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Market Closes - August 2, 2018
August 2, 2018
Market Closes - August 2, 2018

CBOT futures closed mixed with small price changes posted at the close. Ironically, corn and wheat closed higher, but it was near the low end of the trading range.  Cattle futures closed slightly lower with today’s trading mostly staying within Wednesday’s range. Lean Hog futures closed moderately lower, hitting new contract lows.

Market Closes - August 1, 2018
August 1, 2018
Market Closes - August 1, 2018

Optimistic trade talk lifted futures yesterday, but President Trump’s threat today of higher tariffs on Chinese imports pushed corn and soybean futures lower.  Cattle futures closed higher with Feeder Cattle outdoing Live Cattle as corn/soy futures fell about 2 percent. Lean Hog futures closed lower with the nearby August LH contract posting the largest loss.

Market Closes - July 31, 2018
July 31, 2018
Market Closes - July 31, 2018

Crop futures closed sharply higher with corn and soybean futures ending near the day’s highs. Wheat futures couldn’t maintain its gains and ended near mid-range. Live Cattle futures closed lower while Feeder Cattle posted bigger losses due to corn/bean futures moving much higher.

Market Closes - July 26, 2018
July 26, 2018
Market Closes - July 26, 2018

CBOT futures closed mixed with fairly wide trading ranges today. Following the US/EU trade announcement Wednesday afternoon, corn and soybeans gapped higher when markets opened in the evening.  Cattle futures closed much lower after trading up in the first hour of trading. This resulted in bearish outside-down days on the charts. Lean hog futures closed sharply lower after testing the higher side. Futures were pressured by a collapse in the pork cutout.

Market Closes - July 25, 2018
July 25, 2018
Market Closes - July 25, 2018

CBOT futures closed higher with wheat and corn leading the way up. Wheat soared today and is now 70 cents above the July lows and are near the mid-June highs.  Cattle futures closed mixed with LC outperforming FC. This market generally moved sideways as it waits for more direction from the cash fed market. 

Market Closes - July 23, 2018
July 23, 2018
Market Closes - July 23, 2018

CBOT futures closed mixed with mostly small price changes. Most contracts opened higher Sunday evening, but soybeans closed lower and near the day’s lows.  Cattle futures closed higher except for the nearby contracts.  Lean Hog futures closed higher on short-covering after LH hit new contract lows on Friday.

Market Closes - July 19, 2018
July 19, 2018
Market Closes - July 19, 2018

Corn, beans and wheat closed higher and at/near the day’s highs. Wheat led the market higher on ideas that some of our competitors are seeing some production losses due to weather.  Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed after trading tight ranges, especially compared to yesterday’s market.

Market Closes - July 18, 2018
July 18, 2018
Market Closes - July 18, 2018

CBOT futures closed narrowly mixed after trading mostly in relatively small price ranges. This week’s price action has been positive in that we’ve seen three consecutive days of higher closes in corn and soybean futures; the cumulative gains are around 6 cents in corn and 20 cents in soybeans.  Live and Feeder cattle futures closed strongly higher with the nearby August contracts leading the way up. 

Market Closes - July 16, 2018
July 16, 2018
Market Closes - July 16, 2018

CBOT futures ended the day from several cents lower in wheat to several cents higher in soybeans, with corn closing flat. Futures were pressured overnight but short-covering in soybeans helped corn test the upper end of its range.  Cattle futures opened higher and closed even higher in the upper part of the trading range. 

Market Closes - July 12, 2018
July 12, 2018
Market Closes - July 12, 2018

CBOT futures closed steady to higher following the midday USDA WASDE report which was generally friendly for corn and negative for soybeans. US and World ending corn stocks were forecast below trade expectations, while soybean stocks came in much higher than expected as USDA incorporated the current Chinese import tariffs into its projections.  Cattle and hog futures rebounded nicely today following yesterday’s rout.