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U.S. grains: Corn futures fall after hitting 14-month high

Rains expected to benefit wheat crops; traders watch China to buy more U.S. corn, soy

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade corn futures ended lower on Tuesday after reaching their highest prices in more than a year on strong U.S. export demand. Soybean futures backpedaled after hitting their highest price since July 2016 on Monday. Wheat also slumped. Profit-taking weighed on corn after prices initially rose on a

CBOT weekly outlook: After October rally, November ‘is for bears’

MarketsFarm — Commodities on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) have seen a counter-season rally, with a correction expected in the near future. “Markets are definitely overbought,” said Scott Capinegro of Barrington Commodity Brokers in Barrington, Ill. “It’s harvest and we’re still rallying.” World weather conditions are part of the driving force behind the rally,


China September meat imports slightly up on month

China imported 834,000 tonnes of meat in September, customs data showed Oct. 13, slightly higher than the previous month, as the world’s biggest meat consumer continues to stock up on proteins after a plunge in its pork output. The large volume compares to August’s imports of 832,000 tonnes and suggests there has been little impact

U.S. grains: Soybeans hit four-year peak on Chinese demand

U.S. winter wheat crop rating misses estimates

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures set their highest price in more than four years on Monday, rising for a sixth consecutive session on strong Chinese demand. Corn futures retreated from a 14-month peak hit on Friday, while wheat futures tumbled as global crop weather improved. Traders are keeping a close eye on China’s

China says corn output to grow, after fears of shortfall drive prices

China’s Agriculture Ministry said Oct. 15 that the country’s corn-planting acreage had remained “basically stable” this year and annual output was set to increase despite the northeastern Corn Belt being hit by three typhoons in recent weeks. The ministry’s comments, attributed to an unnamed official, came after Chinese corn futures hit a record high of


U.S. grains: Wheat, soy, corn futures up on export prospects

Wheat markets also focused on weather

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat, soybean and corn futures rose on Friday, with strong export demand continuing to push prices higher, traders said. Wheat notched the biggest gains, pushing back toward a six-year high on concerns about drought in major production belts, coupled with a flurry of overseas tenders illustrating the robust global demand.

U.S. livestock: Hog futures fall for third day in a row

USDA report expected to show more cattle on feed

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures fell for the third day in a row on Thursday, with traders saying they expected the recent surge of Chinese demand for pork to fade as the world’s top consumer rebuilds its decimated hog herd. “I increasingly see more attention paid to deteriorating long-term export

U.S. grains: Soy futures firm to highest since 2016

CBOT corn hits 14-1/2-month high; wheat 'was down all day'

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures firmed on Thursday, hitting their highest in more than four years, with traders citing gains in the cash market and strong export demand for U.S. supplies as supportive factors. A fast export pace also underpinned the corn market while wheat futures eased on technical selling


Cotton latest casualty in China-Australia spat

Australian barley, cotton and wine producers are now all under the gun

In the latest round of a China-Australia spat side-swiping agricultural trade, China has ordered cotton mills to stop buying Australian supplies. That word came Oct. 16 from an Australian government source and two China-based cotton traders briefed on the matter. Relations soured after Canberra accused China of meddling in domestic affairs, and worsened when Prime Minister Scott

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures mixed

CME lean hog futures ease

Chicago | Reuters — CME live cattle futures eased on Wednesday, retreating back toward seven-week lows hit on Monday after a bargain buying bounce fizzled as plentiful supplies remained the focus of investors. Feeder cattle futures were slightly higher following the front-month contract’s decline to its lowest since July 1 on Tuesday. “The cattle are