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Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/11/2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

February 11 – The global rout gained momentum overnight after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded a note of caution on Wednesday. Yellen testified before the House Financial Services Committee Wednesday and will follow that with testimony before the Senate Banking Committee today. Her... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/10/2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

February 10 – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen tops the headlines today as she prepares to address Congress. Yellen appears before the House Financial Services Committee today, prior to taking questions from the Senate Banking Committee tomorrow. Many on Wall Street would like to see a rate cut... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/09/2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February 9 – Stocks pulled well off their lows before the close Monday, but that didn’t ease fears overseas overnight. Japan’s market led the way lower on global economic concerns, with the Nikkei 500 down 5.6% on the day. Money actively flowed to the relative safety of government securities,... Learn More →


Perspective: Midday Commentary, 02/08/2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

February 8 – Increased concerns over the domestic and global economy continue to dominate trade this morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been down nearly 400 points at times, with crude oil fluctuating near the $30 per barrel level. Gold is sharply higher this morning to seven-month highs... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/08/2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

February 8 – Fear is the dominant theme to start the week, with safe-haven buying pushing gold to fresh three-month highs overnight. Stocks sold off around the world overnight, although China is closed for its Lunar New Year holiday this week. The rush to safe-haven buying pushed German 2-year... Learn More →


Perspective: Warm Midwest Summer?

Friday, February 5, 2016

February 5 – The debate over possible risks for a hot dry Midwest summer is expected to heat up in the weeks ahead. Most of the focus is on the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle as we transition from an El Nino pattern toward La Nina this year. However, the impacts of the ENSO cycle are... Learn More →


Perspective: Midday Commentary, 02/05/2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

February 5 – Commodities are under pressure this morning as the dollar pushes sharply higher. The markets were generally quiet overnight as traders waited for the U.S. monthly jobs report. Wall Street focused on the sharp rise in wages, up 0.5% on the month, likely influenced as minimum wage hikes... Learn More →


Perspective: Crop Revenue Insurance, 02/05/2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

February 5 – This is a key month for farmers taking out revenue insurance on their crops. USDA calculates a base price for revenue insurance based on the average February settlement of December corn futures, as well as for November soybean futures. The average is then calculated again at harvest in... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 02/05/2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

February 5 – The Department of Labor reports that the economy created just 151,000 jobs in January. December’s job gains were slashed by 30,000 to 262,000, while November’s were boosted by 28,000 to 280,000. Gains in January were led by retail trade, food services and drinking places, health care... Learn More →


Perspective: Midday Commentary, 02/04/2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

February 4 – The big story today continues to be the wash-out in the dollar as those heavily invested in the greenback try to exit through an uncomfortably small door. Yet, the dollar’s break has provided only modest support at times for the broader commodity sector, with gains limited by ongoing... Learn More →


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