Few Key Points:
1)Feeder Cattle tops among all the world trading assets by gaining 20.6% year to date.
2)Interestingly 30Year Bond Yield ranks second with 18.2% due to European Debt Crisis Fear. Italian government bond yields soared to near 15-year highs during the end of November. Italian 10-year bond yields rose to their highest since 1997.
3)Gold returned 9.3% YTD but the precious metal is down about 19% from the record peak of USD 1,920.30 an ounce hit in September2011 . And to the contrary Silver with negative returns of -11% and Copper with negative returns of more than 23% in the year 2011. A pricier dollar weighs on gold and other commodities as it makes them more expensive for buyers holding other currencies.
4)Cotton and natural gas are the Top Losers and lost more than 30% of its weights. Cotton had lost nearly 37% of its returns. Chinese cotton prices already betray the strain, down 40 percent from February’s record peaks. And Interesting Cotton is the Top Gainer for the Year 2010 with more than 96% returns.
5)And On the Index Side Dow Jones had gained 5.9% Year to Date & S&P had yeilded negative returns of 0.1% YTD.
6)The euro fell to a 17-month low and analysts warn the currency could fall even further in 2012.