York, 12 May 2011: Reuters

Recent nerve-shattering hikes in the amount of money exchanges require to trade commodities have stoked concerns over an often overlooked cornerstone of managing risk in futures markets: setting effective margins.

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Commodity markets wobble

London, 6 May 2011: Reuters

Like other humans, market participants and journalists are programmed by evolution to search for patterns and causations to help make sense of the chaotic and often arbitrary nature of events. The bout of cross-market liquidation spreading across commodities in the last 24 hours will send everyone scurrying to identify a specific trigger.

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Asia's growth to cool as inflation heats up

Singapore, 4 May 2011: Reuters

Soaring food and energy prices may temper Asia's economic outlook this year, putting central bankers in a tight spot as they try to cap inflation without choking off growth, Reuters polling data shows.

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Glencore targets $11 bln as IPO draws big guns

London, 4 May 2011: Reuters

Top commodity trader Glencore sought a strong debut for this month's share offering, capping planned proceeds at $11 billion and placing 31 percent with key investors led by Abu Dhabi. The world's largest diversified commodities trader set a 480 to 580 pence per share price range for the London initial public offering (IPO). That values it at 36.5 billion pounds ($60 billion) at the mid-point, which is below the price some analysts say the company is worth, and was seen as an attempt to leave something on the table.

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Diversification matters... but not for risk

London, May 2011

EDHEC-Risk Institute: Since the global financial crisis of 2008, improving risk management practices— management of extreme risks, in particular—has been a hot topic. The post-modern quantitative techniques suggested as extensions of mean-variance analysis, however, exploit diversification as a general method.

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Gulf gets taste of recovery one year after spill

Louisiana, 21 April 2011: Reuters

A year after the worst U.S. offshore oil spill swamped the Gulf coast with petroleum and misery, officials on Wednesday declared the hard-hit region reborn. It is still too early to know the long-term damage to the Gulf's rich and complex ecosystem. But, so far, predictions made at the height of the spill of an impending environmental Armageddon appear well overstated.

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FTC and CFTC to Share Confidential Information

Washington 19 April 2011

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission signed a memorandum of understanding that will facilitate the sharing of non-public information for “official law enforcement purposes,” and increase investigation risks for firms: McDermott Will & Emery

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