Market Update - April 18, 2013

Posted on Apr 18, 2013
CBOT futures are trading mixed with the soy complex the star performer, although soybean futures have just recently sold off from the morning highs. Corn and wheat futures were stronger up until 930 am CDT but then sold off and are now setting new lows for the day. There’s no obvious fundamentals that are creating this price volatility today. It may be just money flow by the large funds.

Cattle futures are little changed at this writing, with prices about mid-range for the day. Although boxed beef values firmed up yesterday, the weak economic data this morning is limiting buying. The Conference Board’s “Index of U.S. Leading Indicators” fell 0.1 percent compared to expectations of a 0.1 percent gain. The Index had risen 0.5 percent the two previous months.

Corn May -12 648.5; Jly -9 632; Dec -4 543 Bean May +5 1427; Jly +6 1386; Nov unch 1218   Meal May +6 413; Oct +1339   Oil +30 4969 Wheat May -4 700; Jly -4 703; Dec -3 724.5   KC Jly -1 746; MGE unch 799 Oats +4 382 Rice -11 1542

LC Apr -32 12655; Jun -10 12172; Oct +10 12555 FC Apr -127 13525; May -17 14072; Aug unch 14750 LH May -10 8802; Jly +47 9107; Oct +7 8122 Milk Apr -4 1762; May -4 1925  

US$ -.2% Dow -.4% SP -.5% NAS -.9% Tran unch    VIX +4.5% 17.25

WTI +.6% Brent +.9% Gas unch NG +4.1% HO +.8% Eth -.1%

Gold +.8% Slvr unch

5-yr unch 0.69% 10yr -.01 1.69% 30yr -.01 2.87% 

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Blue Grass Stockyards Cattle Weekly Summary Report for the week ending 04/16/13      Receipts:  3,445   Last Week:  5,431   Year Ago:  2,937

    Compared to last week steer and heifer calves sold 3.00 to 8.00 lower with light demand except lightweight steers 10.00 lower and lightweight heifers 10.00 to 20.00 lower with light to very light demand.  Yearling steers steady to 2.00 lower and yearling heifers sold 1.00 to 3.00 lower with moderate demand.  Slaughter cows sold 1.0 to 3.00 lower with light to moderate demand.  Slaughter bulls sold steady to 1.00 lower with moderate demand.     Total supply included 07% slaughter cows, 01% slaughter bulls, less than 01% replacements and 91% feeders.  Feeder supply 42% steers, 18% bulls, 40% heifers with 53% of feeders weighing over 600 lbs.

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