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June 2013 Archive for EHedger Report

RSS By: Dustin Johnson

Dustin works with a wide net of large producers throughout the Midwest. His analytical market approach and objective hedge strategy development is specific to the needs of every individual.

Crop Progress Neutral

Jun 24, 2013

Grains were sharply lower while the old crop soy complex was strong.  December corn closed 9 ¾ cents lower at $5.46 ½, September wheat down 17 ¼ at $6.87 ¾, and November soybeans unchanged at $12.73 ½.  A favorable forecast and weak outside markets resulted in a sharp decline overnight but the tightness of nearby soybeans was enough to support the entire oilseed market.

 

After the market closed the USDA released their Weekly Crop Progress Report.  Corn ratings jumped another percentage point and are now 65% good-excellent.  It was at this time last year when we started to see a decline in ratings from the heat.  On this week last year corn ratings were 56% good-excellent.  Corn is 96% emerged compared to 99% on average.

Soybeans were 92% planted compared to 95% on average.  This is at the low end of expectations but not necessarily friendly for price action.  Soybean condition ratings were up 1% to 65% good-excellent with 81% emergence. 

Winter wheat is 20% harvested compared to 37% on average.  Conditions were up 1% from last week but are still only at 32% good-excellent.  Spring wheat ratings jumped 2% and are now 70% good-excellent!

 

Overall the crop progress report was neutral in our opinion but that is significant in the fact that there is no news to "feed the bulls".  Without a story to keep the investment money flowing, the risk premium built into the market may slowly subside.  We don’t expect too much of a move this week as traders await the June 28th reports.  The USDA will release acres and June stocks and will be a major source for market direction.

 

The average acreage guesses are in from the Reuters poll.  They are pegging corn acreage at 95.313, soybeans at 77.933, and all wheat at 55.902.  In the Dow Jones poll, the average quarterly stocks are guessed at 2.856 billion bushels of corn, 441 million bushels of soybeans, and 750 million bushels of wheat.  The report will be released at 11:00am, Friday, June 28th.

 

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Trading commodity futures and options involves substantial risk of loss and may not be suitable for all investors.  You should carefully consider whether trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances, knowledge, and financial resources. You may not place an order to buy or sell commodity futures contract by e-mail. The market information contained in this message has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed as to its accuracy or completeness. Market information may not be consistent with current or future market positions of EHedger LLC, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, or agents. EHedger LLC will not disclose anyone's position due to their confidential and proprietary nature. Recipients assume the risk of reliance on and indemnify and hold EHedger LLC harmless for any and all losses, costs, or tax consequences incurred as a result of their use of market information. The contents of this e-mail message and any attachments are intended solely for EHedger LLC's customers and brokers. This communication is intended to be and to remain confidential. Any duplication or distribution without the express written consent of EHedger LLC and this disclaimer is prohibited. If you are not an intended recipient of this message or if this message has been addressed to you in error, immediately alert the sender by reply e-mail and delete this message, its attachments, and any related messages from your computer and destroy any hard copies. If you are not an intended recipient or this message has been addressed to you in error, you are prohibited from delivering, distributing, disclosing, printing, copying, or relying on this message and/or any attachments. Opinions are solely those of the author and subject to change at any time, and are not a solicitation or recommendation to buy or sell commodity futures or commodity options. Past performance is not indicative of future results. 

Corn-Bean Ratio Below 2.3

Jun 21, 2013

Grains and oilseeds were lower again following Thursday’s selloff.  The market had been rather mixed at the midpoint of the trading session but had an especially poor close. For the week December corn closed up 23 ¼ cents while November soybeans were down 24 ¾ cents!  Cattle-on-feed was at 97% and placements at 98%, both a little higher than expected but the beef stocks were well below expectations.

Last week we mentioned how outrageous the corn-soybean ratio was getting after it surpassed 2.45 to 1 especially during a late planting year.  The spread has since retraced and is now down to a reasonable 2.29 (see chart).  Some may argue this retracement in the spread/support in the corn is due to the warm/dry weather in the forecast.  We don’t see that as a threat at this time.  The market was just pricing in a premium for overly wet and cold conditions and now the chance for drier and warmer weather is an imminent threat?   We still have to get through the month of July without weather issues but we find that a normal weather pattern will be more likely than drought which some are already calling for again.  I think the default assumption is that problems will arise since we have had three bad growing years in a row and the memories are fresh.

