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Andrew Hecht

Wed, Dec 7th, 2022

Andrew Hecht

Andrew Hecht

Andrew Hecht is a commodities trader and analyst with over forty years of experience. He began his career at Philipp Brothers, the world's leading merchant physical commodities trading company, in the 1970s through the 1990s. Hecht spent two decades with Philipp Brothers working in the commodities division, Salomon Brothers division, and at Phibro Energy where he ran trading, sales, and marketing in a wide range of commodity products. He subsequently worked with banks, hedge funds, and institutions trading commodities and managing risk. The business took him around the globe to assist producers and consumers. 

Andy has taught at the university level and writes prolifically on commodities for many portals. He has been one of the top-rated and followed contributors at Seeking Alpha and other sites, including Barchart over the past years.

Most Recent Stories

The Dollar Index Moves Towards Technical Support

The dollar index rallied to its highest level since 2002, reaching 114.745 in September 2022. However, the index ran out of upside steam and is now threatening a test of the previous resistance level that...

UDN : 18.34 (+0.33%)
UUP : 28.39 (-0.32%)
DXZ22 : 105.320 (+0.25%)
Silver Can Be Gold on Steroids

The silver market attracts more speculative interest than gold because of its lower per-ounce price and the precious metal’s penchant for volatility. Aside from its role as a financial asset, silver...

SLV : 20.92 (+2.35%)
SIH23 : 22.775 (-0.64%)
GCG23 : 1,794.7 (-0.18%)
Gold Fell from the Highs- Interest Rates and the U.S. Dollar Reveal the Precious Metal’s Strength

Gold futures have declined by nearly $300 per ounce from the March 2022 highs. Meanwhile, the price action in the bond market and the US dollar index reveal the precious metal’s underlying strength despite...

GCZ22 : 1,782.0 (-0.20%)
GCG23 : 1,794.7 (-0.18%)
ZBH23 : 131-08 (unch)
DXZ22 : 105.320 (+0.25%)
The Fed Fund Rate Mirage for Retail Depositors

It is no secret that interest rates have soared in 2022. The real estate market has taken a gut punch as soaring mortgage rates have excluded many prospective buyers from the market, and home prices have...

ZBH23 : 131-08 (unch)
Grains Remain Strong During the Northern Hemisphere Offseason

The US Thanksgiving holiday is the official end of the 2022 harvest season. Farmers across the Northern Hemisphere are on a well-deserved vacation and will rest up for the 2023 crop year that starts when...

ZCH23 : 642-6 (+0.23%)
FLF23 : 2.09000s (-0.48%)
ZSF23 : 1475-4 (+0.24%)
ZWH23 : 745-2 (-0.57%)
CORN : 25.73 (+0.70%)
Crypto Winter Continues

We have just passed the one-year mark since Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies reached record highs, and the market cap exceeded three trillion dollars. Over the past year, Bitcoin made lower highs and lower...

^BTCUSD : 16,821.31 (-0.04%)
^ETHUSD : 1,228.498 (-0.28%)
BITQ : 3.99 (-2.21%)
BITO : 10.47 (-1.32%)
CME : 176.00 (-2.16%)
Meats Remain Strong

Meat prices remain strong during the winter season. Inflation has caused production costs for all commodities to rise, and animal proteins are no exception. As we move into 2023 in a few weeks, the potential...

COW : 39.38 (-0.14%)
ZCH23 : 642-6 (+0.23%)
ZMF23 : 459.3 (+0.07%)
GFF23 : 180.900s (-0.50%)
HEG23 : 86.650s (-0.32%)
CME : 176.00 (-2.16%)
Lumber Zzzzzz

Over the past years, lumber has been a wild market, with the price moving from boom to bust. Before 2018, the all-time high was below the $500 per 1,000 board feet level. Over the past years, the price...

LSF23 : 429.40s (+3.44%)
LBF23 : 535.00s (+1.81%)
Chinese Stocks and the FXI

Chinese stocks traded on the Hong Kong and foreign exchanges have been toxic over the past years. While the US stock market has been ugly in 2022, Chinese stocks and the FXI ETF product have done worse....

FXI : 28.18 (-2.15%)
BABA : 88.33 (-3.41%)
$SPX : 3,933.92 (-0.19%)
SPY : 393.16 (-0.17%)
Bear Markets Rarely Move In Straight Lines

The decline of the US bond market has been nothing short of dramatic. As the Fed transformed from soaring doves to raging hawks, bonds tanked. Interest rates have exploded higher in 2022, causing significant...

