Coffee Prices Near 3 Month Low

Mar 25 5:52pm Commentary
The Ag Markets Look Weak...
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AgTech Blooms In Sunny Salinas, Calif.

Mar 25 12:52pm AgWeb
In the world of agricultural technology, all roads lead to Salinas. The Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology there now houses 31 startups, with more in the queue  ...
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Gulke: Traders See Sufficient Corn And Soybean Acres

Mar 25 5:00am AgWeb
The marketplace is ramping up speculation over USDA’s March 31 Planting Intentions report, says Jerry Gulke, president of the Gulke Group.
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Strong Prices on Ohio and Idaho Farm Auctions Today and Yesterday

Mar 24 8:05pm AgWeb
Machinery Pete reports on strong sale prices from a farm auction today (March 24, 2017) in central Ohio as well as yesterday in south-central Idaho...
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2017-03-27 Week - Hogs - Next Boom Markets

Mar 24 7:36pm Commentary
Consumer prices and healthcare bill caution. Hog oppertunity. Finding the next boom markets.
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Bitcoin Breaks Lower Than $1,000 on Growing Rift Between Developers

Mar 24 7:27pm Commodity Blog
The price of Bitcoin moved lower than $1,000 on Friday as the virtual currency continued to face a number of headwinds. The latest came from a conflict between Bitcoin’s developers …...
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The Trend Trader For Futures Trading on Monday, March 27, 2017

Mar 24 6:57pm Commentary
The Trend Trader helps to identify the current trend status of your favorite futures markets. It not only helps us to stay on the right side of market direction, but also helps us avoid those without a trend. You can even use the grid as a spread matrix too - buying strength and selling weakness. Before...
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Acreage Shifts, Feed Supplies, and Shipping Lanes This Week in the Grain Markets

Mar 24 6:33pm Markets – Real Agriculture
Grain markets had a pretty busy week as we head closer to #plant17 with more focus on any little headline to trade off of, since there’s no major changes to production or demand at this time. Canola was the biggest loser of the week, down 4.15\% since last Friday, thanks to the combination of lower oil... Read more »...
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Beef Market Update Brazils Protein Bribery Case Raises Opportunity for North American Exporters

Mar 24 5:41pm Markets – Real Agriculture
With Brazil locked in a major bribery scandal that has closed most of its export markets for beef and chicken, the cattle market scrambles to understand the full situation. Brazil is the number one exporter of chicken in the world (40\%) which means if borders are shut long term, chicken supplies will be extremely tight... Read more »...
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Worried About Drought? Here's Some Good News.

Mar 24 5:22pm AgWeb
Worried about the drought that has been slowly building throughout the Midwest and Plains over the past several weeks? Help may be on the way soon, according to AgDay meteorologist Mike Hoffman.
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E-Mini S&P 500: Canceled vote may delay pro-growth policies!

Mar 24 5:20pm Commentary
E-Mini S&P 500: Canceled vote may delay pro-growth policies!...
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Somethins Happenin Here

Mar 24 4:53pm AgWeb
I started this column with the lyrics from an old Buffalo Springfield song in my head titled “For What Its Worth”. The first two lines go “There’s somethin’ happenin’ here, What is is ain’t exactly clear…..” That was definitely the case with the health care reform bill debate in Washington! As I loo [...]...
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March 2017 Cattle on Feed

Mar 24 3:49pm AgWeb
Results and analysis of the March 2017 USDA Cattle on Feed report.
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Cattle on Feed Report: Placements Below Year-Ago

Mar 24 3:42pm AgWeb
Once again, traders did a good job anticipating what USDA's Cattle on Feed Report would show.
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Technical Selling Weighs on Soybean Futures

Mar 24 2:47pm AgWeb
LimelightPlayerUtil.initEmbed('limelight\_player\_377940'); Pro Farmer Editor Brian Grete provides closing market commentary.
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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report

Mar 24 2:46pm Commodities
Toward the end of trading Friday, the Dow traded down 0.24 percent to 20,606.58 while the NASDAQ rose 0.14 percent to 5,825.95. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.09 percent to 2,343.87. Leading and Lagging Sectors Friday afternoon, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG-ADR (NYSE: CIG) and Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM). In trading on Friday, basic materials shares fell 0.73 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ: USCR), down 8 percent, and Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SA), down 5 percent. Top Headline Finish Line Inc (NASDAQ: FINL) reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter. Finish Line reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.50 per share on revenue of $557.5 million. Analysts expected earnings of $0.71 per ...Full story available on
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Crop Insurance Company Acquisition Announced

