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It’s a market of wild swings, powerful trends and enough overshoot to make Evel Knievel blush. Oil just logged its largest one-day drop in three years. That comes after a 21% slide in just 28 trading days. That is on the heels of oil’s 75% bull market rally since June 2017. Surprisingly, there is one […]
After all the chest-thumping, the Iran sanctions passed with a whimper. Lots of talk … zero teeth. Now the market has too much oil.
For some reason, the world seems to take Saudi Arabia at its word that it will produce more oil. The problem is, the kingdom can’t do it.
Trade war fears will fade, at least for a little while. Investors will seek bargains. And this will be one of the industries that investors snap up.
With fall in the air, hedge funds have winter on their minds. Low natural gas stores are shaping up to be one of their biggest holiday bets.
“Gold bugs” came into 2018 hopeful that this would be a comeback year. What followed was a year of defeat. Gold fell nearly 6%.
This chart of gold and stocks suggests participants are rethinking the bull market. The longer they doubt, the more likely market behavior gets nasty.
Few were predicting higher oil prices. Savvy investors knew that this pessimism would be short-lived. Prices went on to rally 21% in six weeks.
The copper market is in deficit. That means there is more demand than supply. And that condition will continue for the next few years.
“Record supplies” is all that needs to be said to turn off most resource speculators. But the story here is not as straightforward as it seems.
Base and precious metals are likely to stay near their recent lows until resolution for the U.S.-China trade war appears.
While the disruption in soy is well-covered by the media, the knock-on effects of the trade war will breathe new life into the struggling sugar sector.
Hurricane Florence is one of the strongest storms to threaten the Eastern Seaboard in decades. However, there will be a silver lining for some.
Last year, the media was calling for the next bear market in oil. The last thing on most people’s mind was a 50% rally. But that’s exactly what happened.
Lithium prices in China are tanking. Prices are down nearly 50% since the first quarter. That is echoing through world markets.
Iran exported 2.2 million barrels of oil per day in July. That’s far more oil than Russia, Saudi Arabia or the U.S. can replace when sanctions begin.
Today, gold traders are fleeing because prices keep falling. But the best time to buy gold is after fear drives prices down to bargain-basement levels.
We call the hedge funds the “dumb” money because they are the ones making bets. Now the dumb money is at a 25-year extreme … and we can profit from it.
While analysts worry that demand for railway services may wane due to the trade war, higher oil prices suggest otherwise.
The Italians use gold as an insurance policy against catastrophe. And when the country joined the EU, it triggered an emergency. The lira plummeted in value, but gold did not.
We need to understand Wall Street’s take on copper before we know whether this is an opportunity to invest or a warning to get out.
All eyes are on the trade war waging between the U.S. and China, but there’s an even bigger crisis brewing in the Middle East that’s going to hit your wall in way we haven’t seen since 2008.
The last time commodities were the best-performing asset class for an entire year was 2002. That’s when the last commodity bull market cycle began.
When prices become unaffordable, they’ll come down. And this week, traders got another reason to second-guess the world’s appetite for high-priced crude oil.
Monitoring the large speculators is not a precise timing indicator. But it’s a valuable piece of information to determine when it’s the right time to bet against the crowd.
So far, commodities have lived up to our expectations through the first five months. However, they should perform even better through the rest of the year.
I’m comforted by the fact the mainstream financial press isn’t talking about gold. Because, by many measures, an investment in gold looks like a sure thing right now.
Some see oil prices continuing to climb throughout 2018. That may be the case by the end of the year, but for now, oil prices are set to take a dip lower.
Uranium production for the first quarter of 2018 is down 50% from a year prior. Tightening supply and higher demand hint at higher prices, but the market still has a way to go.
Gains in oil seem like a natural response to any action against Iran. But as this chart shows, oil is now at an extreme level only seen in bubbles.
This monumental shift will be the most dramatic in over 100 years, maybe even more so than when ships switched from coal to oil.
