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Chronology of a Sideways Corn Market

  • May 30, 2017
  • Darrel Good

Expectations for the magnitude of supply, consumption, and ending stocks for the 2017-18 U.S. corn marketing year have remained remarkably stable for the past several months. As a result, futures…
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Corn Prices Moving Forward

  • March 27, 2017
  • Todd Hubbs

May corn futures prices tumbled to the lowest price level since December during the week ending March 24. Large crop estimates from around the world placed downward pressure on the…
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Who’s Spoofing Whom?

  • December 23, 2015
  • Paul Peterson

Many opinions have been expressed by market participants in the weeks since a Chicago jury found Michael Coscia guilty of "spoofing" on November 3. This was the first criminal case…
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Pricing Issues in Agricultural Markets

  • October 22, 2014
  • Paul Peterson

A previous farmdoc daily article discussed the difference between price discovery and price determination, and the trend toward price determination in many agricultural markets. In short, price discovery is the…
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Cattle at the Crossroads

  • September 12, 2014
  • Paul Peterson

The year-long across-the-board rally in cattle prices has been driven by a combination of favorable supply and demand factors which have aligned to push prices to record levels. On the…
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Do Futures Forecast the Future?

  • August 7, 2014
  • Carl Zulauf, Nick Rettig, and Matt Roberts

A common presumption is that futures prices can predict future price, specifically the price during the last or delivery month of trading on a futures contract. This presumption has potential…
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Fixing Prices and Fixing Markets

  • June 25, 2014
  • Paul Peterson

Price discovery is the process of finding the price through the interaction of buyers and sellers. It allows the forces of supply and demand to arrive at a transaction price,…
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