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Friday, August 12

Italian economy climbs out of recession in second quarter

Drought Devastates Corn, Soybeans May Live

Europe's economies unfazed by surging oil prices

U.S. Cattlemen's Groups Want Retaliation Against Japan

Thurday, August 11

New pay offer ends SA gold strike

Is A Housing Market Bubble Taking Root In Canada?

Ethanol Sales Reach Record Numbers In Iowa

USDA Drought Monitor

Oil prices surge to record high

Wednesday, August 10

Canada claims major victory after NAFTA panel ruling in softwood dispute

Tariff lowered on Canadian hard red spring wheat imported into United States

(U.K.) Inflation report puts rate cuts in doubt

Talks fail to end SA gold strike

Today's Futures News

The USDA's 2005-2006 U.S. ending stocks estimate for:
Corn was reduced from 2.24 to 1.90 billion bushels.
Soybeans was reduced from 210 to 180 million bushels.
Wheat was reduced from 700 to 634 million bushels.
Sugar was reduced from 904,000 to 785,000 tons.
Cotton was increased from 6.70 to 7.00 million bales.
November soybeans were down 2.25 cents at $6.48.
The USDA's 2005-2006 world ending stocks estimate for:
Corn was reduced from 114 to 108 million tons.
Soybeans was reduced from 51 to 48 million tons.
Wheat was reduced from 143 to 141 million tons.
Cotton was increased from 49 to 50 million tons.
The USDA said that 288,000 tons of U.S. corn were sold to unknown destinations today.
Also, the USDA bought 30,070 tons of U.S. hard red winter wheat for Ethiopia.
Despite the USDA's reduced carryover estimate, December corn closed down 7.25 cents at $2.31.
The USDA kept its estimate of the average price for 2006 choice steers at 79 cents and 2006 barrows and gilts at 45 cents.
The USDA estimated this week's beef production at 485.1 million pounds, down 1.7% from a year ago.
Pork production was estimated at 376.9 million pounds, down .1% from a year ago. December cattle ended down 1.05 at 82.80.
After the close, the Brazilian government increased its estimate of the 2005-2006 coffee crop from 32.4 to 33.3 million (60 kg) bags.
December coffee was down 1.95 cents at $1.0955.
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index fell from 96.5 to 92.7 in August, lower than expected.
The December eurodollars were up .02 at 95.715.
U.S. exports were steady in June at $106.8 billion while imports were up 2% at $165.6 billion, blamed on higher energy prices.
The September U.S. dollar index was down .15 at 86.83.
Canada's exports were up 1.8% in June to C$37.2 billion while imports were up .2% at $32.3 billion.
The September Canadian dollar closed up .41 at 83.72, supported by rising energy prices.
France's GDP was up .1% in the second quarter and up 1.2% from a year ago.
Japan's real GDP was up .3% in the second quarter and 1.4% from a year ago.
GDP growth in the first quarter was revised higher, from an annual rate of 4.9% to 5.4%.
The September yen ended up .0039 at .9173.
Bloomberg news said that retail sales in China were up 12.7% in July from a year ago.
Industrial output in India was up 10.3% in the second quarter from a year ago.

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