Fort Wayne Journal Gazette – During the first six months of 2008, commodities looked to be the savior of investors who were losing money in the stock market. In the second half, particularly for those who had invested in oil, futures contracts were their undoing.
At the start of 2009, commodities have little appeal. Most analysts expect prices to remain under pressure as worldwide demand continues to wane for basic materials of all kinds.
“For commodities to do well, they need demand and they need present demand,” said Matt Zeman, head trader at LaSalle Futures in Chicago. “Until we see the physical demand picking up, we’re going to have a hard time moving forward.”