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Vegetable Oil Volatility

Although global vegetable oil prices have moderated from their peaks this past spring, they remain substantially elevated above historic values. However, certain deviations have begun to occur between the oils, with some returning to more traditional relationships and others acting more anomalous.  Malaysian palm oil is typically the lowest priced option and it has climbed over 35 percent in value since its trough in June, which has helped drag the value of other oils higher. More recently, the value of Russian sunflower oil has been falling, losing 25 percent of its value since April, and recently dipping briefly below Malaysian palm oil. Ukrainian sunflower oil has concurrently declined in value but remains priced at around $200/MT...

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Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. was 1 percent below October 1, 2020.  Placements in feedlots during September totaled 2.16 million head, 3 percent below 2020.  Marketings of fed cattle during September totaled 1.79 million head, 3 percent below 2020. Oth...

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Market Commentary: Wheat Rallies on ADM Delivery Receipt Cancellation; Soy Complex Under Pressure

The CBOT was mixed to end the week with wheat surging to new highs and helping put a bid under corn futures as well. The soy complex was weaker due to soyoil, which was pulled lower after Malaysian palm oil futures posted a huge reversal Thursday.  The biggest reason for the KCBT rally was...

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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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Cattle on Feed

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. was 1 percent below October 1, 2020.  Placements in feedlots during September totaled 2.16 million head, 3 percent below 2020.  Marketings of fed cattle during September totaled 1.79 million head, 3 percent below 2020. Oth...

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Market Commentary: Wheat Rallies on ADM Delivery Receipt Cancellation; Soy Complex Under Pressure

The CBOT was mixed to end the week with wheat surging to new highs and helping put a bid under corn futures as well. The soy complex was weaker due to soyoil, which was pulled lower after Malaysian palm oil futures posted a huge reversal Thursday.  The biggest reason for the KCBT rally was...

feed-grains wheat soy-oilseeds

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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Cattle on Feed: Surprise (Kind of, but Not Really) on Placements

USDA released its monthly Cattle on Feed report today showing a total inventory of cattle and calves in feed yards of 11.6 million head on 1 October. That was in-line with pre-report expectations and is the second highest October inventory on record – last year was the highest. Marketings...

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