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  • Bakeries, candy makers and others are considering raising prices for first time in years.

  • Cost of Beef to Soar @ 24/7 Wall St. - 7 hours ago

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week released some preliminary data from its “USDA Agricultural Projections to 2024” report due for full release in February.

  • Southwestern Energy Shares Offer 60% Upside @ Barrons.com - 17 hours ago

    Southwestern Energy shareholders have been hit by a double whammy: falling natural-gas prices and the announcement of an acquisition that the company plans to fund partly with equity. Shares have fallen ...

  • States with the lowest gas taxes have best chance of dipping below $2.

  • Small-cap Week, December 20 @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 5:14 PM EST

    MySale was among the small-cap casualties this week: the "flash sale" fashion website delivered a profit warning just six months after it floated, which sent its shares down 56 per cent, and ...

  • Lifting Trade Restrictions Won’t Help Cuba That Much The Fiscal Times - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 4:13 PM EST

    The announcement this week that the U.S. will normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and allow trade with and travel to the communist Caribbean nation is hardly the economic windfall for Cubans that some commentators make it out to be. If the Obama administration succeeds in lifting current trade restrictions, Cuba will …

  • Who Might Be Hurt By Cheaper Oil? Market Realist - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 4:06 PM EST

    The fracking revolution and the plunge in prices have rendered the Oil Peak premise false. So alternative fuel companies are being hurt by cheaper oil.

  • Vale SA coal mining operations Market Realist - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 4:03 PM EST

    Vale SA (VALE) produces metallurgical and thermal coal through its subsidiaries. Vale Mozambique, operates the Moatize mines. And Vale Australia operates coal assets in Australia through wholly owned companies ...

  • Why oil price plunge could be short-lived @ USA TODAY - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 3:57 PM EST

    The world needs only meager demand growth for oil to eliminate the current supply glut.

  • Must-know: Why the EIA is bullish about natural gas production Market Realist - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:27 PM EST

    Cheniere Energy’s (LNG) Sabine Pass export terminal will begin its service in 2015. The EIA expects that the United States will start exporting natural gas.

  • Who Are The Lower Oil Price Winners? Market Realist - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:06 PM EST

    According to estimates by Barclays, the industry could save up to the tune of $10 billion in fuel costs, making airlines lower oil price winners.

  • Point72 reduced its stake in Whiting Petroleum Corp. Market Realist - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 1:27 PM EST

    Point72 reduced its stake in Whiting Petroleum Corp. in the third quarter. The position accounts for 0.25% of the total portfolio—down from 1.51% of the fund’s 2Q14 portfolio.

  • The EIA’s gasoline price goes lower in latest estimates Market Realist - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:27 PM EST

    For 2014, the EIA expects gasoline price to average $3.37 per gallon and fall to $2.60 in 2015. The fall in crude price was a driving factor for the fall in gasoline prices.

  • How The Rising Dollar Is Causing Oil Prices To Fall Market Realist - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:06 PM EST

    A rising dollar has and will continue to put downward pressure on oil prices, causing trouble for the energy sector (XLE).

  • Point72 increases its stake in Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Market Realist - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:28 AM EST

    Point72 increased its stake in Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in the third quarter. The position accounts for 0.96% of the total portfolio—up from 0.17% of the fund’s 2Q14 portfolio.

  • Why the EIA decreased crude oil price estimates Market Realist - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:27 AM EST

    The EIA projects that the Brent crude oil price will average $68 per barrel in 2015, or $15 per barrel lower than November’s forecast.

  • Oil Supply Is Up, Forcing Oil Prices To Drop Market Realist - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:07 AM EST

    The US shale boom, increased production elsewhere, as well as OPEC's decision to maintain output are reasons for the current excess oil supply.

  • Illinois Basin coal prices dropped in November Market Realist - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 9:54 AM EST

    The Illinois Basin covers most of Illinois and parts of Ohio and western Kentucky. The region produces bituminous coal with a heat value ranging from 10,000–12,500 British thermal units per pound.

  • Point72 increases its position in Canadian Natural Resources Market Realist - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 9:27 AM EST

    Point72 increased its stake in Canadian Natural Resources in the third quarter. The position accounts for 1.69% of the total portfolio—up from 0.30% of the fund’s 2Q14 portfolio.

  • Which commodity producers will win the waiting game? Market Realist - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 9:19 AM EST

    Driving through an oversupply situation in commodity markets is a waiting game. The commodity producers that can wait until the others fall out will win in the long run.

  • The United States may rely less on petroleum imports Market Realist - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 8:27 AM EST

    Net imports as a percentage of US domestic liquids fuel consumption is expected to fall to 21% in 2015, its lowest level since 1969.

  • The Falling Demand For Oil, Impact On Prices Market Realist - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 8:06 AM EST

    With China in a less oil-intensive stage of development, the demand for oil could stay low for a while.

  • Clive Palmer adviser charged over alleged kidnap @ Financial Times - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 3:57 AM EST

    The colourful world of Australian politics took a bizarre turn on Friday when the spin-doctor of politician-turned-mining magnate Clive Palmer was charged in relation to his alleged role in an "elaborate ...

  • Dow jumps 421 points, buoyed by Fed's interest rate stance @ Los Angeles Times - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 9:32 PM EST

    Wall Street capped a worldwide rally in stocks as investors signaled their approval of the Federal Reserve's go-slow approach on raising its rock-bottom benchmark interest rate — even in the face of still-falling ...

  • Climate challenges for Royal Dutch Shell @ Financial Times - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 6:13 PM EST

    Sir, Ben van Beurden, the chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, shows a welcome willingness to engage in the debate about "a sustainable energy future" that his counterparts at other fossil fuel ...

