Corn futures ended slightly higher on Friday. Technically, the market is strong but bearish fundamentals limited gains. Activity was slow as traders exited early for the extended holiday weekend. The markets will be closed on Monday. March closed 1 1/4 cents higher at $2.14 and May was 1 1/4 cents higher at $2.22 3/4.



Soybean futures settled narrowly mixed on Friday. Pre-holiday position evening and light volume led to limited trade. Early weakness was attributed to technical selling from recent gains and reports of some scattered rainfall in South America. January ended 1/4 of a cent higher at $6.13 and March was 1/4 of a cent lower at $6.25.



Wheat futures closed solidly higher on Friday. Technical strength supported futures in light volume. Fund short-covering at the CBOT and supportive fundamentals for the KCBT helped push prices higher. Dry conditions remain in the southern Plains. CBOT Mar ended 3 3/4 cents higher at $3.34 1/2, KCBT Mar was 4 1/2 cents higher at $3.80 1/2 and MGE Mar closed 4 cents higher at $3.84.



Cattle futures closed slightly higher on Friday. Traders were evening positions ahead the holidays and Cattle on Feed report. Futures will be closed on Monday for Christmas. February ended 18 cents higher at $95.73 and April was 13 cents higher at $93.93.



Lean hog futures closed mostly lower on Friday. Pre-holiday trade was slow as market participants headed for the exits ahead of the extended holiday weekend and next week's Hogs and Pigs report. February ended 3 cents lower at $65.25 and April was 5 cents lower at $67.45.