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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle spiral downward as supply worries persist

Chicago | Reuters — Most Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts drifted lower on Monday on ample supplies that pressured wholesale beef values and could again hurt cash prices by Friday, traders said. Thinly traded August futures, which will expire on Wednesday, were supported by their discount to last week’s prices for market-ready, or cash, […] Read more

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Chile plans to send TPP deal to Congress this year

Santiago | Reuters — The Chilean government is expecting to send the Pacific trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to its Congress for approval by the end of 2016, President Michelle Bachelet said Thursday. The 12-nation TPP aims to liberalize commerce in 40 per cent of the world’s economy, but its future is […] Read more

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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle stretch losses to ninth straight day

Chicago | Reuters –– Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts on Thursday tallied losses for a ninth day in a row, pressured by bearish market fundamentals that offset futures’ discount to cash prices, traders said. August live cattle ended down 0.25 cent/lb., to 112.475 cents (all figures US$). Most actively traded October closed 0.375 cent […] Read more


Australia competition watchdog to widen dairy investigation

Sydney | Reuters — Australia’s competition watchdog will launch a broad investigation into the country’s dairy industry, the country’s deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce said on Thursday. The investigation comes after Australia’s largest dairy processor Murray Goulburn and New Zealand’s Fonterra Co-operative Group in April reduced their farm gate prices, or what they pay farmers […] Read more


Pettigrew tapped to help push through EU trade deal

Ottawa | Reuters — Canada has named a former politician with experience in trade and foreign affairs as the government’s new envoy to help complete its long-negotiated free trade agreement with the European Union, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Pierre Pettigrew, who served as both minister of foreign affairs and minister for international trade under previous […] Read more