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Three Ways to Get Into Commodities

This column was originally published on RealMoney on Nov. 9 at 1:37 p.m. EST. It's being republished as a bonus for readers.

With stock rallies grabbing all of the headlines, it's easy to miss the stealth bull market taking place in some of the lesser-followed commodities. Over the past month, wheat and corn have gone parabolic, surpassing highs set more than a decade ago.

More widely followed commodities, like gold and crude oil, have lagged behind, but as I recently pointed out , gold was starting to get some its shine back.

Crude oil, an underperformer, has been basing near support after a three-month selloff, but it appears to be headed higher now that the election is over.

So let's look at three different ways to gain commodity exposure.

Big-Picture Play

The most comprehensive way would be with the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC), an ETF that tracks a basket of six commodities. It has about 35% of its assets in light sweet crude, 20% in heating oil, 12.5% in aluminum, 11.25% in corn, 11.25% in wheat and 10% in gold. Here's a daily chart.

PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund
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Since hitting a three-month low in mid-September, DBC has been making a series of higher lows. Volume is also supportive of the price pattern, with accumulation days exceeding distribution days by about two to one since September.

DBC is now in a low-volatility squeeze, and as volatility reverts to the mean, I expect prices to move rather quickly and break out higher from this range. The first target is at $25.50, which is the downsloping orange trend line drawn from the May 2006 highs. The $26.50 level is the next area of resistance. A stop-loss should go below the most recent pivot low at $24.37.

A Smaller Focus

If you want to concentrate all your efforts into one commodity, then I believe the United States Oil Fund LP (USO), which tracks the price of crude oil, offers the greatest potential. Here's the daily chart.

United States Oil Fund LP
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