Thursday April 24 2014

Canola closed 5.40 under the previous close at 445.80. The trading range was 445.30 to 452.20. Chicago wheat settled at 676-1/2, up 3-1/2 with a range of 667-3/4 and 679-1/2. Minneapolis wheat ended the day at 724-1/4, 4 higher. Trading opened at 720 with the day's high and low of 728 and 714-1/4. Corn settled up 7-1/4 from the previous close at 503-1/2. The high-low range was 504-1/4 to 494-1/2. Chicago soybeans closed at 1468-1/2, down 11-1/4 with a high and low of 1487-1/4 and 1466-3/4. Soy oil finish ed 0.24 lower at 42.50. Chicago oats closed up 2-3/4 at 409.

LIVESTOCK FUTURES worked higher across the board with live cattle at 135.375, up 0.400. Feeder cattle finished up 0.375 at 178.725. Lean hog futures gained 2.300 to finish off at 123.325.

THE CANADIAN DOLLAR was at 0.90 late in the day, down 0.040 from the previous close. The US dollar index was 79.980, down 0.085. The euro rose against the US dollar, trading 0.012 higher at 1.381.

TORONTO STOCKS ended the day down 23 points with the S&P index at 14533. The New York Dow average was at 16502, off 12. NASDAQ was down 34 at 4127.

CRUDE OIL settled lower at 101.49, down 0.26 with a low for the day of 101.20. Natural gas traded at 4.73, down 0.01. Gold was up 3.40 at 1,280.00.


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