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Midday Update

·         The Dow Jones Industrial Average pushed above 18,000 for the first time after the Department of Commerce revised third quarter GDP to 5.0%, an 11-year high.

·         The dollar surged to its highest level since spring 2006 on the news, ignoring disappointing durable goods and housing data.

·         Crude oil prices are higher today on the stronger GDP data.

·         Commodity Weather Group’s initial look at the Midwest spring based on sea surface temperature anomalies calls for a warm, dry March to May period. However, confidence is low, based on a small number of analog years.

·         Corn futures are up 4 cents on record ethanol production amid slow farmer selling. Gains are limited by the belief that a big Southern Hemisphere crop is coming.

·         Soybeans are up 6 cents on record exports, and likely record crush, amid slow farmer selling, but gains again are limited by expectations of a huge South American crop.

·         Wheat is up 10 cents in Chicago and 8 cents in Kansas City and Minneapolis on positive chart signals, despite being over-priced on the world market.

·         Live cattle futures are down 50 to 80 cents following yesterday’s USDA cold storage report showing building beef supplies.

·         Feeder cattle futures are down $2.25 to $3.40 per cwt on a rapidly weakening cash market a sale barns.

·         February lean hog futures are up $1.425, while the April to July contracts are $0.40 to $1.30 higher following a cold storage report showing a sharp drop in ham supplies, along with position squaring ahead of this afternoon’s USDA quarterly hogs and pigs report. Product prices are steady, while cash hogs are mostly $1 lower.


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Arlan Suderman | Senior Market Analyst
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