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The Wild and Crazy Crude Oil Market

Can commodities actually be worth less than $0.00? After Monday’s wild trade in the CME May Crude Oil futures contract, we guess they can. As anyone interested in the oil market knows, demand for crude oil and refined energy products have been declining for months. However, worldwide reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic sharply accelerated that decline. Many industries reduced or shut down their production activities, drivers stopped driving their SUV’s and airlines stopped flying their planes. OPEC/Russia agreed to cut production, but not by nearly enough to stop the growing worldwide glut of crude oil supplies. In the face of this fundamentally very bearish situation, crude oil prices had plunged to levels not seen in many years...

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Exporting Water

The latest mantra from development specialists is concern about the future availability of water. It is an old topic but a durable one given the preciousness of the resource. Since 70 percent of the withdrawals of freshwater around the world are for agriculture, and 60 percent more food must be...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

PM Post - Heading into Season Lows

THE OPEN November beans:  1 higher December meal:  .20 higher December soyoil:  1 higher December corn:  1/4 higher September wheat:  3 lower The markets opened with short-covering in corn and beans.  Profit-taking in oilshare was noted with beans stabilizing on a...

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Mercosur Regional Analysis

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