Taking advantage of market gyrations could be a salve for ADM and its rivals Bunge Ltd and Cargill Inc, as they cope with the risks to exports posed by the wave of trade protectionism, analysts said. | Twitter/@XHNews photo

Trade rows spell gain, and pain, for U.S. grain exporters

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Global grain marketers have seized upon trade tensions between the United States and several of its top export markets, including China, to turn around struggling trading units following one of the toughest years ever for the industry. After five years of bumper harvests worldwide that depressed crop prices, trading margins are on […] Read more

Wheat surges as USDA says crop conditions worst since 2002

  CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. wheat futures surged on Tuesday, led by a spike in hard red winter wheat prices, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture rated the U.S. Plains crop in the worst shape in 16 years. Soybeans and corn rebounded from the prior session’s declines on spillover support from wheat and as cold, wet weather […] Read more


CME live cattle climb as cash prices seen rising

CHICAGO, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures rose on Monday as profitable packer margins and firm beef prices fueled expectations that cash cattle would trade at higher prices this week. December live cattle finished up 1.250 cents per pound at 119.825 cents after holding chart-based support at the 50-day moving average […] Read more

Live cattle mostly lower as beef prices ease

CHICAGO, Nov 13 (Reuters) – U.S. live cattle futures were mostly lower on Monday, pressured by weaker beef prices and expectations that cash cattle at Plains feedlot markets would trade at lower prices this week, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange December live cattle ended steady at 120.575 cents, while actively traded February futures fell for […] Read more


Sales of corn seed and traits, Monsanto's biggest segment by revenue, rose nearly 16 percent in the quarter ended Aug. 31. | File photo

Monsanto 4th quarter profit up as corn, soy seed sales jump

CHICAGO, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co, which is being acquired by Bayer AG , reported a quarterly profit of US$20 million, compared with a year-ago loss of $191 million, as seed licensing deals in the typically low-revenue fourth quarter lifted sales. Monsanto shares were up slightly at $119.88 after earlier touching a more-than-two-year high. […] Read more

Cattle mostly firm on short covering; big supply weighs

CHICAGO, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were mostly higher on Friday, lifted by end-of-week short covering following a decline to nine-month lows a day earlier, traders said. Futures, however, remain anchored by plentiful supplies of market-ready cattle and weak cash markets as fed cattle in the U.S. Plains this week […] Read more

CME cattle rally to 1-year peak as cash prices surge

CHICAGO, April 27 (Reuters) – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle surged to contract highs on Thursday and closed up the daily limit in most contacts on stronger-than-expected cash markets and robust demand for beef, traders said. The front-month contract hit a 13-month peak as the market closed higher for the fifteenth time in 16 sessions. […] Read more


CME live cattle drop from one-year peak, hogs rise

CHICAGO, April 24 (Reuters) – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle fell on Monday in a profit-taking setback after notching one-year highs for four straight days last week, traders said. Larger-than-expected cattle placements in a monthly government report issued after the market closed on Friday added pressure to start the week, with deferred contracts posting the […] Read more

CME live cattle sink on technical selling; hogs firm

CHICAGO, March 6 (Reuters) – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures eased on Monday on profit-taking and technical selling, although losses were limited by firm wholesale beef prices and the discount of futures to cash prices, traders said. April live cattle  closed down 0.425 cent per pound to 115.550 cents, slipping below the contract’s 50-day […] Read more