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Commodities Are Back in Style – Linkfest (July 31)

Your daily dose of some of the best reads elsewhere on Wall Street


It’s often the case that last year’s most hated asset class or stock becomes this year’s hottest performer. Well, there has been nothing more despised over the last few years than commodities. After China and various emerging market’s economies cooled, the commodities complex — sans energy — has spent much of the last few years in the dumps. Well, it looks like that is about to change. Prices for various metals, grains and other natural resources have begun to tick up. It’s back to the future, and here’s Tatyana Shumsky at the Wall Street Journal on how some patient commodity investors are finally cashing in.

Reuters (Anupam Chatterjee): Investors are flowing back to commodity funds. Assets under management are finally growing.

Market Anthropology (Erik Swarts): Even the miners are starting to go ga-ga. Both the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) & Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL) are popping.

The Telegraph (Andrew Crticlow): Get ready to trade the ultimate must-have commodity. Water futures could be heading our way.

AgWeb (Staff): Just don’t get too cocky with your commodity trading. The Feds are starting to regulate.

FT/Ignites (Jackie Noblett): It’s not just commodities investors are digging, though. Sector ETFs are exploding in popularity.

MPI Research Corner Blog (Staff): Unconstrained bond funds are popping, too. Investors take heed.

Crossing Wall Street (Eddy Elfenbein): On the bright side, U.S. GDP was up … big.

Quartz (Matt Phillips): And the jobs report could be even better. Here’s what to look for.

TechCrunch (John Biggs): Just what we need — self-healing robots. SkyNet is coming. [Ed. note: Actually, it’s already here.]

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