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Commodities research is a basic part of commodities trading. Commodities research may be as simple as looking at commodity news reports on Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance, Google News, or your daily newspaper before starting commodity trading. More basic and timely commodities research information comes from the US Department of Agriculture via its Agricultural Market News. This information can be found online and is often what the news services pick up and report. Within the Agricultural Market News traders can find specific reports including daily updates including the Daily National Grain Market Summary.
What traders read about commodities is for fundamental analysis. However, both fundamental and technical analysis are important for successful commodity trading. Reviewing recent and long term commodity price patterns will give guidance about future movement in commodities markets. The use of Candlestick charting can give the trader an advantage in trading commodities. A good place to start learning about trading commodities is with Commodity and Futures training.
Fundamental commodity analysis is the basis of what drives futures prices. However, as soon as the first trader has acted on new market fundamentals the market has changed. As traders buy futures or sell futures the commodity price changes. Options traders buying calls, buying puts, selling calls, or selling puts all change the market with the sum of their trading activity. Although the trader will have a firm grasp of his or her commodities research it is market fundamentals that drive day to day trading.
Rice traders in Japan during the days of the Samurai learned that price patterns repeated themselves and were predictive of subsequent market movement. The same principles that worked three hundred years ago work today with the application of Candlestick pattern formations and Candlestick trading tactics to help the trader profit from commodity price fluctuations. Commodities research helps the trader anticipate futures prices but understanding market principles helps the trader execute profitable trades.