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Strong equities seemingly support commodities Thursday morning

Corn futures couldn’t sustain early gains. Although the big stock market surge seemed very supportive of the commodity sector, corn futures proved a bearish exception Thursday morning. FULL STORY »

Feeder margins over $100 higher than a month earlier

Cash trade plays a major role in feeder and packer profit margins this week as a $2 increase above the previous week pushes profit margins in opposite directions. FULL STORY »

Feeders can put the red ink away, margins turn positive

Feeder margins escaped negative figures last week, improving by $71.88 to average $42.88 per head. The improvement lifts feeders out of the red according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Falling beef prices turn packer margins negative

Wholesale beef prices trending lower over the past two weeks led to negative beef packer margins last week as cash prices remain steady. FULL STORY »

Feeder margins improve with lower feed costs, packer margins fall

Feeder margins are getting better and are twice as good as a year ago with feed costs more than $35 cheaper than the previous week, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Feeder margins improve despite rising feed costs, steady sales

Although feeder margins didn’t drastically improve last week, they did well in the face of rising feed costs and steady cash sales of Choice steers which remained at $123 per cwt, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Most ag markets closed rather weakly Tuesday

Corn futures reversed from early highs Tuesday. After leaping upward in response to droughty late-summer weather and forecasts for more of the same through early September, corn futures reversed sharply Tuesday. FULL STORY »

Feeder, packer margins move opposite directions

Packers saw margins move back above twenty dollars last week as cash trade remained steady and the beef cutout moved $2.75 higher. Feeder margins weren’t as lucky. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins improving on lower costs

Closeouts were a little easier for feedyard managers to digest last week, but it wasn’t due to higher cattle prices. The improvement to cattle feeding margins was attributable to lower costs – primarily grain costs. FULL STORY »

Packer margins shrink again, feeders see more red

Feedlot margins remain in the red with last week’s averages losing another $24.55 to settle at $148.49 according to the Sterling Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Feeding margins improve on lower costs, packers comfy

Lower grain and feeder cattle prices calculated against last week's fed cattle marketings helped improve feedyard margins, but closeouts remain flooded with red ink. Packer profits are coming back toward realistic levels. FULL STORY »

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