Investors have piled into new carbon-credit-trading funds, helping make the upstart market one of the best performing commodities-related investments of the past year.
Commodities & Futures
Producers led by Saudi Arabia and Russia plan to pump more as global rebound boosts commodity appetite.
China is tightening its grip on the global supply of processed manganese, rattling a range of companies world-wide that depend on the versatile metal—including the planet’s biggest electric vehicle makers.
Surging prices for economic building blocks have spurred debate over whether inflation is transitory or more lasting.
Executives in the cyclical business of sawing logs into lumber say they are content to rake in cash while lumber prices are sky-high and aren’t racing out to build new sawmills.
High demand for consumer electronics and difficulties shipping metal out of Asia have created a shortage of tin, pushing prices for the metal close to record highs for the first time in a decade.
Corn has been one of the sharpest risers in the broad rally in raw materials that is prompting companies to boost prices for goods and fueling concern among investors that inflation could hobble the economic recovery.
Copper prices climbed to new highs, fueled by bets on a U.S.-led global economic rebound that would boost demand for metals used in manufacturing and construction.
Aspiring miners are buying the metal like never before, a sign the market for nuclear fuel is heating up after a decade in the cold.
China’s hunger for the steelmaking ingredient has driven the price to a decade high, providing a revenue boost to Australia as it navigates tensions with its largest trade partner.
Microsoft, Royal Dutch Shell and other companies are paying timberland owners to keep trees standing in an effort to offset emissions.
Higher input costs generally accompany broad economic growth, allowing companies to pass along added expenses and fatten margins.
The move represents another far-reaching attempt to monetize Saudi Arabia’s prodigious oil assets—once considered so strategic that even a minority stake sale seemed far-fetched.
Allowing lithium to trade freely on an exchange could help shed more light on historically opaque prices for the metal, a key ingredient in rechargeable batteries for smartphones, laptops and electric vehicles.
Copper could benefit from President Biden’s infrastructure plan, but some traders say any boost to demand has already been baked into prices.
Producers have raised prices for corrugated cardboard, adding to supply-chain woes as the economy reopens.
The higher demand expected for gasoline additive ethanol could boost corn prices that already have reached lofty levels on strong demand from China.
Nearly a yearlong bull run among industrial metals is faltering as the unwinding of a stimulus in China slows demand, underscoring the increasingly pivotal role its state-led economy plays in global commodity booms.
The world’s thirst for gasoline isn’t likely to return to pre-pandemic levels, the International Energy Agency forecast, calling a peak for the fuel that has powered personal transportation for more than a century.
Prices are surging for construction materials, and builders are passing the costs to home buyers as demand remains high.