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Markets Commentary

DTN Closing Grain Comments

Wheat Holds Firm Into the Weekend

While there are plenty of weather concerns for all three crops heading into the weekend, trading was generally quiet and results were mixed on Friday. Corn and soybeans ended modestly lower while all three wheats finished a little higher.

DTN Midday Livestock Comments

Livestock Gains Firm in Late Trade Friday

Livestock futures have remained sluggish through much of the morning Friday. But trade activity is starting to pick up allowing for wider price swings and increased volatility to develop near closing bell following sharp cash cattle gains during the week.

DTN Daily Feedstuffs Comments

Soybeans, Corn Higher Thursday; DDG Prices Firm

Soybeans and corn turned higher Thursday, in part due to the bullish weekly export sales and shipments reports.

DTN Midday Dairy Comments

Spot Prices Decline

The end of the week is not looking friendly. Spot prices declined in all categories, leaving little for traders to do except sell futures. Class III contracts through October show lower prices than the close of last week. Blocks took the largest beating Friday with a decline of 4.25 cents falling to $1.48.

DTN Daily Ethanol Comments

Ethanol Futures Mixed in Narrow Range

Light trade left ethanol futures mixed Thursday as traders countered firm corn markets against sliding RBOB gasoline markets. The aggressive losses seen in the energy markets continue to limit overall support in nearby and deferred gasoline markets. This could limit buyer summer buyer support.

DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

Little Movement in Retail Fertilizer Prices

Average retail fertilizer prices continued to be fairly steady with no significant moves either higher or lower the third week of April 2017. With the opening of Iowa Fertilizer Company's new nitrogen fertilizer production facility near Wever, Iowa, last week, farmers in the Midwest could potentially see lower prices for nitrogen fertilizer over time.

DTN Closing Cotton Commentary

Cotton Rallies Off Nine-Session Low to Finish Higher

July finished modestly lower for the week and slightly higher for the month. Mills added 1,113 lots to their total unpriced on-call position. U.S. Far East premium widened a bit.

DTN Plains & Prairies Opening Comments

Grains Narrowly Mixed to Start the Day

July soybeans are 1/2 cent higher, July canola is $.50/mt lower, July spring wheat is unchanged and July corn is 1 3/4 cents lower. The Canadian dollar is 16 basis points lower in overseas trade.

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