Natural gas futures see multi-month lows, despite the polar vortex

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From Jude Clemente:

It was indeed remarkable that the U.S. natural gas market saw the lowest prices since July last week despite Polar Vortex 2019. In particular, given that gas demand peaks in the Winter when heating and power generation needs collide, the U.S. hit an all-time record of 150 Bcf/d of consumption.

NYSE:UNG February 8, 2019 1:29pm

Central Banks Haven’t Bought This Much Gold in 48 years

Gold Prices
From Frank Holmes: Something big is happening in the gold market right now, and nowhere is that more apparent than in central banks of emerging economies. Last year was a watershed in the size of official gold purchases, as banks added an incredible 651.5 tonnes (worth some $27.7 billion) to their holdings, according to the World Gold Council (WGC). Not only is this a remarkable 74 percent change from 2017, but it's also the most on record going back to 1971, when President Richard Nixon brought a formal end to the gold standard. In the final quarter of 2018 alone, central banks purchased as much as 195 tonnes, the most for any quarter on record, according to leading precious metal research firm GFMS.
NYSE:GLD February 5, 2019 4:25pm

Why are natural gas prices continuing to plummet?

natural gas etf
From Jude Clemente:

The U.S. natural gas market ignored the Polar Vortex 2019 last week and prices have plummeted

NYSE:UNG February 4, 2019 1:38pm

These Emerging Markets Could Soar If the Dollar Falls

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From Frank Holmes:

Last year was admittedly a tough one for emerging markets. A number of currencies were under considerable pressure, with some of them falling to record or near-record lows against the strong U.S. dollar. Global trade tensions, threats of sanctions, rising U.S. interest rates and higher oil prices--before they began to crater in October, that is--also contributed to the selloff. From its 52-week high set in January 2018, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index sunk into bear market territory by the end of October.

NYSE:ERUS February 1, 2019 1:34pm

A bullish case for Natural Gas prices

Natural Gas
From Jim Collins:

In every column I have written about natural gas for Forbes I have referred to the natgas futures contract's legendary status among energy traders.  Yes, as I have mentioned before, the natgas contract is known as "the widowmaker" owing to its extraordinary volatility.  That volatility has been in full force in the last three months as natgas futures jumped through $4.50/mmcf in November before moving back downward into the recent "normal" range of $3.00-$3.50/mmcf and have now taken another leg downward to sit at $2.83/mmcf as of this writing.

NYSE:UNG

Airlines On Target To Have Their 10th Straight Year of Profitability

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From Frank Holmes:

Domestic airlines weren't exempt from the rout that hit stocks in December, the market's worst month since the Great Recession. Shares of all four major U.S. carriers--American, Delta, United Continental, and Southwest--saw double-digit losses. Delta ended December down 17.8 percent, its worst month since October 2009, when it gave back 20.3 percent.

NYSE:JETS January 29, 2019 1:17pm

Why Did The Price Of Palladium Just Zoom Past Gold?

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From Frank Holmes: Palladium might not fill headlines the way gold does, but it's been on fire lately. Not only has the precious metal been the best performing commodity for two years straight, but its price also just shot past gold for the first time since 2001. For the first time ever, it broke through $1,400 an ounce last week before pulling back somewhat. From its 52-week low set in August, palladium has climbed almost 70 percent. It's added about 16 percent in the past 30 trading days alone.
NYSE:GOAU January 23, 2019 3:13pm

Why a Million Americans Could Be Priced Out Of The Housing Market in 2019

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From Ally J. Yale:

If home prices and mortgage rates continue their upward trends, more than 1 million American households could get priced out of the housing market.

NYSE:XHB January 14, 2019 1:13pm

Natural Gas prices are on a roller coaster ride

Natural Gas
From Jude Clemente:  With the largest storage withdrawal of the early-winter season on Thursday, it is time for an update on natural gas prices, which like the stock market (worst December since 1931) have taken a bearish tone over the past month. With futures hitting four-year highs in November, it has been a wild ride of late for natural gas prices.
NYSE:UNG December 24, 2018 1:02pm

Where are Oil prices headed in 2019?

Oil Prices
From Robert Rapier :  Yesterday the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil, the primary U.S. benchmark, fell 4.8% to a 17-month low. The closing price, $45.88/bbl, marks a stunning fall from a price that closed at $76.40/bbl on October 3rd.
NYSE:OIH December 21, 2018 12:34pm

2 Causes of Today’s Stock Market Volatility

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From John S. Tobey:

Yesterday (Monday, 12/10) is the perfect example of the futility in trying to answer "Why the morning selloff?" The answer is not in the fundamentals, although the media certainly tried. All the early morning reports offered reasons, but the very range shows them to be inaccurate guesses:

NYSE:VXX December 11, 2018 2:14pm

Financial Advisors should be Bullish on Alternative Investments as part of IRAs & retirement assets

From Kelli Click:  They should be. Alternative investments are continuing to gain popularity for investors seeking to diversify their retirement plan assets, and advisors are taking notice. Savvy investors and their advisors are learning that self-directed IRAs are a powerful vehicle to buy and hold these less liquid investments.
Nasdaq:PFF November 30, 2018 1:31pm

Are We in a Housing Market Bubble?

From Bill Conerly: We are not in a housing bubble. The tool that helped me identify the last bubble--measuring new construction relative to population growth--helps me now say we are not overbuilding.
NYSE:XHB November 5, 2018 1:21pm

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