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Closing Bell Wrap-Up: Bullish Hogs and Cattle

Trading was muted today with U.S. equity markets and the Federal government closed in remembrance of former President George H. W. Bush. The CME’s agricultural markets remained open, however, for what amounted to dull, low-volume trading.  Despite the slow day, there was growing optimism that China may soon act upon the still-nebulous G-20 “agreement” to buy U.S. ag and energy products, among other goods. Rumors are circulating that China may soon procure both soybeans and corn from the U.S. Despite the markets typical “buy the rumor” reaction to Chinese news, the markets were only slightly interested today.  Corn March corn lost ½ cent after trading a 3 ½ cent range. The market clear...

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