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Agricultural Funds and ETFs

The theory that commodities were a useful tool for anyone seeking to diversify an investment portfolio gained considerable popularity in the early years of the 21st century. This was based on studies indicating that commodity and equity prices often moved in opposite directions. The viability of commodities as investments was supported at the time by some well-known academic economists. That theory has not stood up very well in more recent years, and who would want to diversify their investments during the U.S. stock market’s multi-year bullish run by buying the short-term risks posed by commodity markets? In hindsight, during most of the years since the U.S. economic recovery slowly got underway, it would have been far better to hav...

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CBOT markets were sharply higher overnight after news of a pending U.S.-China trade deal. Soybeans posted an amazing 13½ cent overnight gain while corn finished the night session up 5½ cents. Wheat added 3-5 cents in similarly enthusiastic trade.  The day session saw prices m...

Turnaround 2020

The actual agricultural purchases to be made by China next year remains unclear with officials in Beijing failing to confirm President Trump’s boast about huge purchases. There is a press account citing an unnamed Chinese official oddly saying that there will be more imports of American w...

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Summary of Futures

Mar 20 Corn closed at $3.81/bushel, up $0.0325 from yesterday's close.  Mar 20 Wheat closed at $5.325/bushel, up $0.0225 from yesterday's close.  Jan 20 Soybeans closed at $9.075/bushel, up $0.0925 from yesterday's close.  Jan 20 Soymeal closed at $296.9/short ton, up $2.7 from y...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

CBOT markets were sharply higher overnight after news of a pending U.S.-China trade deal. Soybeans posted an amazing 13½ cent overnight gain while corn finished the night session up 5½ cents. Wheat added 3-5 cents in similarly enthusiastic trade.  The day session saw prices m...

Turnaround 2020

The actual agricultural purchases to be made by China next year remains unclear with officials in Beijing failing to confirm President Trump’s boast about huge purchases. There is a press account citing an unnamed Chinese official oddly saying that there will be more imports of American w...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Summary of Futures

Mar 20 Corn closed at $3.81/bushel, up $0.0325 from yesterday's close.  Mar 20 Wheat closed at $5.325/bushel, up $0.0225 from yesterday's close.  Jan 20 Soybeans closed at $9.075/bushel, up $0.0925 from yesterday's close.  Jan 20 Soymeal closed at $296.9/short ton, up $2.7 from y...

Final Hours of Policy Flurry and Fury

Congress is hitting the home stretch and policy making is at a frenzied paced. Following is a recap and some thoughts on implications. At this point, there are few details available as there are many moving parts. It will be a long weekend for policymakers and their staffs, and many long hours...

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