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Dairy markets: Cheese prices face pressure

In light of current milk supplies (burdensome and could get another growth spurt as the school year ends), cheese export demand (not dead, but very quiet), global cheese prices (lower than U.S.) and cheese imports (down from Q4 but well ahead of Jan./Feb. of 2014), we have to wonder if it will crack the foundation of milk prices during the second half of 2015


West Coast leads U.S. gasoline and diesel fuel prices higher

A review of the cash flow statements for 75 global oil and natural gas companies finds that annual cash flow in 2014 was similar to 2013 and 2012, which is not unexpected given that North Sea Brent crude oil prices in 2014 averaged close to their levels in 2012 and 2013 despite a sharp decline in the last quarter. Combined cash from operations for this group of companies totaled $456 billion and capital expenditures totaled $449 billion (Figure 1). Capital expenditures for the full year decreased compared with 2013, driven by large cuts in planned investment spending in the fourth quarter. Low first-quarter 2015 crude oil prices suggest first-quarter results, which will be released over the next month, will likely show steep declines in cash flow and investment spending for this group of companies.


Dairy markets: Class III, Cheese futures take a hit

Markets plunged yesterday, with another day of double-digit losses in the nearby months. The August contract saw significant declines in both Class III and Cheese, with cheese trading down nearly 6¢, on the day, and Class III slipping nearly 50¢.


Dairy markets: A matter of balance

With the American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) conference wrapping up in Chicago, market participants get back to business. The trade will be faced with balancing the industry sentiment moving forward, a weakening technical picture, bearish fundamentals and a spot cheese market that has proven to be quite resilient of late.


Dairy markets: Planting progress pressures corn

Class III and Cheese softened as futures seem to need further upside spot price justification to maintain recent gains. May closed at $16.49/cwt., down 11¢. We expect that Class III will continue to slide back from last week’s highs.


Dairy markets: Last week in review

The Class III market took a bit of a breather to close out last week after some big price movements. With the two major reports both supportive to the Class III market, and blocks up 3.5¢, May Class III futures were up 32¢; June was up a massive 65¢.


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