Thousands of acres from Arkansas to Florida and Georgia were planted in sesame this year— sometimes joining a rotation of cotton, soybeans and corn and at times spread in fields too far away from irrigation lines. The nation's traditional sesame-growing region is in Oklahoma and Texas west of Interstate 35.» Read More
*Beijing eager to liquidate massive cotton stock piles. The move, aimed at reducing burgeoning state inventories that now account for 60 percent of global stocks, could weigh on imports and global prices of cotton, especially since Beijing has already slashed sales prices for the fibre from its reserves to narrow the advantage of overseas supplies.
Cotton Incorporated and Maker's Row, an online marketplace, have partnered to bring back more "Made in USA" goods.
Dennis Gartman of The Gartman Letter, discusses the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, investing in housing and banking, and how to play cotton, with the Fast Money traders.
Selling gold stocks for these alternate investments looks like a good idea, says Dennis Gartman, editor of The Gartman Letter.
Gap has an amazing turnaround story, explains Mad Money host Jim Cramer. Despite the stock falling from $35 at the end of November to $31, it's a great time to buy the stock.
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.
The general trend pressure for cotton prices is bearish and this suggests continued testing of support near 85 cents a pound.
Andrew Su, CEO, Compass Global Markets, says while India's reversal of the ban on cotton exports will have little impact, prices will likely fall to 80 cents per pound on a shift toward synthetic fiber and an increase in cotton stockpiles.
Dominic Schnider, Head Commodity Research, UBS Wealth Management, says the cotton market is adequately supplied and he doesn't foresee further upside for the commodity.
In search of a safe haven, investors are flocking into the U.S. dollar Tuesday and out of risk assets including commodities. Concerns about the ongoing situation in Greece and the euro zone as well as perceived weakness in the global economic recovery are some of the drivers.
Cotton prices soaring on news that India has halted all exports of the commodity until further notice. So, what's the trade on cotton? Jim Iuorio, TJM Institutional Services, weighs in.
Widely followed commodities trader Dennis Gartman on Monday said he wasn’t concerned about an official slowdown in China.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke hasn't said anything to change the trend that's been in place for precious metals since start of new year, so the buying continues.
What's moving in commodities in Monday’s trade:
Dry patch of weather in the Midwest is pushing grain prices higher, with Rich Ilczyszyn, MF Global.
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.
If you want volatility, all you have to do is look at the cotton trade. In the last week, it has shed 36 percent. Despite that, cotton is still up more than 37 percent in the last year.
CNBC's Brian Shactman reports on the drastic drop in cotton and its impact on company profit margins.
Looking for investment bargains in the retail sector, with Brian Tunick, JP Morgan and John Long, Kurt Salmon.