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Political Risk to Agribusiness

The Biden Administration and others have already shown their animosity toward Big Ag. Heading into 2024 the hate may grow larger. The President’s reelection campaign, and that of the Democratic Party, is threatened by voter dissatisfaction with the economy. Specifically, they are upset ab...

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Livestock Roundup: China Hog and Pork Situation

CME cattle futures have grabbed the attention in the U.S., but in China, hog futures are the focus. January hog futures on the Dalian exchange are at a new contract low of ¥14.07/kg which is down about 4 percent. March futures are down about 3 percent with higher volume and a 10 percent dec...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Summary of Futures

Mar 24 Corn closed at $4.88/bushel, up $0.0375 from yesterday's close.  Mar 24 Wheat closed at $6.4225/bushel, up $0.0875 from yesterday's close.  Jan 24 Soybeans closed at $13.1175/bushel, up $0.1625 from yesterday's close.  Jan 24 Soymeal closed at $406.8/short ton, down $1.7 f...

Hobbling AI; Chinese Spin; F2F Setback

Hobbling AI The EU has neared agreement on doing what it does best, regulating. This time its target is artificial intelligence. France and Germany were reluctant participants because they have their own startup AI companies and didn’t want to hobble them. Regulatory hobbling from Brussel...

livestock

Livestock Roundup: China Hog and Pork Situation

CME cattle futures have grabbed the attention in the U.S., but in China, hog futures are the focus. January hog futures on the Dalian exchange are at a new contract low of ¥14.07/kg which is down about 4 percent. March futures are down about 3 percent with higher volume and a 10 percent dec...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Summary of Futures

Mar 24 Corn closed at $4.88/bushel, up $0.0375 from yesterday's close.  Mar 24 Wheat closed at $6.4225/bushel, up $0.0875 from yesterday's close.  Jan 24 Soybeans closed at $13.1175/bushel, up $0.1625 from yesterday's close.  Jan 24 Soymeal closed at $406.8/short ton, down $1.7 f...

Hobbling AI; Chinese Spin; F2F Setback

Hobbling AI The EU has neared agreement on doing what it does best, regulating. This time its target is artificial intelligence. France and Germany were reluctant participants because they have their own startup AI companies and didn’t want to hobble them. Regulatory hobbling from Brussel...

feed-grains wheat soy-oilseeds

Export Sales

Export Sales and Shipments for November 24-30, 2023. Wheat:  Net sales of 356,400 metric tons (MT) for 2023/2024 were down 43 percent from the previous week, but up 8 percent from the prior 4-week average. Export shipments of 198,900 MT were down 42 percent from the previous week and 27 pe...

Market Commentary: Fewer Bears Ahead of WASDE

Confidence in short positions was slightly challenged today as traders positioned ahead of tomorrow’s USDA December WASDE. January soybeans jumped back 16.25 cents today, though not enough to offset a string of earlier double-digit losses. Thus far this week, January soybeans are down 13...

feed-grains wheat soy-oilseeds

Export Sales

Export Sales and Shipments for November 24-30, 2023. Wheat:  Net sales of 356,400 metric tons (MT) for 2023/2024 were down 43 percent from the previous week, but up 8 percent from the prior 4-week average. Export shipments of 198,900 MT were down 42 percent from the previous week and 27 pe...

FOB Prices and Freight Rate App (Updated 7 December)

Ocean Freight Comments - 7 December 2023 By Jay O'Neil Commodity Consulting As the old saying goes, “what goes up, must come down.” Dry bulk markets were not kind to Capesize vessel owners this week as that sector witnessed an historic one-day decline on Thursday. Markets seem confu...

Interactive Ocean Freight Rates (Updated 7 December)

Ocean Freight Comments - 7 December 2023 By Jay O'Neil Commodity Consulting: As the old saying goes, “what goes up, must come down.” Dry bulk markets were not kind to Capesize vessel owners this week as that sector witnessed an historic one-day decline on Thursday. Markets seem conf...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary: Brazil Rains, Profit Taking Push CBOT Lower; Cattle Find New Contract Lows

The CBOT turned red for the day with the rallies in wheat and corn fading with the December WASDE looming on Friday. USDA reported fresh SRW wheat export sales to China, which boosted wheat futures initially, but there was a subsequent sense of reluctance to exit profitable short positions ahea...

NGT Optimism; New Old Threat to Trade

NGT Optimism EU Parliament rapporteur for the Commission’s proposed new policy on new genomic techniques (NGT’s) is Jessica Polfjärd and she is expressing optimism that she can get the portfolio approved in January. She told Euractiv that otherwise it may “take potentiall...

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