Finding commodities in Datastream

In the data category Commodities in Datastream you can find the spot prices of metals, energy, chemicals, softs (like cocoa) etc. However picking the ‘right’ one can be difficult, for example a search for oil gives 5734 results.

In Datastream’s Extranet you can find Top 30 commodities benchmark series, a list of the main spot prices for a variety of commodities, like crude oil, gold and cotton.

Another option is to use the Commodities Explorer in Datastream Navigator. The explorer offers a ‘guided search’: the commodities are grouped by topic.

When you are searching for the spot price of a commodity and you also need future prices, then first request the futures and use the datatype FUI (underlying instrument) in a static request to get the Mnemonic of the underlying commodity.

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