Friday April 18 2014



Canola closed 3.60 under the previous close at 469.70. The trading range was 468.30 to 475.00. Chicago wheat settled at 691-1/4, up 3-1/4 with a range of 686-1/2 and 701-1/2. Minneapolis wheat ended the day at 732-3/4, 6-1/4 higher. Trading opened at 725 with the day's high and low of 744 and 725. Corn settled down 2-3/4 from the previous close at 494-3/4. The high-low range was 501-1/4 to 493. Chicago soybeans closed at 1514, down 4-3/4 with a high and low of 1531-3/4 and 1504. Soy oil finished 0.30 low er at 43.41. Chicago oats closed down 1 at 404.

CHICAGO LIVESTOCK FUTURES mostly eased with live cattle at 134.600, down 1.025. Feeder cattle finished down 1.650 at 178.250. Lean hog futures gained 0.300 to finish off at 123.175.

THE CANADIAN DOLLAR was at 0.90 late in the day, up 0.020 from the previous close. The US dollar index was 79.870. The euro was down 0.001 against the US dollar at 1.381.

TORONTO STOCKS ended the day up 54 points with the S&P index at 14500. The New York Dow average was at 16409, off 16. NASDAQ was up 9 at 4096.

OIL PRICES finished firmer at 103.57, up 0.54 with a high for the day of 103.92. Natural gas traded at 4.74, up 0.21. Gold was down 9.90 at 1,292.00.

BUSINESS NEWS HEADLINES:

Bailed-out Cyprus to test bond market in June
Chipotle plans first price hike in 3 years
Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature
GE 1Q earnings fall, outlook strong
GM 1Q global sales up 2 pct to 2.42M
Hot cars at this year's New York auto show
Housing correction would hurt economy: BMO
Italy again pushes back balanced budget goal
Loonie up slightly as March inflation climbs
Morgan Stanley's income rose 18 per cent
Obama: 8 million signed up for health care
Oil tops $104 on Ukraine fears
Quebec shipyard wins contract
Rogers new CEO made a total of $12.7M in 2013
TSX heads higher amid mixed bag of earns
US sanctions government official in Zimbabwe
Ual inflation shoots up to 1.5 per cent
UnitedHealth's 1Q profit tumbles 8 per cent
Wal-Mart joins Ria for money transfer service


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