Commentary

Market Commentary: Weaner breakevens down $1.36

Weaner pig breakeven margins are down slightly due to lower hog futures, but still healthy at $106.12 over variable costs. FULL STORY »

Stock market commentary: Crisis averted

The global economy collectively breathed another sigh of relief in October. With less than 24 hours before the U.S. Treasury would have run out of borrowing room, Republicans and Democrats struck a deal that ended the 16-day government shutdown. FULL STORY »

Pork producer margins back in the black, packers lower

Profit margins for pork producers moved into positive territory last week as cash sales improved more than $2 per hundredweight, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Wean pig and swine facility insights

Breakeven price for a weaner pig was $19.18 based on closing futures prices on May 31, 2013 and the assumptions outlined here. The breakeven price is down $3.05 from last week. FULL STORY »

USMEF reports on pork, beef exports

Last year pork exports to Mexico topped $1 billion for the first time, but they are off to an even stronger start in 2012. The report also notes favorable results in Central and South America, Russia and the China/Hong Kong region. FULL STORY »

Corn and soybean close lower on Thursday

Corn futures traded lower on Thursday. Fund selling and sluggish export demand weighed on the market. FULL STORY »

CME: Commodity price changes affect profitability outlook

Changes in market prices for corn, soybean meal, cattle and hogs have driven some important changes in profitability outlooks for the various segments of the meat/poultry protein sector — changes that have some important implications about the outlooks for 2012 and beyond. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: U.S., Canada producing more pigs per litter

Canada's October 1 swine inventory survey said their swine herd was up 0.9%. The number of sows and bred gilts was up 0.2%. Their inventory of market hogs was up 1%. FULL STORY »

Oil again flirting with $100 per barrel

Oil prices are soaring again, but motorists don't need to worry — yet. FULL STORY »

CME: Livestock production boosted by productivity gains

In our discussion yesterday we focused on the expansion in global economic activity and population and whether cattle and hog supplies have increased fast enough to properly meet the growth in demand. FULL STORY »

Outside markets weigh on commodities

Corn futures are trading lower at midday, although losses have moderated from early in the session. Outside markets are pressuring prices as European debt concerns have led to a sharp rally in the dollar and weakness in the stock market. Weakness in crude oil is also dragging corn lower. FULL STORY »

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