Corn futures are called steady to mixed. Overnight trade was steady to 1/4 of a cent higher. Fund buying helped pull prices higher on Thursday and light buying is possible ahead of the weekend. Weekly export sales were better than expected. However, mostly favorable planting condition so far this spring could limit gains.



Soybean futures are called steady to mixed. Overnight trade was 3/4 of a cent higher to 1 cent lower. The weak close on Thursday could provide some weakness this morning especially given the marketing year low in old-crop export sales last week. The strong crush pace and technical support levels should limit losses.



Wheat futures are called steady to 1 cent lower. Overnight trade was 3/4 to 1 cent lower. Strength in the dollar that will make U.S. wheat less competitive on the world market and favorable wheat condition ratings will remain bearish factors. Bearish global fundamentals will also limit buying interest.



Cattle futures are called steady to mixed. The market has rallied on the firm cash trade in Nebraska although southern Plains cattle have not traded yet. Light profit-taking from recent gains could limit gains, but firm cash fundamentals are expected to limit losses.



Lean hog futures are called steady to mixed. Futures are holding a strong premium to cash, which is expected to limit buying interest today. However, cash markets are called mostly steady as packers continue a strong slaughter pace. Pork cutouts were up 24 cents yesterday.