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U.S. livestock: Cattle, hogs dive as coronavirus rattles markets

April live cattle, most feeder contracts close limit-down

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange cattle and hog futures plunged on Monday as a surge of coronavirus cases beyond China stoked fears of U.S. meat export delays and slower global economic growth. The actively-traded April live cattle contract and nearly all feeder cattle contracts closed down by their daily trading limits, triggering expanded […] Read more

ICE weekly outlook: Canola values stuck in a range

MarketsFarm — Canola prices came off of the long weekend in the green, but quickly gave back those gains at midweek, remaining stagnant and rangebound. While rail blockades across the country have hampered rail activity and backed up grain shipments, cold weather has slowed down farmer movement for canola. That has insulated canola prices from […] Read more



North American hog markets wracked by coronavirus

MarketsFarm — Besides shutting down entire cities and killing more than 1,000 people, China’s novel coronavirus outbreak has wreaked havoc on North America’s hog futures. “It’s a dubious relationship, but it is impacting markets,” said Tyler Fulton, risk management director for Hams Marketing Services in Winnipeg. Lean hog futures moved “in concert with drops in […] Read more



ICE weekly outlook: Canola values steady after losses

Weaker loonie supportive for canola

MarketsFarm — Canola prices started the week plagued by reports of the rapidly-spreading coronavirus in China, but managed to shake off some of that resistance. At midweek, nearby ICE Futures canola contracts were between $461 and $470, after falling by over $8 on Monday. Crush margins have maintained strength, which supported canola values. Crush margins […] Read more



The Federal Reserve’s influence on cattle prices

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

The U.S. Federal Reserve cut its key benchmark rate by 25 basis points on October 30, bringing its lending rate to the range of 1.50 per cent to 1.75 per cent. This was the third rate cut since July and it appears that Federal Reserve Chairman Powell will wait for further economic data before making […] Read more