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Beef, It Was for Dinner

Ag-Mondays with Chris Manns of PTI Securities & Futures in-studio and Chris Hurt, Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Then, Monsignor Sharbel Maroun of St Maron’s Church of Minneapolis discusses the current situation Christians are facing in the Middle East. Finally, David Andalman of DACS Research previews this week’s markets.

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Chris Manns

Christopher Manns manages PTI Securities & Futures’ global commodities area and is a research analyst. He devotes much of his time to monitoring and analyzing the latest international commodities reports and financial research. This allows him to keep the firm’s management well informed so that they can, in turn, apprise their clients on pertinent information. Christopher has more than 18 years of securities and financial services experience. Prior to joining PTI Securities, he was a floor broker for AE Staley at the Chicago Board of Trade, and worked for the grain division of Rodman & Renshaw. He has authored many commodities articles and training materials, and speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. Christopher earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Christopher lives with his wife in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Read more.

Chris Hurt

Professor Hurt joined the Agricultural Economics department at Purdue University in 1981. He teaches an undergraduate course in livestock and meat marketing. Professor Hurt’s areas of specialty include examination of family farm market problems, pricing strategies, and livestock futures market problems, pricing strategies, and livestock futures market performance.

In extension education, he provides analysis for participation in government programs, teaches marketing principles and alternatives, evaluates the livestock industry structure, and provides price analysis and outlook of live cattle and live hogs. Recently he has examined the factors influencing the structural changes in the pork industry, and evaluated the adoption of new technologies in moderate size midwestern farms.

Professor Hurt helps coordinate a fee-based market newsletter and report service published jointly with the University of Illinois. He serves as editor of thePurdue Agricultural Economics Report. Professor Hurt has received the USDA Superior Service Group Award, an American Agricultural Economics Group award, as well as two Indiana Extension Service Awards.

Sharbel Maroun

On the Mediterranean sea, Sharbel-Ghattas Maroun was born in Jal-El-Deeb, a coastal town a few miles north of Beirut.  He is the sixth of a family of seven children.  After completing his high school studies in Lebanon, he worked as a computer operator at Credit Libanais Bank for a few years before coming to the United States to continue his studies in Computer Science.  Throughout his life, he received many signs from God calling him to the Priesthood.

In September 1984, he entered the Maronite Seminary in Washington, D.C.  He spent close to five years and graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Theology.  He was ordained to the holy Priesthood on his birthday, January 6th, 1989 in Lebanon.  His first assignment was as an associate pastor at St. Anthony Church in Danbury, CT.  After serving there for six months, he was appointed Pastor of Saint Maron Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he presently leads our congregation of 290 families to a better relationship with Christ.  On January 6th 2007, he was elevated to the rank of Monsignor.

Monsignor Sharbel is a source of inspiration to our parishioners.   In his Piousness, Love and Devotion, he serves our community diligently and tirelessly.  His impeccable behavior sets a good example for our children and we are so proud to have him among us.

David Andalman

Technical Analyst, DACS Research, PTI Securities & Futures

David Andalman joins the Stocks & Jocks show every Monday and Wednesday morning. He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and earned his bachelor's degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois, and then his MBA in Finance and Marketing from Indiana University. David traded for a year at the MidAmerica Commodity Exchange before starting the DACS Research Newsletters on commodity futures, which were the first all-technical research newsletters at the CME. Currently, he has been a senior wealth manager and portfolio strategist for over 23 years. He holds registrations in Series 3, 4 (Options Principal), 7, 55, 63 and is a registered Commodity Trading Advisor. Read more.


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