PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund

  • Playing Soft Commodities

    By Federico Zaldua - April 4, 2013 | Tickers: DBA, CORN, SOYB

    Grain prices fell strongly for a second straight day on Monday as the market learned about higher than estimated US corn stocks. It had been years since I had last seen such marked bearish behavior for soft commodities. Should investors prepare for lower grain prices? Apparently, good harvest seasons in the US, Brazil and Argentina pose a huge price risk going forward. Let's review the price behavior of two more »

  • Playing Soft Commodities

    By Federico Zaldua - April 4, 2013 | Tickers: DBA, CORN, SOYB

    Grain prices fell strongly for a second straight day on Monday as the market learned about higher than estimated US corn stocks. It had been years since I had last seen such marked bearish behavior for soft commodities. Should investors prepare for lower grain prices? Apparently, good harvest seasons in the US, Brazil and Argentina pose a huge price risk going forward. Let's review the price behavior of two more »

  • Playing Soft-Commodities

    By Federico Zaldua - April 2, 2013 | Tickers: DBA, CORN, SOYB

    Grain prices fell strongly for a second straight day on Monday April the 1st as the market learned about higher than estimated US corn stocks. It had been years since I had last seen such a marked bearish behavior for soft-commodities. Should investors prepare for lower grain prices? Apparently, good harvest seasons in the US, Brazil and Argentina pose a huge price risk going forward. Let's review the more »

  • Natural Gas Will Help to Drive Food Prices Higher

    By Joshua Bondy - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: DBA, RJA, UNG

    Natural gas is an important input in the creation of fertilizers. Slowly America's fracking miracle is starting to come out of its doldrums and it will help to boost fertilizer and food prices. Agricultural commodities do not receive the same fanfare as petroleum, but they are still viable investments. 

    US Natural Gas Rotary Rigs in Operation data by YCharts

    With the fracking revolution, the supply of natural gas has more »

  • Buy the Commodity Boom, But Ignore Money Printing

    By Joshua Bondy - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: DBA, RJA, GLD

    There are many reasons to buy into the commodity boom. The world's population is increasing and even the UN is starting to question if this growth is sustainable. With a limited amount of arable land, constraints in agricultural inputs, concerning crop yields, and a growing demand for meat there are many factors pushing commodity prices higher.

    It is common to hear that the printing of money by the government more »

  • Agricultural Pullback Signals Opportunity

    By Nihar Patel - January 15, 2013 | Tickers: MON, DBA, CORN

    The drought is behind us, or is it? The thing about droughts is that they can actually last a very long time with interspersed wet periods. There is really no guarantee that the drought is over or that it will continue. We will have to wait to see if enough snow and water falls from the sky to alleviate the problems 2012 has caused. So all that can really be more »

  • How to Profit from the Fed´s Money Printing Policies

    By Andrés Cardenal - September 17, 2012 | Tickers: MOO, DBA, DBC, GLD, XME

    The cards are on the table; it seems like we will have large amounts of money flowing into the US economy for a very long time, and this will have important implications for global assets prices. Needless to say,it will also affect your portfolio.

    There are some real questions regarding how positive such measures will be for actual economic growth, but one effect of all this liquidity is much more »

  • Active Versus Passive Styles; Which is Best in the Commodity Space?

    By Jeff Stouffer - August 27, 2012 | Tickers: BAL, DBA, CORN

    Exchange-traded funds or ETFs have come on strong in recent years. As new entrants l are introduced to attract investor capital, issuers of the newer ETFs are looking to add some sizzle to their family to gain market recognition. One asset class that seems to have worked well in this aspect is commodities.

    Commodities are a broad label as there are numerous ways to participate in this asset class. Physical more »

  • 5 Stocks to Profit from Soaring Grain Prices

    By TS Davis - July 24, 2012 | Tickers: ADM, MOO, MON, DBA, CORN

    The 2012 drought has been hard on farmers in the United States. I know personally as the drought here in Kentucky laid waste to the second cutting of hay on my father's hay fields, which is vital to feeding the herds through the coming winter months and providing enough hay for the feeder calves that will be topped out in the feed lot. Another problem facing farmers and ranchers more »

  • Despite Market Negativity, Agribusiness Companies Keep Performing Strongly

    By Andrés Cardenal - May 19, 2012 | Tickers: AGU, CF, DE, MOO, DBA

    The chart from Yahoo Finance compares returns over the last three months for PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund (NYSEMKT: DBA) and Market Vectors Agribusiness (NYSEMKT: MOO), the ETFs that track agricultural commodities prices and shares of agribusiness stocks, respectively.

    Both instruments have been falling in tandem recently -- they usually move in similar ways, but many companies in the agro sector have been reporting very strong financial figures. Lower stock prices in more »

  • New Global Food Crisis Looms

    By Tony Daltorio - May 4, 2012 | Tickers: MON, DBA, SYT, CORN, SOYB

    Most investors are well aware of rising oil prices and often try to figure ways to profit from this trend. Now another, perhaps bigger, risky trend is underway around the world – a repeat of the 2007-08 spike in food prices. It is not an area investors should ignore or underestimate since profits can also be easily made from rising prices for grains such as corn and soybeans along with meats more »

  • Agriculture Sector: Worth Watching

    By Andrés Cardenal - January 6, 2012 | Tickers: AGCO, AGU, ADM, BRFS, CF, DE, MOO, MON, POT, DBA, SYT

    Agriculture stocks had a rough time in the last year, mostly due to weakness in commodity prices. There are some early signs that could be bullish for the sector, but it´s still too early to make a call, needless to say, too soon to commit any money. Many of these stocks have tempting upside potential, though, and they usually move quite fast. It may be a good idea to more »