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Emergency measures in CME cattle futures market bring support

Rarely used emergency measures to ease volatility in livestock futures provided support for the market on their first day of implementation on Thursday, making it unlikely the Chicago Mercantile Exchange will continue to use them as it was forced to do a decade ago, the last time it took such steps.

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Crop markers proved surprisingly weak Thursday night

Corn bulls may be taking profits before the weekend. Despite continued equity market strength and a more stable currency situation, as well as more evidence of Russian government moves to curtail its wheat exports, the crop markets turned decidedly lower Thursday night. Corn futures followed wheat lower, thereby seeming to reflect bullish profit-taking in the wake of this week’s gains. March corn futures dropped 6.0 cents to $4.05/bushel early Friday morning, while July lost 6.0 to $4.2025.

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Ag markets moved almost universally higher Thursday

Corn futures backed away from early Thursday highs. Surging equity markets reflect renewed optimism about the global economic & political outlook, which in turn seems bullish for grain demand prospects. Corn futures rallied significantly in early morning action, but slumped in the wake of the mediocre result on the weekly USDA Export Sales report. March corn futures close 2.75 cents higher at $4.11/bushel Thursday, while July added 3.0 to $4.2625.

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Commodity markets moved mostly higher Thursday morning

Corn futures backed away from early highs. Surging equity markets reflect renewed optimism about the global economic & political outlook, which in turn seems bullish for grain demand prospects. Corn futures rallied significantly in early morning action, but have slumped a bit in the wake of the mediocre result on the weekly USDA Export Sales report. March corn futures rose 2.5 cents at $4.1075/bushel late Thursday morning, while July added 2.5 to $4.2575.

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Buying bulls by the numbers

Beef producers will have an opportunity to participate in bull-buying workshops at four locations in North Dakota during January.

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Kentucky beef cattle market update

As I write this in mid-December, feeder cattle markets have fallen significantly from one month ago. Corn prices have increased during this time, while fed cattle futures have softened.

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A time for reflection

The holiday season is upon us as Christmas and New Years are rapidly approaching. While many of us can get caught up in holiday get-togethers and shopping for a perfect gift for that special someone, it is important that we remember the real reason for the Christmas and celebrate it in a manner appropriate for your family and beliefs.

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