TLT : 109.47 (+2.36%)
ZBZ22 : 131-13 (unch)
$SPX : 3,933.92 (-0.19%)
DXZ22 : 105.320 (+0.25%)

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Tesla investors are becoming increasingly frustrated with @elonmusk and urge him to stop wasting time on Twitter $TWTR. This comes as $TSLA shares are down 48% over the last year which is significantly worse than the major indices and other car manufacturers like $GM and $F. https://t.co/zPAZi3fLl3
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So you want a Pivot? Not so fast! Great visual from Strategas Securities shows how the S&P 500 typically responds after a pivot. On average, the $SPX falls 23.5% over a period of 195 days. https://t.co/Ypnf94GH6Y
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Since mid-October, the stock market has rallied even as longer term treasury yields continue to fall further below short-term debt. Keep in mind that bonds are typically considered to be a leading indicator of equities because bond traders are speculating on economic trends. https://t.co/3eBwYhzJtg
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Buying crypto is like buying pet rocks says JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon https://t.co/La9MiNaazP
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Carvana $CVNA now down 98.5% over the last year https://t.co/zQ9n4kzEI9
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For the first time since 2011, the S&P 500 $SPX traded lower for the first 5 days to start a month 👀 Where is that Santa Claus Rally at? 😂 https://t.co/WTY3fDX8IX
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Stocks w/ most active options trading: $TSLA - 1.907M $AMZN - 1.703M $AAPL - 1.376M $META - 580k $AMC - 503k $BABA - 500k $AMD - 432k $NVDA - 417k $CVNA - 390k $GOOGL - 356k $BAC - 319k $PYPL - 307k $C - 280k $NFLX - 260k $GOOG - 232k $GME - 230k What options did you trade?
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% of Large Cap Stocks Above Their Moving Averages Energy looking rough on the 5, 20, and 50D 👀 https://t.co/cufhZisVgJ
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Stock Market Fear & Greed Index = 58 (Greed) https://t.co/zWnIVD83hI
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When will Air Travel return to Pre-Pandemic Levels? https://t.co/cuqr7SmPBT
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Rough 1 year chart for $AMC https://t.co/FeWGPE9KSO
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Jim Cramer warns investors that it's not too late to sell your crypto positions and that $XRP $ADA $DOGE and $MATIC could all collapse to zero. https://t.co/j30BKubXgV
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Today's Futures Heat Map Strongest: Natural Gas, Orange Juice, Lumber, Wheat Weakest: Heating Oil, Gasoline, Crude Oil, Cotton https://t.co/UsH3n4t0tS
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Stocks Under Pressure As Weak Chinese Trade News Sparks Global Growth Concerns Related Stocks: $EXPE $LUV $AAL $FITB https://t.co/4k9EphrEQ4
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4 Stock Market Morning Movers: $BABA $ABNB $MDB $JD Check out the details 👇 https://t.co/NQBvfOu2MO
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Markets Today: Stocks Undercut By Negative Chinese Trade News Related Stocks: $ABNB $PINS $BABA $AAPL https://t.co/MilVzMldgB
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Nancy Pelosi (and Paul) sold $4M+ worth of $V on November 8. Let's keep an eye on how Visa performs over the coming months. Remember that on July 26, Nancy Pelosi also sold $4M+ worth of Nvidia and since that sale, $NVDA is down 11.4% compared to 6% for $QQQ and 9% for $SOX. https://t.co/WhY5h63RRr
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S&P 500 $SPX unfortunately was unable to hold the 200 Day Moving Average and is now just above its 100 Day. Will that hold or will it fall further to the 50 Day? https://t.co/m5a3ptFCHW
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Bed Bath & Beyond $BBBY pulled a Peloton $PTON https://t.co/Pmxm2I1Q6v
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Bears are having a great year but even more so for those who are short Goldman's basket of most-shorted stocks. This basket is on track for its worst year since data began to be collected in 2008. https://t.co/136nlHmy5N
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Lumber with a nice bounce today but this 3 year chart shows that it has basically fallen back to pre-pandemic levels https://t.co/LcRjR5apc5
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7 Fear & Greed Indicators: * Market Momentum (Fear) * Stock Price Strength (Extreme Greed) * Stock Price Breadth (Extreme Greed) * Put & Call Options (Extreme Greed) * Market Volatility (Neutral) * Safe Haven Demand (Fear) * Junk Bond Demand (Fear) https://t.co/pmUfRILfLu https://t.co/d88cJceNwc
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