While oil has more than doubled in price in the last two years, this essential part of the oil industry has actually seen a slight decline.
I believe gold is on the cusp of a major breakout higher. However, gold prices are entering their bearish prime season, and a short-term pullback is likely in the cards.
For thousands of years, gold was money. More important, the world still views gold as an insurance policy against financial troubles.
In the next few years, the big capital investment money is headed toward offshore oil exploration and production in a big way.
The next big natural resource story isn’t some exotic metal like cobalt or palladium. It’s much more simple and important.
When oil companies begin to spend on expansion, it’s a sign that they believe there are bright prospects in the oil industry for growth.
This metal is another victim of the Trump trade wars. But unlike some others, the market is wrong on this, and you can profit.
The U.S. continues to be a juggernaut of oil production. But there is a problem with our oil that no one is talking about.
I’m going to outline a pocket of strength that will endure and even flourish in these changing market conditions. And it comes from the much-maligned oil sector.
Oil shale production is growing like crazy now. But knowing why shale drilling stocks are flailing is crucial to understanding why oil prices will keep moving higher.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will attribute increases in the oil price to its production cuts. But that’s a lie … the truth is much darker.
There is something brewing in the precious metals market. I’ve got that for you today, as well as a must-see video with a silver miner.
Recent plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports have economists worried. But this isn’t the first tariff announcement in recent months.
A major bull market went unnoticed in the noise of lithium and cobalt prices rocketing in 2017. Its price is soaring too, with less fanfare.
As metal prices rose, so did the profits of major mining companies. And they are using the money for exactly the right thing today.
The market pundits are telling you to get bearish on oil and energy stocks. Follow that advice only if you like losing money.
We’ve had nearly four years of low gasoline prices. However, we’re paying more for gasoline now, on a relative basis, than we did back in 2008.
I attended a gathering of CEOs and other executives of up-and-coming explorers, developers and miners. Today, I’m going to show you two of the best.
Most investors hate stocks of oil producers today. But oil producers are going to have a great year in 2018. We can too … if we buy shares soon.
The squeeze in lithium supply is acute. The price of lithium has increased threefold since 2014. And on Tuesday, somebody stepped on the gas again.
Now that people are OK with investing in oil again, the buyers who were scared out before are buying back in to catch the rally.
The price of silver is up 10% in three weeks. That’s unusual for silver right now. The last time it rose 10% in three weeks was almost a year ago.
In 2017, the S&P 500 had a “perfect year,” in which it rose nearly 20%. However, three unloved and overlooked metals beat that performance soundly.
You will spend this year hearing about how much more expensive all our “stuff” will become thanks to rising commodity prices. Everything is going to go up.
There is a formula for rising prices — demand must exceed supply. And in 2018, a different metal’s price will begin its rise.
The price of oil just hit its highest point since July 2015. That’s really helping the one sector of the oil patch that we should be watching now.
There is a disconnect between the market and a major source of dividend income for investors — MLPs, or master limited partnerships.
Remember, a good natural resource investor is a contrarian. And all of the data points us toward platinum as the metal to own right now.
Copper has enjoyed a stellar rally for more than a year, but its far from over as a rising new tech will increase demand for the metal.
If the electric car market explodes, as most analysts believe, copper demand will as well. Tesla can’t make electric cars without copper…
Saudi Arabia does a masterful job of talking the price of oil higher. And without ever taking any action, that has had an impact on oil prices.
Zinc has delivered solid gains — such as 50% and 60% — in just the last five months. But no one is talking about this essential metal.
You would think that if the world is on the brink of going electric, that should mean less need for palladium. But that hasn’t been the case.
Investors are worried about a potential drop in oil demand but the lithium bull market is providing even bigger profits right now.
The price of lumber is up 10% since Harvey hit in August. That’s sending timber companies’ shares soaring.
As Hurricane Irma approached Florida, traders looked for possible gains in orange juice. But the smart money was selling orange juice instead of buying.
