U.S. grains: Corn soars four per cent on fresh sales to China

Chicago soy, wheat also climb

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures surged four per cent on Tuesday as news of fresh export sales to China re-ignited concerns about tightening U.S. and global grain supplies, analysts said. Soybeans followed corn higher, with worries about a slow start to the Brazilian soy harvest lending support. Wheat firmed on supply concerns and […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Rising beef prices buoy CME live cattle futures

Colder spell in U.S. Midwest, Plains lifts hogs

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures rose on Tuesday for a fourth straight session, with deferred months setting life-of-contract highs as robust demand for beef lifted packer profit margins and bolstered demand for market-ready cattle, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange April live cattle futures settled up 0.15 cent at 123.1 cents/lb., while June […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn, soy up on bargain-buying after Friday’s slump

Chicago wheat also climbs

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures rallied on Monday as commercial and technical buyers stepped in to take advantage of Friday’s steep declines, analysts said. Wheat futures firmed on bargain-buying after a four-session slide and improving export prospects. Chicago Board of Trade March corn settled up 11 cents at $5.11-1/2 per bushel, […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle end firm, led by rising beef prices

Lean hog futures edge higher

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures closed higher on Monday as support from strong wholesale beef prices and expectations of firm cash cattle prices overshadowed pressure from bearish data in a monthly cattle report released late Friday, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange April live cattle futures settled up 0.425 cent at 122.95 cents/lb. […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures drift lower on technical selling

Back months in hogs, cattle draw speculators' interest

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures closed lower on Friday on light technical selling, with the spot February contract pressured as speculators rolled long positions into forward months, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) February live cattle futures settled down 0.5 cent at 114.475 cents/lb. (all figures US$). Friday was the first day of […] Read more


U.S. grains: Soybeans to 6-1/2-year top on expectations of tightening stocks

Corn futures up, wheat retreats

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures resumed their rally on Friday after a light setback a day earlier, climbing to 6-1/2-year highs on signs of fresh export demand and expectations that key U.S. crop reports next week will indicate tightening global supplies. Corn futures also rose, hovering near multi-year highs set this week above […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle end mixed, feeders firm

Cattle take cues from pause in corn rally

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures closed narrowly mixed on Thursday with the spot February contract drifting lower in rangebound trade, awaiting direction from cash markets, while back months firmed on optimism about the U.S. economy, traders said. Feeder cattle futures rose as prices for corn, the main feed grain for cattle, retreated from […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soy, corn futures ease off six-year highs

New USDA reports awaited

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures declined on Thursday for the first time in seven sessions, pausing after concerns about dry weather in South America and export disruption in Argentina pushed prices to their highest in more than six years. Corn futures also eased and wheat fell for a second session after hitting multiyear […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Live cattle rally on fund-driven buying

CME lean hogs end narrowly mixed

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures rose two per cent on Tuesday, bouncing back from a sell-off a day earlier, lifted by speculative buying and broad strength in commodities as investors seek a hedge against inflation, analysts said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) February live cattle futures settled up 2.75 cents at 115.05 cents/lb. […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans set fresh high on supply worries, technical buying

Chicago wheat, corn also close higher

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures soared on Tuesday, climbing to fresh 6-1/2-year highs on a mix of fund-driven technical buying and worries about South American supplies, analysts said. Corn followed soybeans higher but stayed below psychological resistance at the $5 per bushel mark (all figures US$). Wheat rose about two per cent, setting […] Read more