Next week will be filled with fresh fundamental news for price fluctuation.  Monday we have crop ratings for corn and soybeans as well as soybean plantings.  Friday we will have the highly anticipated quarterly stocks and acreage report.    The average acreage guesses are in from the Reuters poll.  They are pegging corn acreage at 95.313, soybeans at 77.933, and all wheat at 55.902.  We will notify you when the quarterly stocks estimates come in. Have a great weekend!

Corn-Soybean RatioCorn-Soybean Ratio

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Trading commodity futures and options involves substantial risk of loss and may not be suitable for all investors. You should carefully consider whether trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances, knowledge, and financial resources. You may not place an order to buy or sell commodity futures contract by e-mail. The market information contained in this message has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed as to its accuracy or completeness. Market information may not be consistent with current or future market positions of EHedger LLC, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, or agents. EHedger LLC will not disclose anyone's position due to their confidential and proprietary nature. Recipients assume the risk of reliance on and indemnify and hold EHedger LLC harmless for any and all losses, costs, or tax consequences incurred as a result of their use of market information. The contents of this e-mail message and any attachments are intended solely for EHedger LLC's customers and brokers. This communication is intended to be and to remain confidential. Any duplication or distribution without the express written consent of EHedger LLC and this disclaimer is prohibited. If you are not an intended recipient of this message or if this message has been addressed to you in error, immediately alert the sender by reply e-mail and delete this message, its attachments, and any related messages from your computer and destroy any hard copies. If you are not an intended recipient or this message has been addressed to you in error, you are prohibited from delivering, distributing, disclosing, printing, copying, or relying on this message and/or any attachments. Opinions are solely those of the author and subject to change at any time, and are not a solicitation or recommendation to buy or sell commodity futures or commodity options. Past performance is not indicative of future results.


Outside Markets Weaker

Jun 20, 2013

Corn and soybean prices dropped today retracing much of yesterday’s gains.  The Farm Bill was rejected today in the house.  Stock market indices were down substantially from yesterday’s FOMC minutes.  Weather looks dry for most of the Midwest and overall the forecast is not a concern of ours at this time.

Yesterday the Federal Reserve released their FOMC minutes which led the outside markets to a large late day selloff.  I believe this is what kick-started the selloff in commodities overnight and was exacerbated during today’s session as the Dow Jones fell another 350 points!  The immediate response of the market has been to sell riskier assets and capitulate into "safer" assets like the Dollar.  High priced treasuries are selling off in expectation of rising interest rates which is almost a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Gold was down over$90 while crude oil was down over $3.50.

Meanwhile the House of Representatives rejected the Farm Bill today which came as a surprise to the market.  I can’t exactly say whether this is bullish or bearish for prices as we have to wait to see what other legislation gets introduced.

 Yesterday’s surge in prices was not linked to any specific news story and now we have already started show signs of reversing. Producers who have sold early over the past couple of years are reluctant to continue pricing corn/beans especially when different sections of the country have had poor weather to start the growing year.  Of course we can’t predict the weather in July and August but that will ultimately be the main deciding factor.  However… we can agree that A LOT of weather premium is likely worked into the market prices. The assumption that weather problems ARE going to return is also holding back hedgers from making those lofty sales.  If we get past the June 28th report without any bullish surprises and the crop continues to progress (barring any real weather problems), we should see the market start take out premium from heavier producer selling. In the mean time, can we go higher?  Sure.  But we have to remember the last time funds bought into these levels was right before the March 28th report which resulted in a double lock limit down move after stocks were reported 400 million bushels more than expected.  Are the funds ready to buy at new highs into next Friday’s report again?  If your crop is looking good and you haven’t sold or protected all of your guaranteed bushels, it may be a good time to look at protecting more of your downside price risk.  Please call us to go over your available marketing options.

