Global Markets

Corn Futures Market Outlook: Bull vs Bear Tug-Of-War

July corn futures moved slightly lower this week, closing down 3 ¾-cents per bushel week-on-week, finishing on Friday (6/16) at $3.84. Corn futures although closing lower on the week did manage to climb out of a big hole following Monday’s (6/12) down 10 ½-cents per bushel trading session. Weekly Corn…

Global Markets Update: Investors Follow The Drum Beat

The month of May continued to see stock market growth, with a backdrop of increasing political turmoil in the U.S. And the drum beat has carried the tune into June… with the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) near all-time highs. It appears less likely that a distracted President Trump will bring tax…

China’s May Manufacturing PMI Fails To Impress

China released it’s May official PMI data, and overall the results are fairly benign. On the surface there wasn’t much to change the current view. The May Chinese manufacturing PMI was unchanged at 51.2 and the non-manufacturing PMI up +0.5 to 54.5 with services up +0.9 to 53.5. As well,…

Global Markets Update: Investors Eye Chinese Economic Concerns

The past month has been chalk full of corporate earnings announcements in the U.S., and more political drama. Earnings were largely positive, but with the stock market at historically high levels, apparently something bigger than earnings growth is needed for the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) to break out above the 2400 level….

U.S. Corn Futures Weekly Outlook: Weather Watch!

July corn futures moved higher this week, closing up 4 ¼-cents per bushel week-on-week, finishing on Friday (5/5) at $3.70 ¾. Corn futures higher weekly close was entirely attributed to Friday’s session, which culminated with a 4 ¼-cents positive close that afternoon. This masked an otherwise disappointing week of price…

U.S. Corn Futures Weekly Review & Price Outlook – April 17

May corn futures moved higher this week, closing up 11 ½-cents per bushel week-on-week, finishing on Thursday (4/13) at $3.71. Corn futures managed to build on Monday’s 7 ½-cents higher close throughout the week despite what was initially viewed as a potentially Bearish April WASDE report released on 4/11. APRIL…

Indexing Bias: Investment Realities And Opportunities

This post was written by Derek Benedet and Craig Basinger of Richardson GMP. Behavioral Finance combines behavioral and cognitive psychology theory with conventional economics and finance. Essentially it attempts to account or add the “human” element into understanding how the markets behave. While still a relative new area, it has…

Market Insights: Is The “Trump Rally” For Real?

Summary: Although the US major stock markets are at or near all-time highs, the economic data signals continued US and global growth. My viewpoint is that we are still in the early stages of what could be a multi-year growth cycle. Here’s some detail on my thought process: If you…

Global Markets Update: Demographics May Hurt Future Returns

Equity markets continue to move higher on the hopes of fiscal stimulus in the U.S. But the pressure is on… Analysts are increasingly divided into bearish and bullish camps, as the politicians must now deliver on their promises to avoid disappointing the stock market. Stocks & Bonds Looking at the…