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Friday, July 20,2012

Futures rally on Japanese hopes

by WLJ
Cash live cattle trade surfaced unusually early last week, with most activity on Tuesday and some cleanup trade on Wednesday. Early trade on Tuesday went for $111-113 live in the south and $112-113 live, $178-180 dressed in the north. Later-day Tuesday and cleanup trades generally went for $1 lower than earlier numbers.

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Friday, July 6,2012

Seasonal beef demand softens

by WLJ
The live cattle cash trade was nonexistent with bids trailing asking prices by $6 and more. In the Southern Plains, packers hoping to regain some lost margins bid $114 but were ignored by feeders who held firm at $120 live asking prices. In the Northern Plains, asking prices were $190 dressed.

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Friday, July 6,2012

USDA Weekly Crop Progress: Corn condition plummets

by DTN
last week and an 8 percent five-year average. “Silking reached 25 percent, meaning the crop continues to suffer through hot, dry conditions during critical maturation,” Sanow said. “This, combined with the worsening condition ratings, point to a national yield well below USDA’s 166 bushels per acre (bpa),.

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Friday, June 8,2012

Gas, diesel prices drop nationwide

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the national average for both regular gas and on-highway diesel are down from week-to-week and year-to-year levels. This downtrend could be a litmus test for slowing domestic and global economic growth and reduced consumer confidence.

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Friday, June 8,2012

Futures fluctuate with outside markets

by WLJ
Cash fed cattle buyers were slow to action last week, with no bids offered until late Tuesday. Even then, they were sporadic and poorly defined. By Wednesday, bids and asking prices were again separated by $5-7 dollars with bids of $118 live in the Southern Plains in the face of $123 offers.

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Friday, June 8,2012

Agriculture considered the

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
USDA released its midyear Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade report at the end of May. The report upped export expectations for the 2012 fiscal year (FY12) by $3.5 billion relative to the earlier February forecast. Even at $134.5 billion, this year’s projected exports are $2.

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Friday, June 1,2012

Futures oppose cutout, confuse the marketplace

by WLJ
Light and sporadic trading occurred in the cash fed cattle markets by midday Thursday, none of it sufficient to establish a trend. Asking prices of $122-123 live and $195-196 dressed were unmet by bids at the beginning of the short week. When bids did develop, they trailed asking prices by roughly $5 in both areas.

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Friday, May 25,2012

Cold storage report chills futures

by WLJ
The cash cattle trade developed with moderate activity in the south Plains on Wednesday. Texas and Kansas saw roughly 30,000 head sell at $121 live. Analysts anticipate Wednesday saw most of the southern trade, though low volume suggested possible clean-up sales throughout the rest of the week.

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Friday, May 18,2012

Futures rally on cattle on feed predictions

by WLJ
Again, the cash fed cattle markets remained immobile until Friday. Bids trailed asking prices by $3-$5 in most cases and up to $9 in more extreme cases. Asking prices stayed steady for live cattle at $122-123 in the south Plains and ranged from $194-197 dressed in the north.

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Friday, May 18,2012

Beef imports gain in first quarter while exports fall behind

by WLJ
is available for export. U.S. beef production is expected to be 5 and 8 percent lower in the third and fourth quarters of 2012, and exports are expected to be 9 percent and 6 percent lower in those quarters. Beef export levels in 2013 are expected to be only slightly (1 percent) below forecast 2012 levels, at 2.

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