Informa is estimating corn acreage at 95.262 million and soybean acres at 77.756 million.  These are not significantly high or low in our opinion.  The weekly ethanol report showed production down and stocks up.  Weekly exports were also mediocre. Now that the outside markets are seeing some significant downside swings we have to be aware of how they will affect grains.  In 2008 the market crash ultimately pulled people away from commodities and helped bring corn from $7.99 down to $2.90 over the course of 6 months!  For now we want to stay with the recommended hedges.  For an overall evaluation of your current marketing plan please contact EHedger at 866-433-4371.  Have a great weekend!

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EHedger is a premier full service commodity brokerage offering risk management services for the agricultural sector as well as professional traders.
Trading commodity futures and options involves substantial risk of loss and may not be suitable for all investors. You should carefully consider whether trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances, knowledge, and financial resources. You may not place an order to buy or sell commodity futures contract by e-mail. The market information contained in this message has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed as to its accuracy or completeness. Market information may not be consistent with current or future market positions of EHedger LLC, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, or agents. EHedger LLC will not disclose anyone's position due to their confidential and proprietary nature. Recipients assume the risk of reliance on and indemnify and hold EHedger LLC harmless for any and all losses, costs, or tax consequences incurred as a result of their use of market information. The contents of this e-mail message and any attachments are intended solely for EHedger LLC's customers and brokers. This communication is intended to be and to remain confidential. Any duplication or distribution without the express written consent of EHedger LLC and this disclaimer is prohibited. If you are not an intended recipient of this message or if this message has been addressed to you in error, immediately alert the sender by reply e-mail and delete this message, its attachments, and any related messages from your computer and destroy any hard copies. If you are not an intended recipient or this message has been addressed to you in error, you are prohibited from delivering, distributing, disclosing, printing, copying, or relying on this message and/or any attachments. Opinions are solely those of the author and subject to change at any time, and are not a solicitation or recommendation to buy or sell commodity futures or commodity options. Past performance is not indicative of future results.


New Crop Double-Digit Gains for Corn and Beans

Jun 19, 2013

New crop corn led the market higher with strong gains in wheat as well.  December corn closed 20 cents higher at $5.70 ½, November soybeans 21 cents higher at $13.10 ¾, and July wheat up 19 ½ cents higher at $7.07.

The surge in corn prices is not linked to any specific news story which means it may be more a product of the current positions held than a change in fundamentals.  There are not a lot of natural market sellers holding offers above the market which has allowed for this rally to continue.  Producers who have sold early over the past couple of years are reluctant to continue pricing corn/beans especially when different sections of the country have had poor weather to start the growing year.  Of course we can’t predict the weather in July and August but that will ultimately be the main deciding factor.  However… we can agree that A LOT of weather premium is likely worked into the market prices. The assumption that weather problems ARE going to return is also holding back hedgers from making those lofty sales.  If we get past the June 28th report without any bullish surprises, and the crop continues to progress (barring any real weather problems) we should see the market start take out premium from heavier producer selling. In the mean time, can we go higher?  Sure.  But we have to remember the last time funds bought into these levels was right before the March 28th report which resulted in a double lock limit down move after stocks were reported 400 million bushels more than expected.  Are the funds ready to buy at new highs into next Friday’s report again?  If your crop is looking good and you haven’t sold or protected all of your guaranteed bushels, it may be a good time to look at protecting more of your downside price risk.  Please call us to go over your available marketing options.

Informa released their acreage estimates today and have corn pegged at 95.262 million and soybean acres at 77.756 million.  These were not significantly high or low in our opinion.  The weekly ethanol report showed production down and stocks up – also not a surprise.  After the close the FOMC minutes were released which created in a sharp move higher in interest rates and the Dollar Index while the stock indices were sharply lower.  This may have a slightly negative impact on commodity prices on the overnight open.