Mar 24 2:14pm AgWeb
A change in the crop insurance world was announced earlier this week, as Producers Ag Insurance Group, Inc., (a member of Tokio Marine HCC) is planning a purchase agreement to acquire crop managing general agent (MGA) International Ag Insurance Solutions. In 2016, the Iowa-based company managed $67 [...]...
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Pete's Pick of the Week: 2004 John Deere 9660 STS

Mar 24 2:11pm AgWeb
This combine sold yesterday. ...
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Paragon Investments' Futures File: Brazil Beef, Keystone XL, & USDA

Mar 24 2:02pm Commentary
News this week focused on political moves in Brazil & Washington, affecting cattle, oil and the USDA.
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Silver with more room to run?

Mar 24 2:01pm Commentary
Flight to safety in silver and gold might be on the horizon.
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LONG Bean Oil -- Inverse Head & Shoulders

Mar 24 1:49pm Commentary
Good entry point for Long...
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P&KToday: Phosphate Prices Show Signs of Life

Mar 24 1:45pm AgWeb
Phosphate firmed sharply this week despite a pullback in urea pricing.
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Farm Fuels in Focus: Technical Setup & Seasonal Diesel Demand Face-off

Mar 24 1:34pm AgWeb
Both farm diesel and propane were unchanged this week, even as diesel demand ramps up in the Midwest.
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Grain and Soybean Futures Extend Price Pullbacks

Mar 24 1:16pm AgWeb
Corn and soybean futures faced fresh selling this week as massive South American crops weighed on the markets.
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Study: 82% of U.S. Households Buy Organic Food Regularly

Mar 24 1:00pm AgWeb
The nationally representative Nielsen study covers 100,000 households in the 48 contiguous states and reflects growing demand for organic food, according to the Organic Trade Association.
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Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline

Mar 24 12:53pm Commodities
Midway through trading Friday, the Dow traded up 0.09 percent to 20,675.71 while the NASDAQ rose 0.59 percent to 5,851.89. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.30 percent to 2,352.97. Leading and Lagging Sectors On Friday, the technology sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) and RADCOM Ltd. (NASDAQ: RDCM). In trading on Friday, basic materials shares fell 0.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ: USCR), down 10 percent, and Commercial Metals Company (NYSE: CMC), down 4 percent. Top Headline Finish Line Inc (NASDAQ: FINL) reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter. Finish Line reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.50 per share on revenue of $557.5 million. Analysts expected earnings of $0.71 per share on revenue of $550 million. Finish Line expects FY17 earnings of $1.12 to $1.23 per ...Full story available on
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Perdue Plans on Bipartisan Leadership as USDA Chief

Mar 24 12:53pm AgWeb
Nine weeks have passed since Donald Trump was sworn as the 45 th president. His choice to lead the Department of Agriculture gets his time before the Senate Agriculture Committee.
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Trump's Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Will Impact Crude Oil Spreads, Boost Canadian Economy

Mar 24 12:21pm Commodities
On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a permit to allow the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Fuel price-tracker GasBuddy has been tracking the Keystone controversy for the last several years. “While the impact on gasoline prices may not be immediately known or felt, the pipeline will allow more U.S. refiners to process Canadian crude oil and reduce reliance on foreign supply, while helping Canadians secure their energy future,” GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan wrote Friday. Could Keystone Help...Canada? According to DeHaan, the Keystone pipeline may ultimately eliminate much of the discount ...Full story available on
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USDA Maintains Food Price Outlook for 2017

Mar 24 12:14pm AgWeb
Revisions within food-at-home areas include poultry & eggs, fruits and vegetables.
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FJCTV: High-Speed Planters vs. Traditional Set Up

Mar 24 12:05pm AgWeb
High-speed planters have taken the ag industry by storm in recent years.
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Saudi Arabia Suspends Imports From 4 Brazilian Meat Plants

Mar 24 12:04pm AgWeb
Imports halted from 1 plant of BRF and 1 Seara facility.  ...
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RollinGreens Creates New Opportunities for Colorado Millet Farmers One Tot at a Time

Mar 24 11:56am AgWeb
RollinGreens has deep roots in the food business, Boulder and healthy, sustainable innovation. The name comes from the original organic food truck business in Boulder run by Co-Founder Ryan Cunningham’s parents in 1980. I met he and his wife, fellow Co-Founder Lindsey Cunningham at the recent natu [...]...
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Corn Market Seeing Attitude Change After Funds Fall Short