  • Appalachian coal prices dropped marginally in November Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 5:54 PM EST

    Appalachian coal prices are already down closer to cost. They're even lower for some high-cost mines. As a result, a significant drop in prices isn't likely.

  • How The Fall In Iron Ore Prices Has Impacted Steel Companies Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 5:30 PM EST

    Iron ore prices are a key metric investors in steel plays should watch. Iron ore is the primary raw material for producing steel.

  • OPEC is insecure about losing market share Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 5:19 PM EST

    OPEC is insecure about losing market share. Despite a steep fall in crude oil prices, OPEC decided to maintain production levels in its meeting on November 27.

  • Dow soars 421 points, most in three years @ Los Angeles Times - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 5:03 PM EST

    The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest surge in three years Thursday, rising sharply for a second day. The Federal Reserve set off the rally a day earlier by indicating that it was in no hurry ...

  • Why EIA’s revised crude oil estimate is important for investors Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 4:27 PM EST

    The EIA marginally increased its US crude oil production estimate for 2014 to 8.74 MMBbl/d, or 0.03 MMBbl/d higher than its forecast in November.

  • Drop In Oil Prices: Economic Implications Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 4:06 PM EST

    The drop in oil prices is affecting the global equity markets (QWLD). The S&P 500 (SPY) also declined by 3.5%, the worst weekly decline in two years.

  • What do increased PRB coal prices indicate? Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 3:53 PM EST

    The PRB coal prices increased substantially in November due to the beginning of winter. The average price in November was $13.30 per ton—compared to $11.10 per ton in October.

  • In Chile, Indigenous Groups Push Back @ BusinessWeek - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 3:35 PM EST

    They're stopping mining projects with consultations and lawsuits

  • Steel Prices In The US Fall On Slowdown Fears Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 3:30 PM EST

    Steel prices are a key driver for steel companies. Steel companies either make sales on contract pricing, or at current spot prices.

  • Saudi Arabia holds the key to the global crude oil market Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 3:19 PM EST

    Currently, crude oil is the talk of Wall Street. OPEC accounts for ~60% of global crude oil trade. Crude oil consumption is spread across the globe.

  • InterContinental higher on urge to merge @ Financial Times - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 2:18 PM EST

    A retread of sector consolidation theories helped put InterContinental Hotels on the London market leaderboard on Thursday. With InterContinental's sale of its owned properties effectively complete, the ...

  • Can Russia-Ukraine and lower oil prices help US coal producers? Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 1:53 PM EST

    Russian energy supplies to Europe, including coal, may continue without a hitch. European export opportunities for US coal producers (KOL) will remain limited.

  • Overview: Key Steel Industry Indicators Investors Should Track Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 1:30 PM EST

    In this series, we'll discuss the key steel industry indicators that investors in steel players should watch.

  • Why VALE, RIO, and BHP aren’t taking the lead in production cuts Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 1:19 PM EST

    So far, no major production cuts have been announced. As a result of lower iron ore prices, production won't be viable for some producers. This will correct the oversupply.

  • Must-know: US thermal coal exports are falling Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 11:53 AM EST

    US thermal coal exports were 19.6 million tons in the first half of 2014—down from 26.9 million tons during same period in 2013. The drop was mainly driven by falling demand from Europe.

  • Barrick suspends Zambian output after royalty rise @ Financial Times - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 11:47 AM EST

    Barrick Gold is suspending output in Zambia because of tax regime changes that have put the African country at the centre of a profit-sharing battle. The Canadian miner said its Lumwana copper mine would ...

  • Why Falling Crude Prices Can Benefit Alcoa Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 10:17 AM EST

    Falling crude prices can also benefit AA. If crude oil prices stay at low levels for an extended period, electricity costs are also expected to decrease. This will benefit primary producers.

  • A record fall harvest may limit short-term potential for PRB coal Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 9:53 AM EST

    Record agriculture produce may cause trouble the PRB coal shipments for a while. However, utility demand for restocking will result in increased shipments in 2015.

  • 8 Energy Stocks to Add to Your Shopping List @ Kiplinger - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 9:30 AM EST

    These companies are survivors. Once the price of crude oil stops sliding, their shares will take off.

  • Greed led to a fall in met coal prices Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 9:19 AM EST

    In 2011, floods in Australia led to a rally in met coal prices. The benchmark was as high as $330 per ton. China’s growth momentum was expected to continue for years to come.

  • Lower Crude Prices Impact Alcoa’s Aerospace Segment Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 8:17 AM EST

    Now, we'll analyze how AA's aerospace revenues will be impacted by lower crude prices. Aircraft replacement demand is mainly driven by crude oil prices.

  • Outlook for Frontline and its Suezmax fleet Market Realist - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 8:01 AM EST

    Frontline's (FRO) current tanker fleet level has reached its highest since 2009. Looking ahead, it's likely that there could be higher utilization environments and thereby a stronger tanker market.

  • Crude Oil Prices Find Temporary Relief Benzinga - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 7:55 AM EST

    Brent crude oil prices found a floor on Thursday after several companies cut their future investment plans due to declining prices. The commodity traded at $61.35 at 8:15 GMT, temporarily breaking its ...

  • Chevron drops Arctic drilling plan @ Financial Times - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 9:10 PM EST

    Chevron, the US oil group, has shelved indefinitely a plan to drill in the Arctic Beaufort Sea off the north coast of Canada, citing "the level of economic uncertainty in the industry" as one ...

  • What do last week’s coal rail car loadings mean? Market Realist - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 5:53 PM EST

    Every week, the EIA publishes shipments based on coal rail car loadings. Coal is an important commodity for railroad companies—like Union Pacific (UNP) and CSX Corp. (CSX).

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