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Tracking Exports

Commodity futures markets thrive on various forms of instant gratification that are capable of immediately moving market prices and providing trading opportunities. It may be important government reports such as Friday’s August WASDE, which has a history of provoking immediate, significant price movements in grain and soy futures markets, or sudden economic/political events with the potential for moving prices (e.g., China’s recent imposition of tariffs on U.S. soybean imports or Russia’s decision some years ago to prohibit wheat exports). Many noncommercial futures traders seek to buy or sell the quickly changing price movements resulting from such occurrences. Basic supply and demand fundamentals may ultimately determin...

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Mar 19 Corn closed at $3.8175/bushel, up $0.0175 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Wheat closed at $5.1775/bushel, up $0 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soybeans closed at $9.1675/bushel, up $0.09 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soymeal closed at $315.1/short ton, up $2.9 from yest...

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Communicating importance of value-added products

Facing increasing pressure to quantify the value of export promotion efforts to investors, a U.S. industry organization retained WPI to develop a quantitative model that better communicated the importance of exports. The resulting model concluded that value-added meat exports contributed $0.45 cents per bushel to the price of corn, increasing support for that sector’s financial support of WPI’s client. In addition to serving the red meat industry with this type of analysis, WPI has generated similar deliverables for the U.S. soybean and poultry/egg industries.

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