Oil prices have been stuck around $50 a barrel since they collapsed in 2014. But oil may now be finding a bottom and heading higher.
The supply of oil is still well above its five-year average. But for the first time in a long time, it’s time to focus on the oil sector.
There is an uptrend that’s forming in one of my personal favorite commodities. And the trends line up for a double-digit move in the short term.
The meteoric rise in lithium prices spurred a massive interest in the metal. Companies sprang up all over the world. And they found lithium. Lots of it.
When you have a major South Florida hurricane, the price of oranges goes up. And that’s just one of the many impacts a hurricane has on the markets.
When the price of gold moves in one direction across a basket of currencies, then we can find the direction of the actual gold market.
In the 21st century, an army needs more than food and ammunition. Modern armies need vast amounts of oil to win.
For all the hate that gets piled on gold, it continues to be a hedge against volatility. Don’t believe me? Check out the gold holdings of these countries…
Investors want Uber and Google, not cotton and wheat. They want Apple, not apples. Food is boring. Now that sentiment has hit an unusual extreme.
I’m going to tell you a secret about oil. It shows why oil companies are tanking … and what we can expect from oil prices for at least the next year.
There is a clear downward trend in the seasonal pattern for this commodity that is set to last until the end of the year.
Gold offers a way to diversify your wealth. The real question is, what’s a safe, secure, cost-efficient way to own precious metals?
The collapse of oil prices has convinced many investors that U.S. oil is dead. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The 10-year seasonal uptrend started on July 9, and, like clockwork, prices jumped. But I’m still short gold prices. Here’s why…
The price of corn is heading higher thanks to record heat, lower production estimates and record ethanol production.
Lots of energy stories have a grim outlook. But if anything, the picture for oil prices at $60 or higher by year’s end is only brighter than it was before.
You cannot just pack up a gold mine when trouble starts. New political regimes, new laws, heavier taxes and wars have all destroyed mining companies in the past.
Our favorite sweetener is in a major bear market, and that could prove troubling for sugar producers such as the Canadian company Rogers Sugar.
U.S. net petroleum imports fell under 4 million barrels per day in April and again in May. That’s the lowest point since we began keeping records in 1991.
This resource is probably the stealthiest bull market in the world. Its performance since 2009 beats every other metal out there…
Thanks to the shale revolution, natural gas production soared. By 2012, the U.S. edged out Russia to become the world’s largest producer of natural gas.
Gold has always been subject to speculative frenzies, of course. But never has the market been subjected to such extremes of buying and selling.
I’m not the only one who believes it’s time to get a little more physical with our wealth. Many investors are adding physical gold to their assets.
The platinum supply is running out … but the market doesn’t care. Platinum has lost ground to gold consistently since 2008.
When you ignore big profits from sheer bullheadedness, that’s a problem. I always follow the data … which is why I’m going to discuss the bull market in lithium.
Engineers didn’t believe fracking would work on oil strata. Fortunately, American petroleum engineers made the leap, and U.S. oil production soared.
Zinc is essential for a healthy body, but its uses go far beyond that. This metal contains a host of unique qualities that means demand is set to soar…
The market got everything OPEC promised: a nine-month extension of oil production cuts. So why are oil prices still falling? Let me show you…
In 2016, diesel vehicles sales fell to their lowest volume in seven years. That led to an unexpected bull market … in palladium.
Every time you look at a chart, you can see something different. And I came across one recently that is signaling gold is about to break out.
The critical moment for oil will be the announcement after OPEC’s meeting. If OPEC doesn’t reach a deal — a real possibility — then oil prices will plummet.
Gold is an investment linked to crisis. Gold buyers are telling us they’re worried. Political risks dominate Europe … and investors are turning to gold.
There is a natural hedge for a falling U.S. dollar, and, if you haven’t already, it’s high time you took a closer look at investing in gold.
A critical subgroup of the oil industry has been left for dead. We should make double- or even triple-digit gains as its stocks catch up with reality…
The seeds are being sown for an offshore oil revival. In essence, the idea is to automate as much as possible and cut out as much human labor as possible.
