Agricultural Commodities Corn Commodity Market Trades, Charts

  • Cedarburg, Wisconsin, July 2, 2012.

    Crop conditions continue to worsen, to levels not seen since the drought of 1988, threatening the size and quality of the U.S. corn crop as it enters a critical developmental stage.

  • Soybean field

    Soft commodities such as soy and corn should be used by investors to protect against inflation in the same way as gold, according to the founding partner of GAIA Capital, John Coast Sullenger.

  • Flames are seen in a field at the edge of Voronezh, central Russia, on July 31, 2010.

    A rising U.S. dollar is exerting major pressure on commodity prices and in turn could be setting up a prime buying opportunity in grains, energy and—yes—even gold.

  • A Wal-Mart bribery scandal, a Federal Reserve meeting, Ben Bernanke holds a press conference, Lloyd Bankfein gives a rare interview, Spain gets a downgrade, the Netheralnds falters, and earnings, earnings, earnings. It’d be easy to miss a story here or there amid all the major headline hubbub; even stories with some long range import. Here we’ve assembled some of those under-the-fold stories that caught the attention of a fair number of readers, but not on the scale of the major headlines of the

    Here we’ve assembled some of those under-the-fold stories that caught the attention of a fair number of readers, but not on the scale of the major headlines of the day.

  • ETF Strategist | Commodities

    While individual commodities are subject to a lot of momentum—they are a good alternative to stocks and bonds and commonly used for diversification, and hedging investments.

  • Widely followed commodities trader Dennis Gartman on Monday said he wasn’t concerned about an official slowdown in China.

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    Syngenta, the world's largest agrochemicals company, is aiming for higher earnings this year as price hikes and cost-cuts are expected to help it offset the impact of the strong Swiss franc and raw material prices.

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    Food prices and security, threatened by weather-caused production declines and relentless rising demand, will be a key issue at the conference of world business, political and social leaders.

  • Signs look positive for the agricultural and fertilizer industries in 2012, and U.S. companies would likely benefit the most, investor Dennis Gartman said on “Fast Money.”

  • Milk is on track to be the top performing commodity for the year, in terms of price percentage gains.

  • Hay

    Prices for hay — the legal weed — are on fire. They're rising faster than prices for corn, thanks to a drought in Texas, plus rising demand as farmers avoid paying for more expensive feed. In addition, increased regulations in some areas are making hay farming more difficult.

  • Corn

    Food prices could rise more slowly next year because farmers have a bigger surplus of corn on hand than previously thought.

  • Commodities are something many investors can relate to. What's not to like about corn, crude oil, or gold? Some commodities have been on a tear in recent months while others have significantly fallen off their highs. In fact, the a global commodity benchmark tracking 19 commodities mostly traded in the U.S., is down 32 percent from its all-time high back in July 2008. So far in 2011, the CRB index is down 3.8 percent compared to an 8.2 percent loss for the S&P 500. Despite that trend, several in

    CNBC’s Analytics Team compiled a list of the 10 best and worst performing commodities in the CRB index. Click ahead to learn about the hot and the not-so-hot commodities of 2011.

  • Corn

    Corn and sugar prices may have rallied on Tuesday, but for investors looking to profit from an agricultural trade, one analyst is putting his money in corn, over sugar.

  • Corn

    Corn supplies are forecast to be higher than expected this fall. A larger crop would ease concerns of a grain shortage and could slow food inflation later this year.

  • Corn

    Nebraska is in a positive state of mind thanks to a diversified economy and controlling spending, Gov. Dave Heineman told CNBC Wednesday.

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    Markets have overreacted to recent concerns on oversupply in soft commodities, and the fundamentals do not support the recent sell-off, Sudakshina Unnikrishnan, analyst at Barclays Capital, told CNBC on Tuesday.

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    At the World Pork Expo, the hot topic corn. Which leads to the big beef between hogs and ethanol. Both are competing for corn, and there may not be enough to go around.

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    China’s self-sufficiency in wheat, rice and corn could be reversed in dramatic fashion in the next few years offering investors a chance to make big returns, according to Richard Ferguson, the global head of agriculture at Renaissance Capital in London.

  • Roy Presson (C) embraces his daughters Catherine (L) and Amanda as they stand on the edge of State Highway HH looking out at their family farm on May 3, 2011 at Wyatt, Missouri. The Presson home and 2,400 acres of land that they farmed was flooded last night when the Army Corps of Engineers blew a massive hole in a levee at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to help save the town of Cairo, Illinois.

    Experts in the corn, wheat and soy markets expect the sharp pullback in recent weeks to be little more than a temporary correction as heavy rain and strong demand cause prices to rebound.