Mar 24 11:45am AgWeb
One good indicator of future market movement is fund action.
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Gold Poised for Second Straight Weekly Gain

Mar 24 11:36am Commodity Blog
Gold futures are trading flat to end the week amid political uncertainty in the US over the Republican Party’s healthcare bill. Gold prices are set …...
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MarketWatch: Cash Cattle Continue to Close Gap With Year-Ago

Mar 24 11:36am AgWeb
Our MarketWatch table features monthly and quarterly price outlooks, along with weekly prices for a wide range of ag markets.
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Food Prices Creep Higher in February

Mar 24 11:34am AgWeb
ERS maintained its forecast for supermarket prices to hold steady to climb 1\% in 2017.
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A Band of Rain Stretches Across the Central Plains

Mar 24 11:08am AgWeb
Two more storms are expected to follow the one currently making its way across the Plains.
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Millions of Dollars in Fencing Repairs Needed in Southern Plains

Mar 24 11:03am AgWeb
Producers in the southern Plains are still assessing damages caused by the wildfires that struck the area earlier this month. ...
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Crude Oil at Critical Junction

Mar 24 10:55am Commentary
Crude oil has been trading roughly sideways for more than two years now, between $40 and $80 per barrel. Recently, the market tested 2016’s high near $58. We noted in several publications that this rally was bound to fail and that rallies above $55 per barrel should be sold. The purpose of this piece is not to pat ourselves on the back but rather to explain the battle that takes place in the markets between the speculators and the commercial traders and define the characteristics that put us on alert for major speculative washouts like we’re seeing in the crude oil futures market.
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Opinion: Immigrants Are Boosting the U.S. Economy

Mar 24 10:50am AgWeb
The current system is benefiting everyone, according to Noah Smith, a Bloomberg View columnist and former assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook University. ...
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The Farm CPA: Why You Might Want to Use a Disclaimer

Mar 24 10:30am AgWeb
The amount you can be worth and not pay any federal estate taxes, a value known as the lifetime exclusion, is almost $5.5 million. ...
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Rail Stock Woes: Margin Management And The Law Of Diminishing Returns

Mar 24 10:25am Commodities
For railroad companies like CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX), improvements in operating ratio are always good news for shareholders. But according to a new report from Loop Capital analyst Rick Paterson, focusing on operating ratio will only take a railroad stock so far. Rails Paterson pointed out that as operating ratios continue to shrink, railroad investors experience diminishing returns in terms of earnings. “We’re experienced (old) enough to remember the days of 80 percent + operating ratios for most of these companies, and back then a 1 percent improvement was a big deal, driving about a 7 percent boost in EPS by itself,” Paterson explained. Today, with CSX’s operating ratio already sitting around 70 percent, Paterson estimates that a 1 percent improvement would only equate to a roughly 4 percent EPS ...Full story available on
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Live Cattle - April - June - August

Mar 24 10:24am Commentary
Daily Charts - Seasonal Top...
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Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Higher; Finish Line Earnings Miss Expectations

Mar 24 10:16am Commodities
Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded up 0.13 percent to 20,683.36 while the NASDAQ rose 0.54 percent to 5,849.25. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.25 percent to 2,351.81. Leading and Lagging Sectors Friday morning, the technology sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) and NeoPhotonics Corp (NYSE: NPTN). In trading on Friday, basic materials shares fell 0.07 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ: USCR), down 9 percent, and Commercial Metals Company (NYSE: CMC), down 3 percent. Top Headline Finish Line Inc (NASDAQ: FINL) reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter. Finish Line reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.50 per share on revenue of $557.5 million. Analysts expected earnings of $0.71 per share on revenue of $550 million. Finish Line expects FY17 earnings of $1.12 to $1.23 per share, versus analysts’ ...Full story available on
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Tired Of Waiting: Health Bill Still Occupies Center Stage As Vote Is Awaited