December Corn Futures

December Corn

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Trading commodity futures and options involves substantial risk of loss and may not be suitable for all investors. You should carefully consider whether trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances, knowledge, and financial resources. You may not place an order to buy or sell commodity futures contract by e-mail. The market information contained in this message has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed as to its accuracy or completeness. Market information may not be consistent with current or future market positions of EHedger LLC, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, or agents. EHedger LLC will not disclose anyone's position due to their confidential and proprietary nature. Recipients assume the risk of reliance on and indemnify and hold EHedger LLC harmless for any and all losses, costs, or tax consequences incurred as a result of their use of market information. The contents of this e-mail message and any attachments are intended solely for EHedger LLC's customers and brokers. This communication is intended to be and to remain confidential. Any duplication or distribution without the express written consent of EHedger LLC and this disclaimer is prohibited. If you are not an intended recipient of this message or if this message has been addressed to you in error, immediately alert the sender by reply e-mail and delete this message, its attachments, and any related messages from your computer and destroy any hard copies. If you are not an intended recipient or this message has been addressed to you in error, you are prohibited from delivering, distributing, disclosing, printing, copying, or relying on this message and/or any attachments. Opinions are solely those of the author and subject to change at any time, and are not a solicitation or recommendation to buy or sell commodity futures or commodity options. Past performance is not indicative of future results.


July Corn Fills Gap

Jun 18, 2013

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It was another strong day for new crop corn as the corn-soybean ratio continues to retrace from recent highs.  December corn closed 12 cents higher at $5.50 ½, November soybeans up 4 ¼ cents at 12.89 ¾, and July wheat up 7 cents at $6.87 ½.

Most of today’ strength was concentrated in the new crop which means this move may be associated with corn-soybean spread repositioning.  It could also be large funds rolling July longs up to December corn and November soybeans.  Otherwise the weather and daily news headlines did not appear to be dramatic enough to justify today’s spread action.  Technically the July corn contract filled its gap from the March 31st report today at $6.76 which may be the reason there was heavy resistance above that level.

July Corn Futures

July Corn

Once December corn got through the 50 day moving average it quickly made its way up to the 100 day moving average as the chart below shows.

December Corn Futures Red Line = 50 Day Moving Average Blue Line = 100 Day Moving Average

December Corn

Here is a chart of the new crop corn-bean ratio retracing from the highs.  This makes sense since corn acres are expected to be lower while bean acres are expected to rise on the next report.

November Soybeans/December Corn

November Soybeans/December Corn

We are staying hedged using a combination of cash sales, futures, and put spreads.  As a reminder the July CBOT options go off the board on Friday, June 21st.  Please contact us if you would like a second opinion of your hedge protection.  Have a great week!

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EHedger is a premier full service commodity brokerage offering risk management services for the agricultural sector as well as professional traders.
Trading commodity futures and options involves substantial risk of loss and may not be suitable for all investors. You should carefully consider whether trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances, knowledge, and financial resources. You may not place an order to buy or sell commodity futures contract by e-mail. The market information contained in this message has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed as to its accuracy or completeness. Market information may not be consistent with current or future market positions of EHedger LLC, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, or agents. EHedger LLC will not disclose anyone's position due to their confidential and proprietary nature. Recipients assume the risk of reliance on and indemnify and hold EHedger LLC harmless for any and all losses, costs, or tax consequences incurred as a result of their use of market information. The contents of this e-mail message and any attachments are intended solely for EHedger LLC's customers and brokers. This communication is intended to be and to remain confidential. Any duplication or distribution without the express written consent of EHedger LLC and this disclaimer is prohibited. If you are not an intended recipient of this message or if this message has been addressed to you in error, immediately alert the sender by reply e-mail and delete this message, its attachments, and any related messages from your computer and destroy any hard copies. If you are not an intended recipient or this message has been addressed to you in error, you are prohibited from delivering, distributing, disclosing, printing, copying, or relying on this message and/or any attachments. Opinions are solely those of the author and subject to change at any time, and are not a solicitation or recommendation to buy or sell commodity futures or commodity options. Past performance is not indicative of future results.


Corn-Soybean Ratio Retraces

Jun 17, 2013

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Corn closed the day session strong after opening rather weak on the overnight session. Old crop corn led the way higher while soybeans and wheat were mixed to lower.  July corn closed 13 ½ cents higher at $6.68 ½ while December corn was 5 ½ cents higher at $5.38 ½.  July soybeans were down 4 cents while November was down 12 ¾.  July wheat closed ¼ of a cent lower at $6.80 ½.

On Sunday night the market was touting the favorable two week weather outlook as a bearish factor for new crop corn and soybeans but the strong day session appears to have reversed this trend in corn.  Corn export inspections were almost double what they had been expecting which may have kick-started this strength.  Soybeans and wheat fell just short of expectations.

