U.S. livestock: Cattle futures retreat as COVID surge stokes demand worries

CME lean hog futures end mixed

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures fell on Wednesday as rising coronavirus infection rates stoked concerns about potential supply-chain disruptions and reduced demand for beef as health restrictions shutter restaurants and discourage travel. U.S. stocks dove on Wednesday as investors weighed surging COVID-19 infections and mounting shutdowns against encouraging vaccine developments. An April plunge […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans hit fresh four-year peak on tightening supplies

Soyoil helps lift soybeans amid tight world veg oil supplies; good exports boost corn

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose to a new four-year peak Wednesday, led by sharply higher soyoil and as robust demand for beans from exporters and domestic processors fueled worries about tightening supplies of the oilseed. Corn and wheat followed soybeans higher, with strong export demand giving corn an additional lift. Grains remain […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans rise to four-year peak

Corn up on export hopes, eye on South American dryness

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures scaled a four-year high on Tuesday as soaring demand from domestic users and exporters stoked concerns that already-thin supplies are likely to tighten further. Corn futures climbed for a third straight session on strong demand and smaller global supplies, while wheat dipped after two days of gains. “Soybeans […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures climb with cash market, beef prices

Lean hog futures up on short-covering

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures rose for a second straight session on Tuesday, lifted by higher cash beef prices and signs that cash cattle at feedlot auctions would trade at steady to higher prices this week. Consumer demand for beef has remained solid despite rising coronavirus infection rates that have triggered lockdowns […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures up as Wall Street rallies

COVID-19 worries remain in picture

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures ended mostly higher on Monday on spillover support from soaring equities markets, although gains were limited by worries about rising coronavirus infections and likely restaurant closures. News of a second promising COVID-19 vaccine lifted both the S+P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average to record highs on […] Read more


U.S. grains: Soybeans firm on export demand, record crush

Rising energy, equities markets give grains additional lift

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose for a second straight session on Monday, holding near a more than four-year high hit last week, on strong demand from top buyer China and data showing the U.S. soy crush pace hit an all-time high last month. The strong demand stoked worries about thinning supplies of […] Read more

Bunge lifts outlook as quarterly profit nearly doubles

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — Agricultural commodities trader Bunge Ltd. raised its 2020 outlook after reporting a 91 per cent jump in adjusted third-quarter profit on Wednesday, as strong soy processing margins and robust demand for soy products boosted its core agribusiness segment. Bunge shares rose almost seven per cent to their highest level in more than a […] Read more

Charred U.S. west’s ‘wet ashtray’ wine grapes left to birds

Reading Time: 3 minutes Reuters — Heavy ground smoke clouded Hanson Vineyards in Oregon’s picturesque Willamette Valley for more than a week following a Labour Day windstorm that kicked up wildfires across the western United States. Jason Hanson expects his crews may only harvest five tons of grapes, including his Chardonnay and Gamay varieties, down from the 25 to […] Read more


Bunge raises outlook as agribusiness profits beat Wall Street estimates

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters – Agricultural commodities trader Bunge Ltd on Wednesday raised its full-year outlook after its second-quarter profit handily beat Wall Street estimates, sending shares up more than 5 percent in premarket trading. Despite a worsening coronavirus pandemic that has rattled global markets, strong soy processing margins in South America, Europe and Asia and accelerated crop […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures retreat on supply concerns

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live cattle futures opened firm on Monday but retreated from session highs on technical selling and lingering concerns about cattle supply backups in the wake of recent packing plant closures due to coronavirus infections among workers. Prices climbed at Monday’s open in reaction to Friday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cattle on […] Read more