Mar 24 10:14am Commodities
Yogi Berra once said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” It feels that way now as investors wait for a health care vote in Washington. The vote—originally scheduled for Thursday—got put off until today, and it’s unclear when it might happen. Just like yesterday, the markets could be on edge until there’s some sort of resolution, but futures were trading a little higher, so there’s apparently some thought that this might get done. We’ll see if President Trump, the man who authored “The Art of The Deal,” can get a deal through Congress. Generally, the feeling seems to be that failure to pass the bill might raise doubts about the president’s ability to push through other key elements of his agenda, including those like tax reform and infrastructure that potentially could have positive effects on stocks. Many investors are impatient waiting for these plans, which the administration said would have to come after health care. Doubts about tax and infrastructure policy success would probably not go down well in the markets, which built their post-election rally in part around those promises. The health care sector fell slightly on Thursday ahead of the vote (see chart). Weakness was most evident in the health care providers and services industry, a sub-sector of health care that arguably would be the most heavily affected by any health legislation. Aside from the health care bill and some continued jitters over Wednesday’s terrorist attack in London, Thursday was a rather quiet day. In some ways, it was almost like a Fed meeting day, with few people wanting to get out in ...Full story available on
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Valuable Cattle Genetics Among Losses in Wildfires

Mar 24 10:12am AgWeb
When the wildfires tore through the southern Plains, they destroyed homes, some peoples’ livelihoods, and even genetics.
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Stock Index Futures Firm

Mar 24 9:57am Commentary
February durable goods orders increased 1.7\%, which compares to expectations of an advance of 1.4\% and durable goods, excluding transportation, were up .4\%, when a gain of .6\% was anticipated.
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Affordable Healthcare Anyone? The Corn & Ethanol Report 03/24/17

Mar 24 9:53am Commentary
The market is gearing up for round three of the great debate with the blowhards or in Chicago as we say why we call it the Windy City. I anticipate another stall or as the U.S. Marines motto besides Semper Fidelis is “Hurry up and Wait”. Regardless of the outcome having government involvement...
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Will Continued Crude Inventory Builds Keep the Bears Alive?

Mar 24 9:39am Commentary
Wednesdays EIA report saw yet another build in crude oil inventories, posting a 5 million barrel increase and renewing bears interests keeping the trade lower. Without any market shaking new news out of the Middle East and OPEC nations, futures traders are left to digest what is quickly becoming an over supplied market, and renewed selling pressures are keeping the May ’17 futures solidly below the 50.00 handle.
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Brazil's Tainted-Meat Probe Leaves World Hungry for Chicken

Mar 24 8:31am AgWeb
Major importers ban Brazil shipments after food-safety scandal.
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Big Week Ahead For April Gold Futures

Mar 24 8:30am Commentary
Gold rallied $50 from the pre-FOMC lows.
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Will Soybean Demand Flip to South America?

Mar 24 8:30am Commentary
Demand for ships moving soybeans from Brazil and Argentina to Asian ports has rapidly moved higher.
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Financial Relief Bill to Dairy Farmers Survives Challenge

Mar 24 8:21am AgWeb
An effort to provide financial relief to New Hampshire's dairy farmers strained by last year's drought survived a challenge in the House on Thursday, with some opponents calling it a taxpayer funded bailout.
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Closing the Deal. The Energy Report 03/24/17

Mar 24 7:04am Commentary
Oil prices sold off after the Trump Administration did not close the deal on the American Healthcare Act and delayed the vote until today. Oil today is bouncing back on growing expectations that OPEC will lay the groundwork for an extension of production cuts this Sunday at its technical meeting in Kuwait....
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Time to Reject the Hysteria and Embrace the Science

Mar 24 7:00am AgWeb
Farmers have used glyphosate safely for decades, but in recent years anti-GMO activists have tried to target the product - aided by a sensationalist media - because it often works in harmony with biotechnology.
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Position Evening Ahead of Busy Next Week

Mar 24 6:28am AgWeb
Grain markets are mixed as traders even positions going into the weekend. Estimates for next weeks USDA reports, and world supplies remain the focus. Outside markets continue to monitor Washington for health care vote developments.
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House Vote Shelved

Mar 24 4:35am Commentary
Yesterday the House of Representatives couldn't come to terms on the Healthcare bill in Congress. What will happen today?...
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Elliott Wave Analysis: USDCHF Aiming For 0.9776/0.9730 Region

Mar 24 3:49am Commentary
USDCHF is trading in a correction of a higher degree, a big EW triangle pattern, with price now specifically trading in final stages of this triangle correction in wave C) of E.
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AUDUSD Elliott Wave View: Pullback in progress

Mar 24 3:26am Commentary
AUDUSD Elliott Wave View: Pullback in progress...
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Trade the Markets Both Ways: 3.24.2017

Mar 24 2:18am Commentary
Learn to trade the markets from both long and short side. Check out the two auto traded systems which can be used and can be used in addition to your trading account.
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