After the Bell | June 7, 2022

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Corn: July corn futures rose 14 1/2 cents to $7.57. December corn rose 11 1/2 cents to $7.14. Corn futures climbed on short-covering and bargain hunting in the wake of last week’s declines, supported also by firm cash markets. USDA, its first condition ratings, rated the crop 73% “good” or “excellent,” up from 72% in those categories a year ago and about 5 percentage points above expectations.

Soybeans: July soybeans rallied 29 cents to $17.28 1/4 and November futures rose 16 1/4 cents to $15.49 3/4. August soymeal gained $8.50 to $409.80. August soyoil rose 11 points to 79.60 cents. Soybeans gained on active fund buying, a firm cash market and bullish demand news. Official Census Bureau soybean export data for April came in stronger than USDA data implied.

Wheat: July SRW wheat fell 21 1/4 cents to $10.71 3/4 and July HRW futures fell 20 3/4 cents to $11.49 1/4. Profit-taking forced wheat futures to give back a part of Monday’s sharp rally, with pressure also stemming from greater optimism for a restarting of Ukrainian grain exports amid reports Russia said two of the major ports were open for shipments.

Cotton: July cotton fell 79 points to 136.95 cents per pound and December rose 8 points to 119.88 cents. Cotton futures declined after USDA’s Crop Progress report late Monday included a large increase in the Texas crop rating, with the state’s good-to-excellent acreage improving to 27% from 20%. For the overall crop, the good-to-excellent rating rose to 48% from 44%.

Cattle: August live cattle rose $1.225 to $134.125 and August feeders rose 47.5 cents to $172.45. Live cattle rose as recent strength in wholesale beef stirred hopes the cash market will break a four-week slide. Choice beef cutout values rose $1.84 today to $271.42, the highest daily average since April 15. Movement was strong at 137 loads.

Hogs: July lean hogs rose 30 cents to $109.275. Hog futures stabilized after two straight weaker sessions with support from strong cash fundamentals. The CME lean hog index rose $1.29 to $107.34 (as of June 3), the highest since last August, and tomorrow's quote is expected to gain 46 cents. Pork cutout values fell 96 cents to $107.83, but movement was strong at over 346 loads.


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