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Crude Oil and Feedlot Rations

As Gary Blumenthal reported yesterday, efforts are afoot to put a safety net under global crude oil prices. President Trump is communicating with Saudi Arabia and Russia to coordinate a détente in their price and production war, and the so-called OPEC-Plus group, which includes OPEC members and Russia, is set for an emergency video conference on Monday. Yesterday Brent crude futures moved up 21 percent, which in percentage terms is the best day since the contract was launched in 1989. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude closed up 24 percent – also a record. The problem is the rally record is on a percentage basis and the denominator is still very small. Both contracts were down more than 50 percent on the year going into yeste...

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