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Agricultural Commodities

A trend following trader’s dream, this sector is a regular supermarket with everything from coffee, sugar, rice, corn, cotton, lumber and even live hogs. Yes, most super markets do not sell live cattle but this one does. All you need to know about the instruments is available in the price patterns and background information so for trend trading there is no need to try to predict the market demand for soybeans and what factors drive it. Just treat them as any other time series.

The units used for agricultural commodities are usually a mass unit like pounds or a volume unit like bushels, but with various exceptions such as feet for lumber.

NamePoint ValueUnitCurrencyExchange
Azuki Red Beans2,400KGJPYTGE
Coffee37,500LbsUScCSCE
Corn5,000BshUScCBOT
Cotton50,000LbsUScNYCE
Lean Hogs40,000LbsUScCME
Live Cattle40,000LbsUScCME
Lumber110,000FeetUSDCME
Oats5,000BshUScCBT
Orange Juice15,000LbsUScNYCE
Canola20TonsCADWCE
Rough Rice2,000CwtUScCBOT
Rubber10,000KGJPYTOCOM
Soybean Meal100TonsUSDCBOT
Soybeans5,000BshUScCBOT
Sugar112,000LbsUScCSCE
Wheat5,000BshUScCBOT

2 comments

  1. Hello Andreas,

    How do you manage the liquidity risk in futures like Oats, Rice, Cattle, Coffee because the volume is really low (sometimes zero according to the site of the CME-groupe)

    regards bart

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