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We have collected useful information and trading tools to give you more background on the commodities futures trading.

Information sources

Recommended online and offline sources of information on the commodity market (data of Ministry of Agriculture of key producer countries; reports energy agencies and meteorological offices; the reports of the commodity market regulators and key banks).

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Contract Specs

Detailed description of contract specifications for the grains, oilseeds, softs, livestock, metals, energy, currencies, indices, interest rates. Including: symbol, exchange, trading months, contract size, trading hours, cost of the contract.

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Option strategies

Basic directions and neutral option strategies (ranging from simple with a single option - long/short option Call/Put, to more complicated with 2-4 options - long/short straddle / strangle / butterfly / condor, and the combination with futures - covered Call/Put and others).

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Current reports


AGRICULTURE
Weekly reports
Monday
- Export Grain Inspections
- Crop Progress is not published in the winter months
Tuesday
- Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin (WAOB)
Thursday
- U.S. Export Sales Reports
- Export Sales Highlights
- Weekly Export Performance Indicator
- Weekly Historical Data
- Net sales of Cotton
Friday
- The Commitments of Traders (COT), CFTC
- Weekly Cotton Market Review

 

Monthly reports
- Crop Production
- World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE)
- World Agricultural Production
- World Production, Markets, and Trade Reports
- Cotton World Markets and Trade
- Grain World Markets and Trade
- Oilseeds World Markets and Trade
- Wheat Outlook
- Feed Outlook
- Oil Crops Outlook
- Cotton and Wool Outlook
- Cotton Ginnings
- Sugar Monthly Import and Re-Export Data Report Archives
- Sugar and Sweetenes Outlook
- Citrus Production
- Coffee Market Report, ICO

 

Quarterly reports
- Grain Stocks
- Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade - published in the 20 days of the last month of the season (February, May, August, November)

 

Semiannual reports
- World Production, Markets, and Trade Reports (World Markets and Trade), USDA
- Citrus: World Markets and Trade, published in January and July
- Coffee: World Markets and Trade, published in June and December
- Sugar: World Markets and Trade, published in May and November

 

Annual reports
- National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA - Acreage
- Prospective Plantings published in late March
- USDA Agricultura Projections to 2022, [pdf]
- Annual Cotton Price Statistics
- Winter Wheat Seedings published in January
- Price Reaction after Crop Reports published 10-15 March

 

 

ENERGETICS
Weekly reports
Monday
- EIA Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update
Среда
- EIA Weekly Petroleum Status Report
- EIA Heating Oil and Propane Update
Thursday -EIA Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report
- EIA Natural Gas Weekly Update

 

Monthly reports
- EIA Monthly Energy Review
- EIA Natural Gas Monthly
- IEA Oil Market Report

 

Annual reports
- EIA Annual Energy Review

 

 

Margins

Stock Index Futures
MarketInitialMaintenance
E-Mini S&P 500 (ES) $ 5,060 $ 4,600
Mini-Dow Jones (YM) $ 4,290 $ 3,900
Mini-Russell 2000 Index (TF) $ 5,940 $ 5,400
E-Mini Nasdaq 100 (NQ) $ 5,170 $ 4,700
Dow Jones $10 (DJ) $ 8,580 $ 7,800
Nikkei 225 in USD (NKD) $ 6,600 $ 6,000
S&P 500 Stock Index (SP) $ 25,300 $ 23,000
Currencies (Forex)
MarketInitialMaintenance
Euro FX (6E) $ 3,410 $ 3,100
Japanese Yen (6J) $ 3,300 $ 3,000
Australian dollar (6A) $ 2,200 $ 2,000
British Pound (6B) $ 2,035 $ 1,850
US Dollar Index (DX) $ 2,145 $ 1,945
Mexican Peso (6M) $ 2,035 $ 1,850
Canadian Dollar (6C) $ 1,837 $ 1,655
Swiss Franc (6S) $ 6,050 $ 5,500
New Zealand Dollar (6N) $ 2,090 $ 1,900
NYMEX Energy
MarketInitialMaintenance
Crude Oil (CL) $ 5,060 $ 4,600
Heating Oil (HO) $ 5,940 $ 5,400
RBOB Gasoline (RB) $ 5,830 $ 5,300
Natural Gas (NG) $ 2,063 $ 1,875
EMini Crude (QM) $ 2,530 $ 2,300
EMini Nat Gas (QG) $ 516 $ 469
COMEX Metals
MarketInitialMaintenance
Gold (GC) $ 4,125 $ 3,750
Silver (SI) $ 6,600 $ 6,000
Copper (HG) $ 3,410 $ 3,100
Palladium (PA) $ 3,960 $ 3,600
Platinum (PL) $ 2,090 $ 1,900
Grains (CBOT)
MarketInitialMaintenance
Corn (ZC) $ 1,100 $ 1,000
Wheat (ZW) $ 1,650 $ 1,500
Soybeans (ZS) $ 2,860 $ 2,600
Soybean Meal (ZM) $ 2,090 $ 1,900
Soybean Oil (ZL) $ 1,045 $ 950
Oats (ZO) $ 880 $ 800
Rough Rice (ZR) $ 935 $ 850
Meats (CME)
MarketInitialMaintenance
Live Cattle (LE) $ 1,320 $ 1,200
Feeder Cattle (GF) $ 2,530 $ 2,300
Lean Hogs (HE) $ 1,320 $ 1,200
Interest Rates
MarketInitialMaintenance
30 Year Treasury Bond (ZB) $ 3,740 $ 3,400
10 Year Treasury Note (ZN) $ 1,485 $ 1,350
5 Year Treasury Note (ZF) $ 1,265 $ 1,150
2 Year Treasury Note (ZT) $ 715 $ 650
Eurodollar (GE) $ 605 $ 550
US Ultra Bonds (UB) $ 3,520 $ 3,200
30-Day Fed Funds (ZQ) $ 440 $ 400
ICE Futures U.S.
MarketInitialMaintenance
Cocoa (CC) $ 1,100 $ 1,000
Cotton (CT) $ 1,595 $ 1,450
Orange Juice (OJ) $ 1,595 $ 1,450
Sugar #11 (SB) $ 880 $ 800
Coffee (KC) $ 3,740 $ 3,300
US Dollar Index (DX) $ 1,650 $ 1,500
Mini-Russell 2000 Index (TF) $ 5,610 $ 5,100