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A+ Commodity Prices

A very straightforward app, CommPrices gives you a quick snapshot of what the day’s commodities prices are, whether you’re interested in cotton, gold, oil or livestock. The app lists the most common metals, agriculture, energy and consumer commodities prices but doesn’t offer tracking or extended graphs for comparison, only a month’s worth of data in a graph. If you just want an app that will give you the current price and nothing more, it doesn’t get simpler than this. If you want deeper analysis, look elsewhere.

Free, for Android. Pro version, without ads, for $1.99.


← Those looking for a quick but comprehensive currency conversion app should consider Oanda, which easily converts between currencies and also calculates interbank, ATM and credit card rates. The app also gives a quick overview of rate details for buying and selling currency. Users can also share their rates on Facebook, e-mail them or send them over Twitter. This app is very simple. It’s not for those tracking currency exchange but rather is simply for those who want to look up a rate change on the fly.

Free, for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices.

FuturesLive Commodities/Gold/Oil Prices

← A more complex app to track commodities futures, this app lets you set portfolios for your watch list, track some data in custom charts and take notes on the commodities you want information on. You can also go into more detail to look at any previous close, day high, day low, bid and volume. What makes this app shine, though, is its news reader. The reader shows full articles within the app that users can break down by type of material, popularity and analysis so you’ll always have the latest news.

$1.99, for iOS devices.