For a second straight day, equities' strength landed Chicago Mercantile Exchange hogs on solid ground Wednesday, pork bellies finished unchanged. July hogs finished up 10 at 78.87, August pork bellies finished unchanged at 94.70.
Equities' strength landed Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle well into positive territory yesterday, feeder cattle ended steady to firm on buying across the aisle in the live cattle pit. August live cattle closed up 70 at 90.50, August feeders closed up 2 at 113.55.
U.S. wheat futures closed up sharply after reaching multi-month highs on position evening and technical buying. Sept wheat in Chicago ended up 23 at $5.30, Sept wheat in KC finished up 24 1/2 at $5.45, and MGE Sept wheat soared 25 3/4 to $5.61.
Spillover support from wheat and equities, and declining crop ratings pushed U.S. corn futures higher on Wednesday. July corn ended up 10 3/4 at $3.70
Soybean futures climbed Wednesday, rallying to two-week highs on support from lower crop ratings, solid underlying demand and advances in broader markets, Soy oil futures rallied on spillover strength from rallying energy prices, and Soy meal futures rallied in unison with soybeans . August soybeans finished up 27 1/4 at $9.67, December soy oil finished up 1 at 37.69, and December soy meal ended up $9.80 at $272.20.
ICE cotton futures posted gains in line with a broad-based commodities and equities rally driven by bullish financial earnings outlooks. Dec cotton gained 24 at 74.56.
Gold futures rose Wednesday as the optimistic economic sentiment that boosted commodities and equities spread to precious metals. August gold gained $3.80 to $1,198.90 an ounce, September silver settled up 14.3 cents at $18 an ounce.
Crude oil futures followed U.S. equities higher Wednesday, snapping a six-session streak of losses. August crude gained $2.09 to $74.07 a barrel, August gasoline gained 5.40 cents to $2.02 a gallon and August distillates jumped 6.15 cents to $1.97 a gallon.
Natural-gas futures ended lower Wednesday as ample fuel supplies weighed on prices, despite predictions for hot weather in the coming weeks and a potential storm threat in the Atlantic Basin. August Natural gas fell 11.7 cents to $4.56.
The Dow Jones industrial Average rebounded with a vengeance from overnight lows, with earnings forecasts leading the charge. The Dow gained 274 to finish at 10,018, the Nasdaq gained 65 ½ at 2,159, and the S&P 500 jumped 32 ¼ to close at 1,060.