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Alan Brugler is the President of Brugler Marketing & Management, and the primary analyst and advisor.

Rising Interest

Oct 16, 2009


Market Watch Summary with Alan Brugler & Kyung Ra

October 16, 2009


Rising Interest


Corn was up 2.69% for the week, despite a double digit sell off on Thursday and a weak Export Sales number on Friday morning.  They say a rising tide floats all boats.  Most of the commodity boats were floating this week on a tide of new money coming into commodities.  Open interest rose in many contracts as new buying shifted to short covering and then additional new buying.  Harvest progress is clearly lagging, and the physical corn market needs to get the bushels that are available.  That can be done via either higher futures or a stronger basis bid.  The debate will likely continue into November as to how much production might have been lost to the early October freeze event in the Corn Belt.


Wheat has been trying to insert itself into feed rations all around the world, due to surplus inventory.  USDA reported 854 million bushels of projected ending stocks a week ago, but futures treated that news as already in the market.  The rally in wheat was aided by higher prices for its corn competitor.  SRW planting delays are also noted, as you can’t plant into soybean stubble if the soybeans haven’t been harvested yet.  It’s also not a good idea to mud the seed in.  Hard wheat prices were also firm, aided by an Iraqi purchase of 200,000 MT of US HRW that firmed up the cash basis while the trade worked to source the bushels.


Soybeans also had an up week, albeit with a smaller % gain at 1.4% than in the feed grains.  The rally was oil led rather than meal led, literally.  Crude oil traded above $78 and pulled heating oil/diesel prices up.  That supported soybean oil through the prospect of increased biodiesel consumption.  NOPA reinforced this idea by showing smaller than expected October 1 soy oil stocks.  Soybean meal continues to struggle with demand issues, as US livestock numbers are down and ethanol plant production of distillers dried grains (DDGs) is up.  That creates more price competition for protein in the feed ration.


Cotton posted the largest percentage gain at 8.24% on our list this week.  Export sales are still nothing to write home about, not even reaching 100,000 RB this week.  Projected ending stocks are also comfortable at 5.4 million bales.  The bull story stems from an inflation/weak dollar play, combined with ideas that the US and world economy are both improving.  Over time, that suggests more textile demand not only for clothes but for household goods like drapes and sofas.  Speculative buying was substantial, with open interest rising for both futures and options.


Below is a table showing the net weekly changes and 4 week history of selected agricultural futures:


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% Change

December Corn







December CBOT Wheat







December KCBT Wheat







December MGEX Wheat







November Soybeans







December Soy Meal







December Soy Oil







October Live Cattle







October Feeder Cattle







December Lean Hogs







December Cotton







December Oats







November Rice








            Hogs were up 2.51% for the week.  The weak dollar appeared to stimulate some export interest, particularly in hams.  Actual data on pork export sales lags by several weeks, but the primal was up sharply on days that the dollar was weak.  The pork carcass cutout ended the week at $56.50, and was up $3.55 from the previous Friday.  Slaughter continues to run near the highest levels of the year, but this was expected and the trade is looking past the big numbers toward tighter 1Q10 supplies.  Carcass weights are still running a couple pounds above last year, “creating” hogs in terms of the amount of pork that must be sold.


Live Cattle rallied for the first time in three weeks.  There were heavy deliveries of heavy cattle against the October futures contract, but they eventually found a packer who wanted them and that stabilized the cash prices.  Late week cash cattle sales were as much as $2 higher than the previous week, but not uniform.  USDA reported that the number of cattle on feed October 1 was 100.57% from a year ago.  That was above the average trade estimate.  Placements were 104.69% of year ago and September marketing were 96.36% of last year.


Market Watch:  Cattle traders will begin the week reacting to Friday’s Cattle on Feed numbers from the USDA.  Grain traders will be keeping a close eye on the US dollar, which keeps threatening to go higher but doesn’t seem to have any traction.  There will be interest in harvest progress as reported by USDA on Monday afternoon, and also in any drop in crop condition ratings due to last weekend’s freeze.  Census will release its monthly Oilseed Crush and Cotton Consumption reports on Thursday morning.  USDA will put out the monthly Cold Storage numbers on Thursday afternoon with attention focused on any buildup in pork supplies.  Grain traders will see November options expire on Friday, October 23.


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