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 Categories of Commodities
Metals: Copper scrap, lead scrap, steel scrap, tin, and zinc.
Textiles and Fibers: Burlap, cotton, print cloth, and wool tops.
Livestock and Products: Hides, hogs, lard, steers, and tallow.
Fats and Oils: Butter, cottonseed oil, lard, and tallow.
Raw Industrials: Hides, tallow, copper scrap, lead scrap, steel scrap, zinc, tin, burlap, cotton, print cloth, wool tops, rosin, and rubber.
Foodstuffs: Hogs, steers, lard, butter, soybean oil, cocoa, corn, Kansas City wheat, Minneapolis wheat, and sugar.
 How Commodities Trade
There are two primary markets for commodity trading. The cash market is the one between producers (farmers, mining companies, oil drillers, etc.) and users (food manufacturers, jewelry companies, refineries, etc.). It is what could be considered normal business trade.
The futures market is what most traders think of when discussing commodities trading, as it is where speculators operate. The commodity futures markets, however, were formed to allow producers and users the opportunity to hedge.
 Commodity indices
There are two primary indices which track baskets of commodities. They are the Commodity Research Bureau Index (CRB) and the Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI). Both are trable via the futures market.
 New York Exchanges
 Chicago Exchanges
 London Exchanges
 Commodities Price Influences
Commodity prices are a function of supply and demand. As such, they are impacted by anything which will impact the production, distribution, or need/desire for them by consumers. This include things like:
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