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Mercosur Regional Analysis

Macroeconomics With strikes and farmers meeting en masse to protest the new export taxes, the Argentine government has decided, for the moment anyway, to leave the export taxes at 30 percent for soybeans and 15 percent for wheat, corn, and barley. Even so, Congress has given Argentina’s new Presidential administration the power to increase these taxes by an additional 3 percent if they wish.  The new governor of the Buenos Aires province also recently passes a law that allows him to increase taxes further. The law came after hard negotiations and concessions by both sides. One of the most controversial provisions in the law is the real estate tax that will increase between 15-75 percent, depending on the value of the property...

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CBOT trade was mixed to end the week with wheat posting the largest moves. Wheat futures turned sharply lower as a mix of harvest pressure on cash prices and modest profit taking pressured the market. Soyoil rallied again, which helped support soybean prices while corn futures were slightly hig...

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CFTC COT Report Analysis

The attached PDF offers graphical depiction and seasonal analysis of managed money and commercial traders' net position in key agricultural commodity markets. The data is, of course, taken from the CFTC's weekly Commitment of Traders report, using the futures only data. WPI recently completed a...

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Unemployment and Food Costs

Today’s report that the jobless rate fell in the U.S. was good news that the economy is reviving. Food demand is relatively inelastic, though there can be some changes in quality. If there are impacts, they should be inverse, meaning less money to pay for food should cause food prices to...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

CBOT trade was mixed to end the week with wheat posting the largest moves. Wheat futures turned sharply lower as a mix of harvest pressure on cash prices and modest profit taking pressured the market. Soyoil rallied again, which helped support soybean prices while corn futures were slightly hig...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

CFTC COT Report Analysis

The attached PDF offers graphical depiction and seasonal analysis of managed money and commercial traders' net position in key agricultural commodity markets. The data is, of course, taken from the CFTC's weekly Commitment of Traders report, using the futures only data. WPI recently completed a...

feed-grains wheat livestock

Unemployment and Food Costs

Today’s report that the jobless rate fell in the U.S. was good news that the economy is reviving. Food demand is relatively inelastic, though there can be some changes in quality. If there are impacts, they should be inverse, meaning less money to pay for food should cause food prices to...

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Summary of Futures

Jul 20 Corn closed at $3.3125/bushel, up $0.0225 from yesterday's close.  Jul 20 Wheat closed at $5.1525/bushel, down $0.085 from yesterday's close.  Jul 20 Soybeans closed at $8.6775/bushel, up $0 from yesterday's close.  Jul 20 Soymeal closed at $289.1/short ton, down $0.7 from...

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