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Soybeans trade 49 to 52 cents higher at midday

Corn futures are trading 12 to 24 cents higher midmorning. New crop contracts continue to push higher on forecasts for hotter, dryer weather across the U.S. Corn Belt. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding losses more than double with cash market decline

A $3 per hundredweight decline in cash fed cattle prices last week pushed cattle feeding losses substantially higher, while packers saw their margins improve. Rising cash hog prices have pushed average pork producer margins to more than $30 per head. FULL STORY »

Packers retain their clout, but margins slip with higher bids

Packer margins declined and feeding margins improved as cash cattle prices inched $1 per hundredweight higher. Negotiated hog prices jumped more than $6 per hundredweight, doubling profits for pork producers last week. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins drop, packer margins improve

Lower cash fed cattle prices last week drove cattle feeding margins further into the red. Beef packers saw improving margins, as did pork producers, who saw profits nearly double. Pork packer margins continue to decline. FULL STORY »

Feeding margins closer to the black, packer margins slip

A rally in cash cattle prices helped pull cattle feeding margins closer to breakeven, while beef packer margins declined. Cash hog prices also rallied, lifting pork producer margins into the black for the first time this month. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins improve, packer margins slip

Steady cash fed cattle prices and lower breakevens on finished cattle helped feeding margins improve, but losses remain on most cattle. Packers saw their margins decline, but remain in the black. Pork producer margins declined for the week. FULL STORY »

Beef packer margins improve, feeding margins ugly

Improving boxed beef prices helped beef packer margins gain ground last week, but cattle feeding margins made only minimal gains on slightly higher cash prices. Softer cash hog prices pushed producer margins into the red. FULL STORY »

Packer margins climb into the black, feedyard losses exceed $100

Surging boxed beef prices the past two weeks have helped beef packers pull processing margins into the black for the first time in months. Cattle feeding losses continue to erode as prices falter. FULL STORY »

Beef rally boosts packer margins, but feeding margins decline

A $10 rally in boxed beef prices cut packer losses in half last week, but the rally didn’t spill over to help feedyard margins. Pork producer margins improved on slightly higher prices. FULL STORY »

Beef rallies on stronger demand as “pink slime” controversy fades

Packer margins remain dismal, but low retail inventories heading into peak grilling season fueled an early-week rally in the beef trade. Choice boxed beef sold Wednesday for nearly $7 more than Friday. FULL STORY »

Soft demand keeps feeding, packing margins gloomy

Cattle feeding margins declined nearly $20 per head last week, further adding to losses on every animal marketed. Packer margins showed only slight improvement. Pork producer margins remain positive. FULL STORY »

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