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  • Food Is Gold, So Billions Invested in Farming Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 10:24 AM ET
    Barn

    Large private investors have been buying commodities in recent years, but now some are going further and buying actual farmland, says The New York Times.

  • For the week ending Friday, May 30, 2008, the markets finished up, with all major indices increasing ~1.3% or higher for the week. Only the Dow declined for the month, shedding 1.42%. The NASDAQ reached its third consecutive monthly gain , up 4.55% for the month. The markets were encouraged by better than expected earnings from retailers and strong results from Dell. U.S. GDP for 1Q also helped lift stocks up, as it rose 0.9% at an annual rate , better than the previous estimate. Crude Oil also retreated to lower levels.

  • For the week ending Friday, May 23, 2008, the U.S. Equity Markets ended the week down with all of the major indices off by more than 3% on continued concerns about high energy costs.  Oil and gasoline continued to hit new record highs and the dollar declined against major currencies.

  • AWB Australia First-Half Profit Rises 89% Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 8:43 PM ET

    AWB, Australia's largest wheat exporter, said on Wednesday its half-year net profit rose 89 percent to $21.4 million, after good results from its Landmark rural services division.

  • WEF: The Rise and Rise of the Middle East Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 11:02 AM ET

    The annual World Economic Forum took place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, focusing on the investment and growth opportunities in the Middle East.

  • Stop Trading!: Ag Stocks Still the Play Monday, 19 May 2008 | 3:41 PM ET

    Syngenta, Monsanto and Bunge should be bought on any discount, Cramer says.

  • McCain Vows to Fight US Farm Subsidies, Tariffs Monday, 19 May 2008 | 6:28 AM ET
    Presidential Candidate, John McCain

    Republican presidential candidate John McCain Monday vowed to aid small farmers by targeting agricultural tariffs and subsidies doled out to agribusiness.

  • For the week ending Friday, May 16, 2008, the U.S. Equity Markets ended the week up with all of the major indices up ~2% or more as stocks gained from M&A news, easing inflation worries, and strong earnings results.  Oil and gasoline continued to hit new record highs as the dollar declined against major currencies.

  • Cramer's Advice to Baby Boomers Friday, 16 May 2008 | 11:41 AM ET

    Buy stocks with long-term bullish themes, Cramer says. That way you don't have to worry about the short-term volatility in the market.

  • Australia Barley Exporter Says Japan Shipment Clean Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 1:13 AM ET

    An Australian barley exporter said on Thursday it had found no evidence that a 20,000 ton shipment to Japan contained excessive pesticides, after Japan cancelled the purchase.

  • For the week ending Friday, May 9, 2008, the U.S. Markets were negative for the week, with the Dow falling more than 200 points on Wednesday, making it the biggest point drop since 4/11/08. 

  • Game Plan: Trading the Week Ahead Friday, 9 May 2008 | 6:09 PM ET

    Earnings from McDermott, Wal-Mart, Deere and Hewlett-Packard should present some unique buying opportunities, Cramer says.

  • Fed's Hoenig Warns Inflation Must Not Get Too High Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 2:56 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve must be ready to raise benchmark interest rates in a timely manner given the "troublesome" inflation outlook, Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig said Tuesday.

  • Asia Fears Lost Decade, Unrest from Food Price Shock Sunday, 4 May 2008 | 11:09 PM ET

    Soaring food prices may throw millions of Asians back into poverty, undo a decade of gainsand stoke civil unrest, regional leaders said as they urged a boost to agricultural production to meet rising demand

  • For the week ending Friday, May 9, 2008, the U.S. Markets were negative for the week, with the Dow falling more than 200 points on Wednesday, making it the biggest point drop since 4/11/08. 

  • Stop Trading!: Don't Bother with Micro-Hoo Friday, 2 May 2008 | 3:09 PM ET

    The potential merger isn't worth gauging, Cramer says. Instead, focus on "new tech" stocks. Also, his thoughts on ag.

  • Commodities Markets Hammered by Stronger Dollar Thursday, 1 May 2008 | 3:42 PM ET
    Soybean crop

    Investors wondering whether the agricultural commodities bubble has burst will get some important clues in next week's annual crop plantings report, considered a bellwether for the direction of farming activity for the year.

  • Stocks Fall Ahead of Fed Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 6:13 PM ET

    The markets dropped a bit as investors eagerly await Wednesday's rate decision. Find out what was moving in the Word on the Street.

  • Tech Gains Boost Nasdaq; Airlines Rise Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 5:04 PM ET

    Stocks closed mixed in thin trading Tuesday as the tide turned in technology's favor. Airline stocks rose as oil prices receded. Merck skidded after an FDA rejection.

  • Stocks Turn Higher; Airlines Rise Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 2:55 PM ET

    Stocks pushed higher Tuesday despite concerns about interest rates ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision. Merck skidded after an FDA rejection. Airline stocks rose as oil prices receded.