Oil Holds Gains, US Preps 'Significant' Iran Sanctions as Gulf Tensions Simmer

Oil Holds Gains, US Preps 'Significant' Iran Sanctions as Gulf Tensions Simmer

U.S. oil prices extended gains Monday, following the biggest weekly advance in more than two years, as President Donald Trump threatened further economic sanctions on Iran following the downing of a an unmanned military drone in the Gulf last Thursday.

It May Be Time to Show Some Love to the Russell 2000

It May Be Time to Show Some Love to the Russell 2000

The latest small business optimism index reached its highest point in seven months. That could be good news for the Russell 2000.

Commodities Are Intimidating: Here Are 2 Slower Ways to Play These Markets

Commodities Are Intimidating: Here Are 2 Slower Ways to Play These Markets

Options enable traders to express their opinions in market pricing without the stress and risk of buying or selling futures contracts outright.

Trump: 'Cocked & Loaded' for Iran Strike, But in 'No Hurry' After Drone Downing

Trump: 'Cocked & Loaded' for Iran Strike, But in 'No Hurry' After Drone Downing

President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. was "cocked and loaded" in preparation for a possible retaliation on Iran, but added he cancelled an imminent airstrike after considering it "not proportionate" to the downing of an unmanned military drone earlier this week.

Oil Set for Biggest Weekly Gain Since February;Trump Iran Threat Rattles Markets

Oil Set for Biggest Weekly Gain Since February;Trump Iran Threat Rattles Markets

Global oil prices jumped to a three-week high Friday, extending the biggest weekly gain since February, amid escalating military tensions in the Gulf region and the threat of potential U.S. airstrikes on Iran.

Gold Roars to Six-Year High as Rates, Currencies Tumble, Risk Appetite Fades

Gold Roars to Six-Year High as Rates, Currencies Tumble, Risk Appetite Fades

Gold prices surged to a six year high Friday, capping its best weekly advance since 2016, as investors sought safety from falling global currencies, negative interest rates and the prospect of escalating military tensions in the Gulf region.

Lockheed Martin and Kratos Are on My Radar, and I'm Tracking Gold: Market Recon

Lockheed Martin and Kratos Are on My Radar, and I'm Tracking Gold: Market Recon

As investors once again anticipate a near-ZIRP environment, keep an eye on defense names and gold.

How Fed Rate Decisions Affect Commodity Markets

How Fed Rate Decisions Affect Commodity Markets

Energy, grain, livestock and currency markets can all be affected by Fed decisions

Powell Nailed FOMC Press Conference, Ball Is Back in Trump's Court

Powell Nailed FOMC Press Conference, Ball Is Back in Trump's Court

The market is cheering for rates to be cut, but forgets they are being cut on the back of global growth collapsing, which is negative for risk assets.

Fed Holds Rates Steady; Powell Says 'We Are Prepared to Move'

Fed Holds Rates Steady; Powell Says 'We Are Prepared to Move'

The Fed's monetary-policy committee voted to keep the benchmark U.S. interest rate at 2.25% to 2.5%, but warned of risks to the U.S. economy and dropped a pledge to remain 'patient' on future rate cuts.