I expect the market price for gold to begin to rally in anticipation of a hyperdeflationary resolution of history’s greatest orgy of debt.
I’m going to tell you a couple of secrets about fracking that most people don’t know or understand. And one of those secrets could make you a lot of money.
Commodities — such as oil, gold, sugar, coffee and timber — offer an avenue for investing that can offer great profits if you’re right about the timing.
Gold can be a fantastic hedge against inflation, geopolitical uncertainty, irresponsible banks, the Federal Reserve and even many black swan events.
Cotton plants are useful for a multitude of things. And right now, cotton fiber is in a bull market, with room for us to make money.
You don’t need to head to the rolling hills of the U.K. with a metal detector to make a profit in rare coins. There’s a much easier way to grow your wealth.
We’ve seen a rise in the use of renewable energy as it becomes cheaper. And it’s ensuring that massive changes are coming to the energy industry…
Fortunately, we don’t need The Prospector’s Handbook to achieve our goals. All we have to do is read the words of Matt Badiali, Banyan Hill’s newest editor…
Gold is seen as more trustworthy than any paper currency. And not only is gold alive and kicking, but it needs to play an important role in your portfolio.
Wall Street seems to think that America’s shale industry will be able to save us from higher oil prices in the months and years ahead. But with shale oil production shutting down, that seems like a long shot…
If you were waiting on the sidelines after this year’s monster rally, this may be your last chance to buy gold and gold mining stocks at these prices…
The damage from the oil war with OPEC lies all over America’s shale-oil regions. With the cartel set to cut production, America’s shale-oil producers will be hard pressed to catch up.
Oil is dead … according to the media heralding electric vehicles and the growth of wind and solar energy. Don’t believe it. In fact, we may be entering a new golden era for oil investing.
What does it mean to “own” something? It’s a question every investor should be asking … especially if that something is gold.
A year ago, mining companies were in the midst of the “Great Dividend Cut.” But dividends are back, and that’s good news not just for stock investors, but for gold prices as well.
There’s a reason oil is called black gold. And in spite of worries of a bear market, there’s a second chance to invest in oil … and be well rewarded.
Gold mining stocks have posted big gains, but there may be more on the horizon. When the odds are in your favor, you have to make the bet. You have to take the initiative and go for it.
Reports of gold’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Despite recent profit-taking, gold is still up more than 20% this year. And it is likely to remain a hot ticket in 2016 as the global market struggles…
Don’t believe anything saying a rate hike is on the table in July. It’s not. The U.S. won’t see meaningfully higher rates for many years. The sooner you accept this, the sooner you can avoid financial ruin.
We are only five months into 2016, and sales of gold coins at the U.S. Mint have nearly doubled. Demand for physical gold is soaring, and even the Fed will have trouble slowing its ascent.
Don’t believe the media, oil consumption is not declining — it’s rising. But oil exploration budgets have been cut, and a supply shortfall is looming on the horizon.
Gold bullion is an excellent way to protect your wealth during a market crisis. But acquiring and storing bullion outside the U.S. has long been a problem … until now.
Buy stocks when they’re cheap. It’s one of the tenets of many hedge fund strategies. And right now, gold mining stocks are cheap … 12-year-low cheap.
Shifts in economic growth and weather patterns threaten to decimate world food production … leading to soaring commodity prices and potential food riots.
Declining silver supply and rising demand have created an incredible opportunity in the precious-metals market. It’s a trade where the odds are in your favor.
With fiat currencies headed toward failure, and central banks desperate to avoid catastrophe, it’s time to ask yourself: What is gold really worth?
Oil prices are low for now, but demand is rising in China, India and the U.S., and refiners are already in “max gasoline mode.” One thing’s certain, out of sync oil means profit … if you’re prepared.
The world’s silver supply is shrinking. Not only is less of the precious metal being mined, but fewer people are selling their scrap silver. With so little supply, but growing demand, prices are bound to jump.