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Commodities

December 23, 2005

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Chicago Board of Trade

Grain and soybean futures increased Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Wheat for March delivery rose 3 1/4 cents to $3.30 3/4 a bushel; March corn rose 2 3/4 cents to $2.12 3/4 a bushel; March oats rose 1 1/2 cent to $1.94 a bushel; January soybeans rose 6 1/4 cents to $6.12 3/4 a bushel.

Beef futures declined on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, while pork futures finished mostly lower.

February live cattle fell .62 cent to 95.55 cents a pound; January feeder cattle fell .47 cent to $1.136 a pound; February lean hogs remained unchanged at 65.27 cents a pound; February pork bellies fell .65 cent to 83.25 cents a pound.

Local markets

As of Thursday's close, courtesy of Ottawa Cooperative Assn. Ottawa Elevator - Wheat, $3.66; corn, $1.83; milo, $1.73; soybeans, $5.78. Edgerton Elevator - Wheat, $3.66; corn, $1.83; milo, $1.73; soybeans, $5.78. Overbrook Elevator - Wheat, $3.66; corn, $1.83; milo, $1.73; soybeans, $5.78. Midland Elevator - Wheat, NA; corn, $1.83; milo, NA; soybeans, $5.78. Lawrence North Elevator - Wheat, NA; corn, $1.83; milo, NA; soybeans, $5.78. Lawrence South Elevator - Wheat, $3.66; corn, $1.83; milo, $1.73; soybeans, $5.78. Pauline Elevator - Wheat, NA; corn, $1.83; milo, $1.73; soybeans, $5.78.

St. Joseph livestock

Quotations for Thursday:

Estimated Receipts: 200

Compared to Wednesday, barrows and gilts sold steady. Pork cutouts a buck lower Wednesday and packers not expanding kills due to the Holidays. No big Saturday kill planned. Barrows and gilts 46-50 percent lean 230-290 lbs 40.50-41.00. Sows: Scarce. Boars: Scarce.

Nonferrous metals

Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday:

Aluminum - 101.8 cents per lb., London Metal Exch. Thu.

Copper 220.60 cents per lb., N.Y. Merc spot Thu.

Lead - $1129.00 per metric ton, London Metal Exch.

Zinc - 87.40-87.90 cents lb., delivered.

Gold - $502.70 troy oz., NY Merc spot Thu.

Silver - $8.502 troy oz., N.Y. Merc spot Thu.

Mercury - $700.00 per 76 lb flask, N.Y.

Platinum -$955.00 troy oz., N.Y. (contract).

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