NOPA crush was higher than expected at 122.63 million bushels in May compared to 118.1 as the average market guess.  The USDA has already accounted for a higher crush estimate on the June report but crush may need to slow down a little more to meet their estimate. Domestic basis levels have remained strong especially for soybeans which could continue to support the bull-spreads while the new crop contracts remain a little overdone to the upside in our opinion.

The corn-soybean ratio retraced some of its recent strength today and we believe it has more room to drop.  I have included a chart of this spread below.  On a late planting year like this we would expect corn to hold better support compared to soybeans given the acreage swap.  This may represent a more significant turn in this spread but a lot will depend on the results of the June 28th report.

November Soybeans/December CornCorn-Soybean Ratio

Today’s crop progress report showed soybeans at 85% planted which is at the low end of the guesses.  This may be slightly favorable for an initial price reaction on the 7pm reopen tonight.  Corn is at 92% emerged and a good-excellent rating of 64%.  This was around what the market was guessing for conditions but it is still early in the year for this to make a significant day-day impact on price.  Soybeans were at 64% good-excellent as well.  Spring wheat conditions jumped from 62% last week to 68% this week.

We are staying hedged using a combination of cash sales, futures, and put spreads.  As a reminder the July CBOT options go off the board on Friday, June 21st.  Please contact us if you would like a second opinion of your hedge protection. Have a great week!

EHedger  |  866.433.4371
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EHedger is a premier full service commodity brokerage offering risk management services for the agricultural sector as well as professional traders.

Trading commodity futures and options involves substantial risk of loss and may not be suitable for all investors. You should carefully consider whether trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances, knowledge, and financial resources. You may not place an order to buy or sell commodity futures contract by e-mail. The market information contained in this message has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed as to its accuracy or completeness. Market information may not be consistent with current or future market positions of EHedger LLC, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, or agents. EHedger LLC will not disclose anyone's position due to their confidential and proprietary nature. Recipients assume the risk of reliance on and indemnify and hold EHedger LLC harmless for any and all losses, costs, or tax consequences incurred as a result of their use of market information. The contents of this e-mail message and any attachments are intended solely for EHedger LLC's customers and brokers. This communication is intended to be and to remain confidential. Any duplication or distribution without the express written consent of EHedger LLC and this disclaimer is prohibited. If you are not an intended recipient of this message or if this message has been addressed to you in error, immediately alert the sender by reply e-mail and delete this message, its attachments, and any related messages from your computer and destroy any hard copies. If you are not an intended recipient or this message has been addressed to you in error, you are prohibited from delivering, distributing, disclosing, printing, copying, or relying on this message and/or any attachments. Opinions are solely those of the author and subject to change at any time, and are not a solicitation or recommendation to buy or sell commodity futures or commodity options. Past performance is not indicative of future results.


 

Report Causes Price Drop

Jun 12, 2013

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Grains and oilseeds sold off in the wake of the June WASDE report.  December corn closed 13 ¼ cents lower at $5.37 ½, November soybeans down 12 ¾ cents at $13.14 ¼, and July wheat down 13 ¾ cents at $6.83.  The report had higher US crop carryout estimates than expected but since there was no change in acres we feel this was a rather neutral report.

The monthly supply and demand reports are still released during the middle of the trading session at 11:00am which means before you can even get a glimpse of the report verbiage, the high-frequency algorithms have already processed the report and are trading accordingly.  The main thing they picked up on was a higher corn carryout than what was listed in the Dow Jones and Reuters analyst polls.  This is why we got the instant, high-volume, market slam during the first 60 seconds of the release (see chart below).  The majority of news providers had a long time lag in releasing the WASDE headlines today due to the USDA’s inability to release this very time sensitive data in an orderly manner.  Our news vendor has recommended sending a letter to the USDA to request they change the report release time to allow the market to digest the information and create a more even playing field, we agree.

