Saturday, August 8, 2009

Hurricane Season - the Ace in the Hole for the Market?

While hurricanes pose huge risks for cities and individual safety, they may provide another reason for commodities to rise, and inflation to arrive sooner than most analysts think. The Atlantic basin, while quiet, is warming up, and looks like it will bring its share of storms in the coming months. With the Gulf of Mexico already in the 80s (Fahrenheit), it will become a concern (as it does every late summer) to funnel major hurricanes into the major refineries and the major U.S. oilpatch. This year, this will almost certainly bring with it $80 oil, increasing prices for many commodities, and potentially, another reason for the market to move up.

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