Commentary

CBOT corn outlook: Futures to fall on crop conditions, dollar

U.S. corn futures are expected to open lower Wednesday, as the condition of the U.S. crop improves and the dollar strengthens. FULL STORY »

Block price drops for first time in nearly a month

Friday was essentially a trading holiday as market participants were on vacation in mass. Volume Friday was lackluster from a complete trade perspective. But it does appear that for a second consecutive day, sell-side hedgers funneled, or at least tried to funnel, into the market place. FULL STORY »

U.S. grain and soy review: Prices rebound on increased demand

U.S. grain futures surged Tuesday as projections for increased foreign demand fueled a recovery from steep losses last week. FULL STORY »

Corn collapses on USDA data; Class III shows vulnerable side

Spot prices held steady Thursday and, despite a sole bid in the blocks, futures prices fell. Simply put, you have to feed the bull and it went hungry yet again following days of nothing in the style of significant spot cheese price increases. FULL STORY »

Class III futures edge higher

Wednesday was marked by heavier trading volume for Class III, with more than 1,400 contracts trading hands in a modestly higher trade. While price strength was more pronounced in the September through November contracts due to strength in the dry whey market and, perhaps, a meager attempt to narrow the massive monthly spreads, the lion’s share of trading — 581 contracts — was reserved for the July contract. FULL STORY »

Block cheese unchanged at $2.13

The Class III market was active early, but took on the tone of the quiet spot market yesterday afternoon, failing to eclipse the 1K mark, trading just 954 contracts on the day. The market rallied sharply early on, led by July to Oct prior to the spot session. FULL STORY »

Class III posts modest gains

Still at a discount, Class III futures kicked off the last week of June on a stronger note as futures edged higher on 1,125 contracts. Follow-through buying from Friday, along with a reluctant push to narrow the margin between spot and futures, were the primary fundamental reasons for Monday’s advance in the nearby months. FULL STORY »

CBOT corn outlook: Higher after crop conditions disappoint

U.S. corn futures are expected to open higher Tuesday, rebounding on deteriorating crop conditions and easing concerns about Europe's debt crisis. FULL STORY »

Stable spot market boosts July/August futures

There was surprising buy side strength in Class III to close the week last week. An offer took a while to make its way into the spot market Friday, but it was the first action. FULL STORY »

Broad-based commodity weakness Thursday; dairy futures decline

Class III prices couldn’t stand up in front of another unchanged cheese spot session — you’ve got to feed the bull to keep him alive; he hasn’t eaten in a while now. FULL STORY »

Butter prices fall ahead of bearish cold storage report

Class III prices traded light volume, failing to reach the 1k mark in volume yesterday, as just 850 trades occurred and prices were lower across the board from July 2011 all the way out to June 2012. FULL STORY »

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