Grains close under pressure on Thursday

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Corn futures closed lower on Thursday. Corn futures were under pressure most of day on spillover pressure from the soybean market and strength in dollar index. Export sales for the week were disappointing causing futures to decline further around midday. The rapidly advancing state of 2013/13 corn harvest and news that the Argentine planting season is off to a good start were bearish for prices as well. December corn closed 9 ¾ cents lower.

Soybean futures closed moderately lower on Thursday. Soybean futures declined sharply post midday as traders continued to liquidate their long positions in the market. Today’s higher dollar index, expectations for higher soybean yields, and lackluster export sales were unfriendly for prices. Soybean oil and soybean meal closed substantially lower as well. November soybeans closed 49 ½ cents lower. October soyoil closed 120 points lower. October soybean meal closed $16.90 lower.

Wheat futures closed mostly lower on Thursday. Wheat futures lead the grain complex at midday, bucking pressure from the higher dollar index and declining prices in the other grain markets. However, prices slipped (slightly lower) toward the end of the session on spillover pressure from steep losses in the soybean market. December wheat at CBOT closed unchanged; KCBT closed ½ cent higher; MGE closed 1 ¼ cent lower.

Live cattle futures closed lower on Thursday. Disappointing weekly beef exports and cash market uncertainty pulled cattle futures lower today. USDA reported weekly exports sales 35 percent lower than the previous week at 10,900 tonnes. Concerning the cash market, traders moved with caution today waiting for cash trade to pick up. Preliminary prices are holding steady at $128 in the South and $200 in the North. October closed 60 cents lower while December closed 95 cents lower.

Lean hog futures closed mostly higher on Thursday. Hog futures rebounded to a higher close on renewed buying interest as cash prices continue to push higher. Traders and analyst alike believe the market is in a technically oversold position characterized by dramatic losses since midsummer. Traders are confident that the market is set for some form of upward correction whether it will be long term remains unknown. The market will continue to see pressure from plentiful pork supplies and declining carcass values. October closed 10 cents higher while December closed 52 cents lower, but 2013 contracts closed between 10 to 52 cents higher.



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