Agricultural Commodities

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Agricultural commodities

Trading agricultural commodities is the province of agricultural producers and the likes of multinational grain companies. It is also the province of traders speculating on movements in the agricultural commodities markets. Both groups trading commodities rely upon fundamental analysis of the commodity in question and engage in technical analysis using technical analysis tools such as Candlestick chart formations in order to judge when to stay with a market trend and when to expect a market reversal. The world needs food but growing conditions, food transport and storage, and diversion of food stuffs into energy all affect availability and, therefore, commodity price. This mixture of facts and conditions drives pricing in the futures markets in agricultural commodities. Whether you are interested in trading corn futures or live cattle Commodities and Futures Training will be a good place to start.
The Traders

When you start commodity trading you will be up against the likes of traders working for companies like Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland. These multinational food companies know the fundamentals of the agricultural commodities markets as it is their business. They will, in fact, know fundamentals before you do. Although their advantage may only be minutes or even seconds they will cause market movement to which you will have to react. They are typically the drivers of the commodities markets in wheat, corn, soybeans and other products. You will be in the pack with other traders doing Candlestick analysis to predict market reaction to the trades made by the big money.

Why They Trade

There are two types of traders in agricultural commodities. There are the producers and the buyers who are hedging commodities and their investment risk. There are traders looking to profit on market movement. Farm cooperatives growing sugar beets and sugar producers who buy sugar beets or cane each buy or sell commodities futures contacts to lock in price at a future date. Because these folks know the market in their commodity they may well also trade for profit but their primary motive is to maintain a stable price for their product. The trader speculates on market movement and market reversal in looking to profit. The producers and buyers want a stable market. The pure trader would like to see lots of market volatility.

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Agricultural Commodities

  1. 1. Trading agricultural commodities is theprovince of agricultural producers and the likes of multinational grain companies. Itis also the province of tradersspeculating on movements in the agricultural commodities markets. www.CandlestickForums.com
  2. 2. Both groups trading commodities rely upon fundamental analysis of the commodity in question and engage in technical analysis using technical analysis tools such as Candlestick chartformations in order to judge when to stay with a market trend and when to expect a market reversal. www.CandlestickForums.com
  3. 3. The world needs food but growing conditions, food transport andstorage, and diversion of food stuffs into energy all affect availability and, therefore, commodity price. www.CandlestickForums.com
  4. 4. This mixture of facts and conditions drives pricing in the futuresmarkets in agricultural commodities. www.CandlestickForums.com
  5. 5. Whether you are interested in trading corn futures or live cattle Commodities and FuturesTraining will be a good place to start. www.CandlestickForums.com
  6. 6. The Traderswww.CandlestickForums.com
  7. 7. When you start commodity trading you will be up against the likes of traders working for companies like Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland. These multinational food companies know the fundamentals of the agricultural commodities markets as it is their business.They will, in fact, know fundamentals before you do. www.CandlestickForums.com
  8. 8. Although their advantage may onlybe minutes or even seconds they will cause market movement to which you will have to react. www.CandlestickForums.com
  9. 9. They are typically the drivers of the commodities markets in wheat, corn, soybeans and other products. www.CandlestickForums.com
  10. 10. You will be in the pack with othertraders doing Candlestick analysis topredict market reaction to the trades made by the big money. www.CandlestickForums.com
  11. 11. Why They Tradewww.CandlestickForums.com
  12. 12. There are two types of traders inagricultural commodities. There arethe producers and the buyers who are hedging commodities and their investment risk. www.CandlestickForums.com
  13. 13. There are traders looking to profit on market movement. Farm cooperativesgrowing sugar beets and sugar producerswho buy sugar beets or cane each buy orsell commodities futures contacts to lock in price at a future date. www.CandlestickForums.com
  14. 14. Because these folks know the marketin their commodity they may well also trade for profit but their primary motive is to maintain a stable price for their product. www.CandlestickForums.com
  15. 15. The trader speculates on marketmovement and market reversal in lookingto profit. The producers and buyers want a stable market. The pure trader would like to see lots of market volatility. www.CandlestickForums.com
  16. 16. Why You Trade and Market Participation www.CandlestickForums.com
  17. 17. When a farm cooperative has locked inwhat they consider a fair price for theirsugar beets, corn, soy beans, etc. they will probably go back to the work of farming. Thus their strategy will be to make a single or single set of trades. www.CandlestickForums.com
  18. 18. When they are done trading volume ina commodity may go down if the producers andbuyers are satisfied. Traders who are not in the business of the commodity may well keep tracking the commodity looking for market movement based upon news about the weather, new buyers, etc. www.CandlestickForums.com
  19. 19. Deep Pockets, Strategy, and Cows on Your Lawn www.CandlestickForums.com
  20. 20. Buying calls and buying puts on agricultural commodities is entirely possible. Typically the trader buysand the large company sells. Selling calls and puts is typically moreprofitable over time but can be costly on a single bad trade. www.CandlestickForums.com
  21. 21. Having deep pockets allows the bigguys to do this while you leveragesmaller holdings for potential largeprofit. You really want to get out ofyour futures position in agricultural commodities if you are not a producer or buyer. www.CandlestickForums.com
  22. 22. They will not come to your house andleave cows on your lawn but they will askyou to produce cows to sell or come and get them unless you exit your contract before expiration. www.CandlestickForums.com

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