Daily Reports

Dairy complex starts March on firm note

Class III started the month of March on firm footing, with April through December finishing between 3 and11 cents higher on volume of 1,178 contracts trading hands. Though short-term technical have been — and continue — to show the potential for more futures prices strength, Class III’s resilient price action amid continued bearish fundamental news is somewhat surprising. FULL STORY »

Spot cheese prices rise on CME

Block cheese saw its biggest daily price increase since Jan. 4. Barrel cheese saw its biggest daily price increase since last Nov. 15; spot butter also increased. Holiday and March Madness demand is here. And, although it might be short-lived, we are getting a bounce. FULL STORY »

Class III weak in face of cheese and dry whey buy interest

A near exact reversal of Monday’s activity occurred in Class III futures Tuesday. In spite of stronger whey prices and even higher spot market prices the Class III market finished mostly unchanged to slightly lower. FULL STORY »

Slow, short-term bottom being formed for Class III

The trend remains the same, as abundant milk production with a lack of offsetting demand increases continues to hang over the market.....Very short term, we lean toward some more weakness perhaps. But it does feel as though we are rounding out a bottom which, come April or May, could explode to the upside if we get any weather challenges at all. FULL STORY »

Class III selling slows, but downtrend still intact

The Class III market traded slightly lower on moderate volume really throughout the duration of Wednesday’s session. Slightly lower prices during the spot session as both the blocks and barrels closed lower by ½ a cent each with an offer remaining assured that prices would remain softer and that they did. FULL STORY »

Milk production, lack of bullish news pushes price declines

The consensus coming out of the Tulare dairy show from the producer community is that break-even levels, mostly from the West Coast, are around $17.00 to $17.25 and many are very nervous with nearby futures prices nearly $2.00/cwt. below that. Unfortunately, little end seems to be in sight to the falling dairy futures markets in the short- to medium-term. FULL STORY »

Block cheese unchanged on CME at $1.4875

Class III futures ended Friday on more of a mixed note and slower volume, although prices continued to drift marginally lower throughout the week. Although the spot market was stable to slightly higher on the week, slightly weaker dry whey prices as well as a lack of bullish news generally applied pressure to the Class III market with the exception of last Tuesday’s sharp “bear bounce.” FULL STORY »

Dairy markets fade Thursday, premium erodes

The Class III market showed its true colors Thursday, emphasizing its negative bias as the entire futures complex resumed its strong slide lower. Just over 1,000 contracts traded as the recently stronger 2012 first half posted the worst of the losses. April and May led the way, down 31 and 24 cents, respectively, as producers and speculators took advantage of the recent pop in prices to add to their shorts. FULL STORY »

Broad-based selling pressure extends Class III declines Monday

Class III futures traded lower almost at the open Sunday night and the weakness never went away throughout the session yesterday. Conditions looked oversold to us, but sell pressure from both speculative and farm interests kept prices in the red all day. Futures finished lower by 11 to 23 cents from March through December. FULL STORY »

News still bearish in dairy commodity markets

Class III trading volume cooled Friday as only 903 contracts traded in a mixed session. The selling pressure continues to remain within the second-half contracts, while a temporary stabilization of near-term contracts created a slight bump in prices.No contract gained or lost more than nine cents on the day, as the heavy selling of late eased into the weekend. The stepping aside of sellers could be no more than a short-lived reprieve. FULL STORY »

Block cheese unchanged on CME Thursday

More than 1,220 Class III contracts traded hands during a mostly weaker session Thursday. Much of the selling pressure early in the day was reserved for the nearby contracts, but that faded after a stable spot market session. The block market finished unchanged, while the barrels traded unchanged and finished up 0.25 on an unfilled bid. FULL STORY »

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