The Turmoil from High Commodity Prices

Costs are surging for everything from corn to copper. Such volatility is the raw material for world economic unrest

In the world of higher commodity prices, corporate winners and losers fall into two distinct camps. Commodity producers are big beneficiaries, their business outlooks generally strong and their ratings stable, as scarcity and worldwide demand affect everything from corn to copper. But companies that rely heavily on grain, oil, or other commodities to make finished goods face increasing costs and thus weaker profits if the slowing U.S. economy makes raising prices more difficult.

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