After the Bell | August 16, 2022

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Corn: December corn dropped 18 cents to $6.10 1/4, the contract's lowest close since Aug. 8. Corn fell on a generally favorable Midwest weather outlook and declines in crude oil. Recent weakness in Chinese economic readings and accelerating grain shipments out of Ukraine fueled bearish momentum in grains.

Soybeans: November soybeans fell 31 cents to $13.88, the contract’s lowest closing price since Aug. 3. September soymeal fell $16.30 to $435.90. September soyoil fell 110 points to 67.84 cents. Soybeans extended Monday’s sharp declines on expectations a mostly favorable weather outlook for the Midwest will boost yield prospects.

Wheat: September SRW wheat fell 14 3/4 cents to $7.86. September HRW wheat fell 11 cents to $8.71 3/4. September spring wheat fell 8 cents to $9.02 3/4. Wheat continued to follow the lead of other markets, as corn and soybean markets fell and crude oil tumbled.

Cotton: December cotton rose 326 points to 116.85 cents per pound, the contract’s highest closing price since June 17. Cotton futures gapped higher for the second session as the market extended a rally after USDA last Friday estimated the U.S. crop will shrink to a 13-year low amid severe drought.

Cattle: October live cattle rose $1.875 to $145.675, the contract’s highest closing price since April 22. September feeder cattle rose $2.475 to $185.475. Live cattle futures surged to a 3 1/2-month high behind bullish technicals and optimism the cash market will extend recent gains. Choice beef cutout values rose 98 cents to $265.44 on strong movement of 161 loads.

Hogs: October lean hogs plunged the $4.00 daily limit to $96.575, the lowest close since Aug. 3. Hogs fell sharply amid signs of a peak in cash fundamentals and anticipation of a seasonal downturn. Tomorrow’s CME lean hog index is expected to fall 65 cents to $121.06, the fourth decline in the past five days. Pork cutout values fell $3.76 to $121.15, near a five-week low, but movement was strong at 337 loads.


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