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U.S. livestock: Live cattle up on cash market optimism, beef demand

Hogs up ahead of USDA exports report

Chicago | Reuters — Live cattle futures rose on Wednesday for a fourth straight session, climbing ahead of Thursday’s U.S. Thanksgiving holiday as strong packer margins fed expectations of improving cash cattle prices over the next few weeks, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange February live cattle futures settled up 0.225 cent at 114.175 cents/lb. (all […] Read more

U.S. grains: CBOT wheat down three per cent

Soy, corn also sag on pre-holiday slide

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat futures fell more than three per cent on Wednesday and corn and soybean futures also slipped as traders booked profits after recent highs in all three markets, and ahead of Thursday’s U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, analysts said. Chicago Board of Trade March wheat futures settled down 21 cents at $5.96-1/2 […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Cattle futures follow beef prices, Dow higher

Chicago lean hogs end mixed

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures closed higher on Tuesday for a third straight session, lifted by surging wholesale beef prices and optimism that coronavirus vaccines could trigger an economic recovery, bolstering demand for meat, traders said. Wall Street’s Dow Jones industrial average hit a record high above 30,000 on upbeat COVID-19 vaccine news, […] Read more



U.S. grains: Wheat up on crop ratings

Corn drifts lower, soybeans down day after touching $12

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat futures climbed to two-week highs on Tuesday as a surprise decline in winter wheat condition ratings raised concerns about supplies of the food grain, traders said, while corn futures ticked lower ahead of Thursday’s U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Chicago Board of Trade March wheat futures settled up 13 cents at […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures up two per cent

U.S. feedlot data, beef prices supportive

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures closed higher on Monday, buoyed by Friday’s supportive monthly Cattle on Feed report, rising wholesale beef prices and strength on Wall Street tied to hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine, traders said. “All of the above (suggest) optimism for the meat market,” said Jason Roose, analyst and broker with […] Read more


U.S. grains: Soy touches US$12 mark on Brazil weather

CBOT March corn, wheat also up

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures climbed to US$12 a bushel on Monday for the first time in four years as dry conditions in parts of Brazil and Argentina stoked concerns about supplies of the oilseed, analysts said. Corn advanced, also lifted by worries about dryness in South America, and wheat futures followed the […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn declines on long liquidation

Soybeans lower, wheat rallies

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures declined on Monday as funds scaled back long positions ahead of the U.S. presidential election, and forecasts called for optimal weather in the Midwest, where farmers are wrapping up the harvest of corn and soybeans, analysts said. Wheat futures turned higher, rallying on bargain-buying after a five-session slide. […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Live cattle up with wholesale beef prices

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures inched higher on Monday as rising wholesale beef prices buoyed the market in light-volume trade, analysts said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange December live cattle futures settled up 0.25 cent at 108.55 cents/lb. (all figures US$). “That’s still the underlying factor — (cattle) weights are not as big as […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle edge higher in subdued trade

Chicago hogs end mixed

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures closed higher on Friday for a fourth straight session, supported by follow-through technical buying after Thursday’s strong close and brisk demand for beef, analysts said. But trading volume was thin as brokers waited for significant cash cattle trade to emerge. Fat cattle traded lightly in the southern […] Read more