Treasury bonds surged during the month of May while the 10-year rallied to its best levels since September 2017. Concerns about the global economic outlook are driving the gains, and those worries are also fueling some speculation that the Federal Reserve will cut rates later in the year. That theory will likely be tested when key jobs numbers and inflation data are released in early June.
Crude Oil failed to rebound following inventory data this week and has dropped nearly 10%, or $6 per barrel, during the month of May. It’s trying to hold a key technical support, but ongoing trade war concerns and a looming OPEC meeting might keep a lid on short-term rally attempts.
US Hog Futures prices are surging. While a swine flu outbreak tightens supplies, rising Chinese purchases of US stock are driving up demand. The trend is worth watching because, even if you’re not hogwild about trading meat futures, prices might be driven even higher by the latest developments on the US-China trade front.