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Bob Utterback has more than 26 years of experience and offers producers a disciplined approach to marketing.

Short Week for Trade and Wheat Recommendations

Nov 27, 2013

This will be a short week trading activity with Thanksgiving. It should also be noted that Friday is first notice day of the Dec contract. As for wheat, I believe adequate winter acres have been planted. The crop is off to a normal start but the critical winter injury time period is ahead.
 
Global supplies are on the high side so it’s going to take an bullish supply reduction event to get prices back to comfortable levels. We however believe if you have taken out a high crop insurance level and merged it with a good selling program, profitability will still be solid for wheat. IF you are a wheat/bean double crop producer, you must get a floor under both your wheat and bean prices as soon as possible.
 
Since the market has not recovered, we are getting increasingly worried about the long term downside fundamental risk of wheat. We have no choice but to start recommending a put floor buying strategy.
 
Step 1: BUY at the money July 2014 $6.60 put. Have open orders to roll up 10- cent strike price when the premium price difference moves to 3 cents. This will only happen if the market rallies over 30 cents. The current cost of the put is approximately 45 cents plus commission.
 
Step 2: SELL out of the money July call at the strike price you would be will to assume speculative risk. My suggestion is go as high as possible and still get at least 20 cents of premium. At current price levels this would be a $7.20 put which is out of the money not quite 60 cents.
 
At this time you can stop and assume a net cost at expiration of 25 cent off the $6.60 put or $6.35 minus commission.
 
Step 3 OPTIONAL: SPECULATIVE SELLMarch out of money wheat puts to reduce cost. The objective would be at least 10 cent premium which suggest a $6.20 put which is only 30 cents out of money. This means the puts must be sold on an oversold condition. UMS will have to actively help you manage the risk of the short puts.
 
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If anyone has questions and would like to discuss marketing strategies, call Bob or Laura (1-800-832-1488). We will also try to answer questions in upcoming blogs and we welcome emails to laura@utterbackmarketing.com or utterback@utterbackmarketing.com.
 
THIS MATERIAL HAS BEEN PREPARED BY A SALES OR TRADING EMPLOYEE OR AGENT OF UTTERBACK MARKETING SERVICES, INC. AND IS, OR IS IN THE NATURE OF A SOLICITATION. THIS MATERIAL IS NOT A RESEARCH REPORT PREPARED BY UTTERBACK MARKETING SERVICES, INC. BY ACCEPTING THIS COMMUNICATION, YOU AGREE THAT YOU ARE AN EXPERIENCED USER OF THE FUTURES MARKETS, CAPABLE OF MAKING INDEPENDENT TRADING DECISIONS, AND AGREE THAT YOU ARE NOT, AND WILL NOT, RELY SOLELY ON THIS COMMUNICATION IN MAKING TRADING DECISIONS.
 
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THE RISK OF LOSS IN TRADING FUTURES AND/OR OPTIONS IS SUBSTANTIAL AND EACH INVESTOR AND/OR TRADER MUST CONSIDER WHETHER THIS IS A SUITABLE INVESTMENT. PAST PERFORMANCE, WHETHER ACTUAL OR INDICATED BY SIMULATED HISTORICAL TESTS OF STRATEGIES, IS NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. TRADING ADVICE IS BASED ON INFORMATION TAKEN FROM TRADES AND STATISTICAL SERVICES AND OTHER SOURCES THAT UTTERBACK MARKETING SERVICES, INC. BELIEVES ARE RELIABLE. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT SUCH INFORMATION IS ACCURATE OR COMPLETE AND IT SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON AS SUCH. TRADING ADVICE REFLECTS OUR GOOD FAITH JUDGMENT AT A SPECIFIC TIME AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT THE ADVICE WE GIVE WILL RESULT IN PROFITABLE TRADES.

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