1 minute chart December Corn

 December Corn

On closer examination of the report (which we humans got to read 10 minutes late) showed the new crop corn carryout about 150 million bushels higher than the average analyst estimate but on unchanged corn acres.  The USDA did not change any acreage estimates from the May report and seem to be set on waiting for the June acreage report before estimating an acreage loss/swap. They did however compensate by lowering the national average corn yield by 1.5 bushels to 156.5 bpa.  The next acreage report will be released on June 28th which means the July WASDE report will show production updated including the new acreage estimates.  The USDA lowered their "Feed and Residual" estimate from 5.325 billion bushels to 5.200.  This is still about 500 million bushels more than our estimate which is why we still have a negative outlook for corn prices going into harvest.  US old crop corn carryout was 10 million bushels higher than the average analyst estimate however they lowered world carryout by over 1.6 million metric tons from expectations.

There were no changes in either old crop or new crop soybean supply and demand estimates in the US.  They did lower the world carryout to 73.69 after lowering Brazilian beginning stocks.  Wheat was probably the most surprising since they lowered world ending stocks to 181.25 while most were guessing near 185.00.  Wheat still finished sharply lower from the increase in US production estimates.

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Trading commodity futures and options involves substantial risk of loss and may not be suitable for all investors. You should carefully consider whether trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances, knowledge, and financial resources. You may not place an order to buy or sell commodity futures contract by e-mail. The market information contained in this message has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed as to its accuracy or completeness. Market information may not be consistent with current or future market positions of EHedger LLC, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, or agents. EHedger LLC will not disclose anyone's position due to their confidential and proprietary nature. Recipients assume the risk of reliance on and indemnify and hold EHedger LLC harmless for any and all losses, costs, or tax consequences incurred as a result of their use of market information. The contents of this e-mail message and any attachments are intended solely for EHedger LLC's customers and brokers. This communication is intended to be and to remain confidential. Any duplication or distribution without the express written consent of EHedger LLC and this disclaimer is prohibited. If you are not an intended recipient of this message or if this message has been addressed to you in error, immediately alert the sender by reply e-mail and delete this message, its attachments, and any related messages from your computer and destroy any hard copies. If you are not an intended recipient or this message has been addressed to you in error, you are prohibited from delivering, distributing, disclosing, printing, copying, or relying on this message and/or any attachments. Opinions are solely those of the author and subject to change at any time, and are not a solicitation or recommendation to buy or sell commodity futures or commodity options. Past performance is not indicative of future results.


A Few Pre-Report Comments

Jun 11, 2013

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Grains and oilseeds closed higher Tuesday on heavy volume in the last minute of the session.  Both the flat price as well as the spreads had very large ranges during the last 60 sections of the day.  This may be associated with the Goldman Roll, but could also be some major orders pressing the market during the most important time of the day which is the closing settlement.  I have included 1-minute charts of November soybeans and the July-November spread below.

November SoybeansNovember Soybeans

July –November SpreadSoybean Spread

Tomorrow’s report will be the major focus of the market.  How much will acres and yield change tomorrow?  The latest Reuters poll has bean acres up 700,000 from the March 31st report and corn acres down 1.5 million.  We don’t forecast a major yield change based on the current crop ratings but we will say any drops in production for corn could also be met with a drop in the feed estimate.  The USDA was using a feed number in May that we believe was a "compensating" number for having such excess supply.  There is no reason to believe we will see such a jump in feeding next year unless we see a sharp decline in price to bring in profitability.  So for these reasons we want to remain well hedged with a combination of insurance, sales, and options. The idea is to leave enough upside open to benefit from any market rallies as we have seen in the last five years, but hold enough protection to recieve a decent return on investment should the market break. There are too many unknowns to "know" where we end up this year.  If you would like a second opinion at your marketing plan please contact us for a complementary risk review.

EHedger  |  866.433.4371
Premier full service commodity brokerage offering risk management services for the agricultural sector as well as professional traders.
EHedger is a premier full service commodity brokerage offering risk management services for the agricultural sector as well as professional traders.

