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Block cheese at 3-year high; butter softens again

As was the case last week, Class III futures and the spot market continued to see their gap widen Monday. With $2.11 block cheese, futures seem rather exhausted and content to now trade a discount to spot after the recent sharp rally. With blocks up 6 cents and barrels up 9, futures settled mixed with June through August up 4 to 17 cents and September through December down 5 to 14. FULL STORY »

CME spot blocks post 2011 high on Friday

Class III futures closed out the week on a mixed note despite a very sharp jump in the spot markets. Settlements were mixed from +6 to -15 all the way through December 2012, and volume was extremely heavy with 2,642 trades. FULL STORY »

Class III lower despite higher CME spot cheese prices

One thing seems certain at this point, and that is technically the Class III market is overbought and it appeared throughout the day that futures wanted to move lower but were struggling to find a strong reason for doing so. FULL STORY »

Dairy month starts on firm footing

Class III futures continued to steam ahead to the upside yesterday on heavy volume. More than 2,400 contracts traded hands as follow-through buying from Tuesday’s day session spilled overnight and continued well into the trade Wednesday. FULL STORY »

Class III spikes higher to end May

Following the long holiday weekend, the spot markets jumped up 6 cents on the blocks to $1.87 and 5.25 cents on the barrels to $1.87. FULL STORY »

CME spot cheese continues to gain ground

We finally welcomed summer with open arms as temperature gauges posted highs in the 80s across much of the Midwest on Memorial Day. The holiday heat was in stark contrast to the mid-60 degree weather and flash-flooding rainstorms endured on Saturday and Sunday (1 to 2.5 inches from Southeast Iowa to Northeast Illinois). Summer weather is under way and that is positive for crop farmers here. FULL STORY »

Block cheese closes at $1.7875

Thursday was more or less a day of trading consolidation for Class III. After opening with a slightly weak tone, the trade firmed up and closed modestly higher well into 2012 on a moderate volume of 1,334 contracts. FULL STORY »

First cheese sale at CME in a week

June was the only big Class III mover in futures price yesterday, having gained 36 cents alongside a spot cheese market that continued an aggressive move higher. The market is showing signs of believing cheese price will move higher by adding premium in June, but also showing its doubts of long-term sustainability by trading mixed beyond the month of June. FULL STORY »

Class III bounces on spot bids and butter barn burner

Another thousand-plus trading session and this time encouraged by a strong sport session, prices once again continued their rally. Monday we saw the nervousness of buyers, selling at the concern cheese didn’t rally enough. Yesterday we saw their conviction. FULL STORY »

Class III turns lower, butter heads skyward

After opening sharply higher on heavy volume Sunday night, the Class III rally that posted new contract highs from June 2011 through March 2012 failed by mid-day Monday after uncertainty of Chicago Mercantile Exchange cash session activity gave way to only modest gains. The CME spot market was all bark and no bite as bids raised the price of blocks and barrels up .50 and .25, respectively. That was not enough support to warrant the kind of gains we saw in the overnight futures session and with that both speculative and producer selling ensued. Prices retreated from their fresh highs closing +.01 to -.18 cents in 2011 on a more moderate 1,214 contract volume. FULL STORY »

Class III rally leaves spot prices behind

There was a lot of volatility on class III futures during Friday’s session but the movement was all up, with prices higher on the day. Huge volume traded with 2,500 contracts on the day; prices were sharply higher throughout the morning with July at one point trading 64 higher to 19.00 before pulling back into the spot session with prices 10 to 30 higher. After spot traded up through 1.70 and closed with no trades and no offers for a short time it looked as though prices would hold their pre spot levels but steady buying throughout the remainder of the session pushed prices with 21- to 60-cent gains from June through November. FULL STORY »

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