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Joseph Vaclavik is the president at Standard Grain in Chicago. Standard Grain provides futures and options brokerage to farms, feedlots, elevators, processors, end-users and traders. Visit for more information.


Funds Short Soybeans, Grain Slump...

Nov 21, 2011


·         Grains sharply lower overnight; Follow-through selling and negative outside market combining to push corn, soy and wheat past Friday’s lows
·         Corn exports, which account for only 13% of US corn demand, hit a 13-month low on Thursday leading many to believe that US corn is overpriced on the world market
·         Managed money (“the funds”) cut net long position in corn by 18k contract to 130k in week ending Nov 15;Funds now net-short soybeans for the first time 16 months, net-short about 5k; Increased net-short in wheat by 9k to 75k contracts; Index (“long only”) funds remain heavily long corn, soy and wheat
·         Funds apparently now with the lightest long positions in “ag” commodities since summer of 2010
·         Cattle on Feed: On Feed 104% (104% avg estimate), Placements 99% (99.2% avg estimate), Marketed 103% (101.4% avg estimate)
·         Super Committee failure to agree on debt plan being blamed for weak outsides this morning; Crude, Gold, Silver, Equities all sharply lower with $US marginally higher
Dec corn looks poised to test recent lows at 5.72 ¼ if there is a close below 6.00 this week. Funds clearing pressing the soybean market despite some China export business. Dec ’12 corn just a few cents away from lows near 5.50. Whatever the reason for the break, it shouldn’t be surprising that markets are slumping in the month of November. We look for a post-harvest rally at some point, timing is difficult. Call options have become cheap, use a defined-risk trade if attempting to be long.


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