List of traded commodities

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Commodities have been a subject of global trade since ancient times. Commodities have also been used for investing and for storing value. Today, traded commodities are a popular asset class, available both for institutional and for individual investors. Commodity producers and consumers use exchange trading to hedge their risks. Below is the list of traded commodities.

Agricultural (grains, and food and fiber)[edit]

Commodity Main Exchange Contract Size Trading Symbol [1]
Corn CBOT 5000 bu C/ZC (Electronic)
Corn EURONEXT 50 tons EMA
Oats CBOT 5000 bu O/ZO (Electronic)
Rough Rice CBOT 2000 cwt ZR
Soybeans CBOT 5000 bu S/ZS (Electronic)
Rapeseed EURONEXT 50 tons ECO
Soybean Meal CBOT 100 short tons SM/ZM (Electronic)
Soybean Oil CBOT 60,000 lb BO/ZL (Electronic)
Wheat CBOT 5000 bu W/ZW (Electronic)
Wheat EURONEXT 50 tons EBL
Milk Chicago Mercantile Exchange 200,000 lbs DC
Cocoa ICE 10 tons CC
Coffee C ICE 37,500 lb KC
Cotton No.2 ICE 50,000 lb CT
Sugar No.11 ICE 112,000 lb SB
Sugar No.14 ICE 112,000 lb SE
Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice ICE 15,000 lbs FCOJ-A

Livestock and meat[edit]

Commodity Contract Size Currency Main Exchange Trading Symbol
Lean Hogs 40,000 lb (20 tons) USD ($) Chicago Mercantile Exchange LH
Live Cattle 40,000 lb (20 tons) USD ($) Chicago Mercantile Exchange LC
Feeder Cattle 50,000 lb (25 tons) USD ($) Chicago Mercantile Exchange FC

Energy[edit]

Commodity Main Exchange Contract Size Trading Symbol
WTI Crude Oil NYMEX, ICE 1000 bbl (42,000 U.S. gal) CL (NYMEX), WTI (ICE)
Brent Crude ICE 1000 bbl (42,000 U.S. gal) B
Ethanol CBOT 29,000 U.S. gal AC (Open Auction) ZE (Electronic)
Natural gas NYMEX 10,000 mmBTU NG
Heating Oil NYMEX 1000 bbl (42,000 U.S. gal) HO
Gulf Coast Gasoline NYMEX 1000 bbl (42,000 U.S. gal) LR
RBOB Gasoline (reformulated gasoline blendstock for oxygen blending) NYMEX 1000 bbl (42,000 U.S. gal) RB
Propane NYMEX 1000 bbl (42,000 U.S. gal) PN
Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) ZCE 5 Tons TA

Precious metals[edit]

Commodity Unit Currency Main Exchange
Gold troy ounce USD ($) COMEX
Platinum troy ounce USD ($) COMEX
Palladium troy ounce USD ($) COMEX
Silver troy ounce USD ($) COMEX

Industrial metals[edit]

Commodity Unit Currency Main Exchange
Copper Metric Ton USD ($) London Metal Exchange, New York
Lead Metric Ton USD ($) London Metal Exchange
Zinc Metric Ton USD ($) London Metal Exchange
Tin Metric Ton USD ($) London Metal Exchange
Aluminium Metric Ton USD ($) London Metal Exchange, New York
Aluminium alloy Metric Ton USD ($) London Metal Exchange
Nickel Metric Ton USD ($) London Metal Exchange
Cobalt Metric Ton USD ($) London Metal Exchange
Molybdenum Metric Ton USD ($) London Metal Exchange.,
Recycled steel Metric Ton USD ($) Rotterdam[citation needed]

Other[edit]

Commodity Unit Currency Bourse
Rubber 1 kg US cents (¢) *Singapore Commodity Exchange
Palm Oil 1000 kg Malaysian Ringgit (RM) Bursa Malaysia
Wool 1 kg AUD ($) ASX
Polypropylene 1000 kg USD ($) London Metal Exchange
Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LL) 1000 kg USD ($) London Metal Exchange

In 2007, steel began being traded as a commodity in the London Metal Exchange. On April 29th, 2011, Polypropylene ceased trading on the London Metal Exchange.[2]

Environmental commodities[edit]

In the last decade, a number of environmental commodities have been created. These include carbon offsets, Renewable Energy Certificates, and white certificates (energy efficiency credits).

Currently there are several exchanges trading in UNFCCC related carbon credits:

Commodity exchanges and regulators[edit]

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