BAL 
$61.00  0.29%  
CANE 
$12.16  1.18%  
JO 
$54.00  1.22%  
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$36.29  1.65%  
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$91.63  0.74%  
^UGA-IV 
$72.23  1.44%  
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$14.14  5.04%  
USO 
$81.08  0.55%  
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$63.95  0.02%  
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$119.75  0.04%  
FXC 
$71.08  0.10%  
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$98.20  0.03%  
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$97.50  0.14%  
FXY 
$60.08  0.60%  
UUP 
$28.88  0.14%  
CORN 
$19.80  0.60%  
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$24.66  1.00%  
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$5.31  0.74%  
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$19.56  1.24%  
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$218.81  0.89%  

Corn Price Consolidates Before Major USDA Reports.

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Grain and Livestock Markets Gear Up for USDA Reports and End of Quarter. Grains show mostly upward movement, with soybeans tracking soybean oil, while corn lags behind. Wheat prices are influenced by the development of war premiums. Market positioning ahead of the quarter-end and upcoming reports is also evident. Early trading sees cattle prices decline, reacting to bearish placements highlighted in the Cattle on Feed report, while hog prices witness short covering despite ending the week lower. Kent Beadle provides further insights.

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Mixed Futures Market Overview

In the early trading session, futures exhibit a mixed pattern, with cattle on the decline while hogs show gains. Grains, primarily soybeans, lean towards higher values, albeit with minor losses in the corn market.

Soybean Market Analysis

Soybean prices trend slightly higher in the morning session, possibly influenced by gains in the soybean oil market. The rise in soybean oil prices correlates with firmness observed in the Malaysian palm oil market, driven by concerns over production and robust demand.

Technical Factors and Fund Activity

Technical indicators show soybean prices surpassing the 50-day moving average in the May contract, potentially indicating end-of-month and end-of-quarter short covering by funds. The recent rally in soybean prices aligns with increased buying interest from the renewable diesel sector.

Assessment of Wheat and Corn Markets

Wheat markets receive support from factors like lower Russian wheat prices and cold temperatures in the Southern Plains. Conversely, corn prices struggle to gain momentum, facing resistance from key moving averages amid sideways trading patterns.

Anticipation for USDA Crop Report

Market attention shifts to the upcoming USDA crop report, particularly the prospective plantings report. Private estimates suggest potential variations from the USDA’s initial projections, influenced by recent weather conditions and profitability concerns among farmers.

Cattle and Hog Market Dynamics

The cattle market experiences volatility, with recent reports indicating bearish placements. However, the market shows resilience, with prices recovering from early losses. Similarly, hog prices see fluctuations, with speculative liquidation impacting market sentiment.

The risk of loss in trading futures and/or options is substantial and each investor and/or trader must consider whether this is a suitable investment. Past performance, whether actual or indicated by simulated historical tests of strategies, is not indicative of future results

.https://www.agweb.com/markets/market-analysis/grain-and-livestock-markets-gear-usda-reports-and-end-quarter

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