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Recent articles by Myra:

Natural Gas Posts Biggest Monthly Gain in More Than a Decade

Strong demand for natural gas-fired power generation significantly cut U.S. supplies in storage. → Read More

Silver Prices Are Soaring. Why the Metal Is Still Undervalued.

Silver prices are rising because of a fear of inflation and uncertainty over when the global economy will recover. → Read More

Corn Prices Could Drop to Their Lowest Levels in More Than a Decade, Hurting Producers

Corn prices are falling as weakness in demand for gasoline pushes the cost of ethanol toward record lows. → Read More

A ‘Perfect Storm’ for Natural Gas May Keep Prices Low for Some Time

Natural gas prices are a victim of growing supplies, warmer than usual weather, and falling demand, analysts say. → Read More

Jet-Fuel Prices Plummet as Coronavirus Feeds Travel Fears

Global aviation will be hit hard across Asia and take months to get back in shape, one analyst says. → Read More

Oil Prices Are Slumping. The Market Fears the Worst of Coronavirus Is ‘Yet to Come’

There is concern about the virus indirectly leading to economic slowdown in China as the nation contributes to more than a quarter of the growth in global oil demand, experts say. → Read More

The Auto Industry Faces Stricter Emissions Regulation. That’s Fueling 2 Commodities Higher.

Demand from the auto industry has increased as a result of tightening emissions legislation, most notably in China. The majority of the world’s palladium and rhodium supplies are used in autos for catalytic converters, which control exhaust emissions. → Read More

Gas Prices Could Rise to $3 a Gallon This Year — Even Without Middle East Tensions

So far in 2020, prices have averaged $2.58 a gallon, the strongest start to a new year since 2014, according to GasBuddy. → Read More

Silver, Platinum Missed Much of the Commodities Rally. Prices May Catch Up in 2020.

In 2020, prices for industrial metals such as silver and platinum may get a boost from lower interest rates, supportive central bank policies that increase global growth and manufacturing. → Read More

Sliver and Nickel Outshine Gold to Score Biggest Commodities Gains Since June

Silver and nickel are shaking off worries over a slowdown in the global economy to score the largest percentage gains among major commodities in the third quarter. → Read More

The Oil Market Has Calmed Down. But the Risk of Another Saudi Attack Remains

Analysts say the incident shows that a sophisticated attack can successfully beat Saudi defenses, and the market is assessing whether it could happen again. → Read More

China and Russia Are Buying Gold in Case a Currency War Breaks Out

The moves are due to concerns about the outlook for the dollar and the euro, and fears that the trade war could descend into a currency war. → Read More

U.S. Crude Oil Is Gaining on Brent Crude. Why That Matters.

The price difference between West Texas Intermediate crude and Brent crude is the narrowest in more than a year. That’s important to producers and refiners because it affects revenue. The spread also helps the market monitor supply and demand. → Read More

Commodities Took a Beating in August. September Might Not Be Much Better.

Commodities will end August with a second straight monthly loss, as uncertainty surrounding the U.S.-China trade war feeds expectations of a global economic slowdown—and demand for raw materials. → Read More

Gas Prices Are Falling Just in Time For Labor Day

Gas prices this summer have been more affected by the China-U.S. trade war than fundamentals, analysts say. → Read More

Copper Prices May Take Off as Supply Tightens

Sentiment for copper may turn bullish as the market shrugs off concerns about the slowing global economy and the China-U.S. trade war. → Read More

Low Prices Boost Hopes for Natural Gas

Cheaper fuel and a desire to reduce carbon emissions could spur demand, particularly from Asia. → Read More

Platinum Has Missed the Precious-Metal Rally. Now May Be Its Time to Shine.

Dovish monetary policies, a market roughly in balance, and industrial demand could drive platinum prices. One unlikely scenario: platinum substituting for pricey palladium in auto emissions systems. → Read More

OPEC’s Latest Move Shows It’s ‘Drawing a Line in the Sand’ on Falling Oil Prices

OPEC and its alliance partners, notably Russia, waited until the U.S. and China announced a trade war cease fire at the G20. An unknown factor in its calculation: tensions with Iran. → Read More

The Oil Market Is Approaching a Crossroads. The Next OPEC Meeting Is ‘Critical.’

The meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies in early July is coming at a particularly important and volatile time for oil. → Read More