Friday An Important Day For Market Confidence
Aug 30, 2012
Good Morning! Paul Georgy with early morning comments for August 30, 2012 at 5:10 am. Grain futures are mixed with corn again following wheat’s strength. Remnants of Isaac are headed toward the Midwest, the exact path is still to be determined but the moisture will be much appreciated. Ethanol production number yesterday was below last week and below the amount needed to hit USDA target. Geoff Cooper from RFA mentioned on the Allendale Ag Leaders Webinar on Tuesday night that ethanol production facilities have become more efficient and the USDA could find excess corn in that category on the balance sheet. Friday is becoming a very important day for market news this week. Russia will be holding a news conference, Chairman Bernanke will be speaking in Jackson Hole, WY at 9:00 CDT and it is first notice day for September contracts at the CBOT. All this news will be followed by a long weekend where trading will not begin until 7:00 PM on Monday evening. Weekly export sales will be announced this morning at 7:30. Trade estimates are: corn 250,000 to 450,000 tonnes, soybeans 600,000 to 800,000 tonnes, soymeal 150,000 to 250,000 tonnes, soyoil 10,000 to 20,000 tonnes and wheat 450,000 to 600,000 tonnes. Money flow was a driver to price yesterday as funds bought 12,000 corn, 8000 beans and 5,000 wheat contracts. Will they be back buying today as we end the month? Basis for beans in the interior was weaker by as much as a dime at most processors. August live cattle futures last trading day is Friday at noon. The strength in futures is providing confidence for feedlots holding out for stronger prices this week. A few cash cattle trade in the north at steady money. Cash bids in the south are 117 to 118 while offers are 122 to 123. Cattle feeding losses are still running about $150 per head. Product values are lower, choice down .99 and select down .99. Pork cutout values were down .67. Livestock futures have been supported by fund buying. Only a few days left to participate in the Allendale Yield Survey, we will stop collecting data at 2:00 pm Friday,
Markets as of 5:10 AM
Dec Corn +3 1/4
Nov Beans -3 1/4
Sep Wheat +2 1/2
Oct Cattle +17.5
Oct Hogs -.02
Sep S&P -4.00
Sep Dlr -.06
Oct Crude -.20
Dec Gold -3.60
Allendale Advanced Charts
Yesterday Oct Lean Hogs put in an outside range day up. This implies a loss of negative momentum. Going forward, in order to negate the down trend and enter into a base and reversal phase, we need to see a close above the 8/14 $77.77 1/2 pivot high. However, if the contract low of $72.07 ½ does not hold we should not be surprised by the continuation of the down trend…Frank La Placa
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Nelson Notes from the desk of Rich Nelson
Hurricane Isaac, at 200 miles wide, is 40 miles Southeast of New Orleans. Storm surge of 6 to 12 feet are expected off the coast of Louisiana. Winds could reach 100 miles per hour. The grain industry will watch for any damage to export locations.
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