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Ag Review - May 2018

WPI's monthly publication features analyses of the U.S. grain industry, U.S. soybean marketing strategies, the U.S. biofuels industry, the global outlook for farm inputs, and policy trends. It also provides a review of agribusiness stock prices along with expectations for future performance...

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Reading Trump, Again; Economic Focus; Market Signals; Iran and China Impacts

Reading Trump, Again The Trump administration’s announcement of a Section 232 investigation into automobile imports as a national security threat only reinforced the viewpoint of critics that he is a protectionist. However, the goal is not new duties on car imports but leverage to negotia...

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Market Commentary

The general grain and soy rally surged ahead overnight with soybeans and wheat reaching double-digit gains, while more timid corn futures managed to climb 3-4 cents. Speculation that China may commit to purchase a large amount of additional U.S. ag products and a list of weather concerns around...

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Cattle on Feed

USDA will release its monthly Cattle on Feed report tomorrow. Pre-report estimates from the industry peg the total number of cattle on feed as of 1 May to be 104.8 percent of last year with April placements and marketings at 90.6 percent and 106 percent, respectively, of the totals for April 20...

Reading Trump, Again; Economic Focus; Market Signals; Iran and China Impacts

Reading Trump, Again The Trump administration’s announcement of a Section 232 investigation into automobile imports as a national security threat only reinforced the viewpoint of critics that he is a protectionist. However, the goal is not new duties on car imports but leverage to negotia...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The general grain and soy rally surged ahead overnight with soybeans and wheat reaching double-digit gains, while more timid corn futures managed to climb 3-4 cents. Speculation that China may commit to purchase a large amount of additional U.S. ag products and a list of weather concerns around...

livestock

Cattle on Feed

USDA will release its monthly Cattle on Feed report tomorrow. Pre-report estimates from the industry peg the total number of cattle on feed as of 1 May to be 104.8 percent of last year with April placements and marketings at 90.6 percent and 106 percent, respectively, of the totals for April 20...

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Oilseed Highlights: Argentine Export Taxes; China’s Soy Purchases…

Argentina May Freeze Soy Export Tax Rates Argentine Finance Minister Nicolas Dujovne has proposed freezing export tax rates for soybeans and soymeal/soyoil at the current levels of 27.5 percent and 24.5 percent, respectively. Under current policy, they are supposed to decline by a half-percent...

Ag Trade Crossroads

It can be argued that the most immediate impact on prices for major U.S. agricultural crops and products that the government can cause comes from actions affecting the short-term volume of exports. The form and direction of farm policies and farm programs may have a more important long-term eff...

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Oilseed Highlights: Argentine Export Taxes; China’s Soy Purchases…

Argentina May Freeze Soy Export Tax Rates Argentine Finance Minister Nicolas Dujovne has proposed freezing export tax rates for soybeans and soymeal/soyoil at the current levels of 27.5 percent and 24.5 percent, respectively. Under current policy, they are supposed to decline by a half-percent...

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Summary of Futures

Changes in Commodity Analytics’ short-term technical indicators for grain futures should be carefully examined against long-term signals. Elsewhere, livestock futures (live cattle, feeder cattle, and lean hogs) are showing technical signals that may influence how traders should manage the...

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Closing Bell Wrap-Up

Grains and oilseeds started the morning sharply higher on weather worries and the improved trade outlook. As the day progressed, however, President Trump’s comments seemingly downplaying the progress made on the trade front weighed on the markets. Profit taking was notable today as well,...

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Export Sales

Changes in U.S. market share for global soyoil exports, along with those of soymeal, are analyzed. Results offer insight into the opportunities U.S. exporters face for the remainder of the marketing year. Developments in the corn, soybean, and wheat markets are similarly analyzed and results sh...

Clobbering Europe; Technology Downfall

Clobbering Europe EU Trade Minister Cecilia Malmström correctly expressed doubts that the latest offer to the Trump administration for avoiding its steel and aluminum tariffs would be acceptable. It is notable that Europe’s offer for better balancing transatlantic relations involved...

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