Visible Supply

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Visible Supply'

The amount of a good that is currently being stored or transported. The visible supply is the amount of goods or commodities that are available to be bought or sold. This supply is important as it identifies a definite quantity of good available for purchase or delivery upon futures contracts.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Visible Supply'

The price of a good is not completely influenced by the amount of visible supply. Because commodities, such as wheat, are often purchased through futures contracts long before delivery, prices are more likely to be influenced by future supply rather than what is available at that moment. In general, an increase in visible supply is considered to be a bearish signal, while a decrease is considered a bullish one.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Recession

    A significant decline in activity across the economy, lasting ...
  2. Invisible Supply

    Physical stocks of a commodity that are available for delivery ...
  3. Approved Delivery Facility

    A facility authorized by an exchange to be used as a location ...
  4. On Track

    1. A type of commodities delivery for futures contracts that ...
  5. In Sight

    A term describing deliverable grades of commodities underlying ...
  6. Delivery

    The action by which an underlying commodity, security, cash value, ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. Who sets the price of commodities?

    Commodities are extremely important as they are essential factors in the production of other goods. A wide of array of commodities ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Options & Futures

    An Overview Of Commodities Trading

    Commodities markets, both historically and in modern times, have had tremendous economic impact on nations and people. Investing in commodities can quickly degenerate into gambling or speculation ...
  2. Investing Basics

    How To Invest In Commodities

    Find out which futures, options or funds will be your perfect commodity portfolio fit.
  3. Forex Education

    Play Foreign Currencies Against The U.S. Dollar And Win

    Don't panic when the dollar drops. Learn to exploit the greenback's decline and profit from it.
  4. Active Trading

    Commodities: The Portfolio Hedge

    These diverse asset classes can provide downside protection and upside potential. Find out how to use them.
  5. Options & Futures

    Commodities That Move The Markets

    Find out how the everyday items you use can affect your investments.
  6. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Commodity Funds 101

    These funds make investing in gold, oil or grain an easier prospect.
  7. Options & Futures

    Examples Of Exchange-Traded Derivatives

    We look at some of the most common exchange-traded derivatives.
  8. Options & Futures

    Advantages Of Trading Futures Over Stocks

    We look at the top eight advantages of trading futures over stocks.
  9. Options & Futures

    Why Trading Coffee Futures Is A Zero Sum Game

    Coffee futures trading is as close to a zero-sum game as you might find in investing. We look at the risks and rewards.
  10. Options & Futures

    Avoid Future Shock By Protecting Your Portfolio With Futures

    Worried about protecting your portfolio of diversified stocks and assets? Using futures with correct strategies can help.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Price-To-Sales Ratio - PSR

    A valuation ratio that compares a company’s stock price to its revenues. The price-to-sales ratio is an indicator of the ...
  2. Hurdle Rate

    The minimum rate of return on a project or investment required by a manager or investor. In order to compensate for risk, ...
  3. Market Value

    The price an asset would fetch in the marketplace. Market value is also commonly used to refer to the market capitalization ...
  4. Preference Shares

    Company stock with dividends that are paid to shareholders before common stock dividends are paid out. In the event of a ...
  5. Accrued Interest

    1. A term used to describe an accrual accounting method when interest that is either payable or receivable has been recognized, ...
  6. Absorption Costing

    A managerial accounting cost method of expensing all costs associated with manufacturing a particular product. Absorption ...
Trading Center