Trading commodity futures and options involves substantial risk of loss and may not be suitable for all investors. You should carefully consider whether trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances, knowledge, and financial resources. You may not place an order to buy or sell commodity futures contract by e-mail. The market information contained in this message has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed as to its accuracy or completeness. Market information may not be consistent with current or future market positions of EHedger LLC, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, or agents. EHedger LLC will not disclose anyone's position due to their confidential and proprietary nature. Recipients assume the risk of reliance on and indemnify and hold EHedger LLC harmless for any and all losses, costs, or tax consequences incurred as a result of their use of market information. The contents of this e-mail message and any attachments are intended solely for EHedger LLC's customers and brokers. This communication is intended to be and to remain confidential. Any duplication or distribution without the express written consent of EHedger LLC and this disclaimer is prohibited. If you are not an intended recipient of this message or if this message has been addressed to you in error, immediately alert the sender by reply e-mail and delete this message, its attachments, and any related messages from your computer and destroy any hard copies. If you are not an intended recipient or this message has been addressed to you in error, you are prohibited from delivering, distributing, disclosing, printing, copying, or relying on this message and/or any attachments. Opinions are solely those of the author and subject to change at any time, and are not a solicitation or recommendation to buy or sell commodity futures or commodity options. Past performance is not indicative of future results.


Traders Short-Cover Ahead of The Weekend

Jun 07, 2013

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New crop corn and soybeans closed with double digit gains on Friday as many traders covered shorts ahead of the weekend.  Bear-spreading was very prevalent in both corn and soybeans before and during the Goldman Roll today.

Many longs are rolling up to the new crop contracts for timing reasons as well as concerns of lower 2013 corn and soybean production.  Our thoughts remain the same, we believe there will be some acres lost to prevent plant and some switched to soybeans but even if we lose a few million acres of corn there is still a chance for a large decline in price when it is all said and done.  In short our reasoning is based on demand and yield.  We have had three poor growing years in a row and demand has suffered.  In our opinion, the USDA’s feed demand estimate was well overstated on the last monthly Supply and Demand report in May.  By overstated we are about 700 million bushels apart. Probably the only reason the USDA used that demand number is because they were looking at such a large supply they had to offset in a reasonable manner.  Their next report will be released next Wednesday, June 12th.  We have not yet seen the average analyst estimates polled by Reuters or Dow Jones but it will be interesting to see how much yield and acreage each firm decides to use.  These price surges have left the shorts rather skittish from taking on the risk without knowing more about the crop development. If crop conditions come in fair on Monday it could be a very different story.  We will have to see what they say on Monday afternoon at 3pm CST.   Have a great weekend!

July Corn:  Touched the 100 day moving average and filled most of the gap but couldn’t get back to $6.76.

July Corn

November Soybeans: Closed at fresh highs for the move.  Not much in the way of technical resistance between here and $13.50.

November Beans

 
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Heavy Bullspreading Leaves Markets Mixed

Jun 05, 2013

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Old crop corn and soybeans settled higher while the new crop contracts had double digit losses.  Ethanol production was strong today and the tightness of old crop soybeans continues to provide underlying support to the July and August contracts.  Informa lowered their wheat production estimate to 1.494 billion from 1.529.

We continue to get market reminders of the tightness and positions of old crop soybeans.  The sharp moves in the July – November spread could be from certain market players caught short.  When July – Nov hit the high on May 23rd it was on rumors of Chinese crushers caught on some un-priced basis contracts.  Today we didn’t hear much for rumors and it may be the market is running the shorts in without a large supply available for delivery.  Take a look at the July – November soybean spread in the chart below:

July – November Soybeans

July - November Soybeans

December corn is back to the 50 day moving average.  If this level is breached overnight, the next downside target is the gap fill of 5.36 ¾ (see chart below).

December 2013 Corn

December 2013 Corn

The next major report will be the WASDE on Wednesday June 12th at 11:00am.  We expect corn option volatility to remain above 30 between now and then.  Soybean volatility is near 24 percent which is well above the 50 day moving average of 20.21.  Generally I would say these levels are relatively high which means options are a little pricey.  If you need to buy price protection we can look to offset these premiums using collar strategies and other forms of short options *note these can be marginable.  For now we want to stay well hedged going into the summer timeframe.  For complete hedge recommendations please sign up using the link provided.

Crop Progress:

Corn is now at 91% planted compared to 95% on average at this time.  Soybeans are 57% planted compared to 74% on average.  Corn’s crop condition is 63% good-excellent and 74% emerged.

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