Markets Slip Amid Oil Decline, Favorable Weather

July 6, 2016 05:00 AM

Favorable weather and a drop in oil prices pushed down ag markets Tuesday as December soybeans slipped as much as 60 cents in early trading. July soybeans dropped more than 50 cents to $11.18, while July corn slid more than 12 cents cents to $3.40-2.

Funds exiting long positions because of favorable weather forecasts, along with the bearish oil market, were driving down prices, according to analysts.

“The USDA (June 30) report was a little bearish, but the funds drove the market higher. Now everything is doom and gloom, and soybeans are down 60 cents,” said DuWayne Bosse of Bolt Marketing in Britton, S.D.

“Oil and grains move together. The funds are exiting a long position. It’s a good indication of money flow,” observed Bosse, who added: “This always happens when we come back after the Fourth of July; If there is no problems with weather, the funds exit long positions.”

Another analyst, Mike Zuzolo, president of Global Commodity Analytics in Atchison, Kansas, expressed a similar view. “We’re seeing premium pulled out (of the market) because of acres and rain,” he said. “They are pricing in acreage and yield increase.”

Many analysts see weather as the driving force in the near term for markets.

“As we go through the next few weeks … weather (and to some extent the July WASDE report) will have a greater influence than the relationship between crude oil and grain prices,” explained Mike North, president of the Commodity Risk Management Group in Platteville, Wis.

Another factor moving markets is Brexit, the shorthand name for Britain’s recent decision to leave the European Union. That development is weighing on oil prices because of uncertainty and the weakened euro, according to Bosse.

What else is worth watching? Interest rates. 

“Interest rates would have a larger influence  on crude in my opinion,” explained Andrew Shissler, a partner at S&W Trading in Downers Grove, Ill.  “If these funds start to think we are headed back into deflation, then that would make it very hard for crude or soybeans to maintain current prices.”

Back to news


Spell Check

Stratford, IA
7/6/2016 08:04 AM

  Yesterday you had an article about how optimism in the Ag sector improved in June, guessing that is short lived after yesterday's markets.

Eastern, NE
7/6/2016 08:42 AM

  Deflation is the general reduction of prices in an economy. Speculators with the CME Group are causing this angst among agriculture producers. There is no general deflation in the American economy. Have you seen the price of bread, corn flakes and other cereals? They've not gone down--they're going back up. This country NEEDS a five year period of DEFLATION. America needs to rethink it's financial system. Wall Street, the CME Group and other "organized gambling" needs to be rethought in this country. Do you think executives of publicly traded companies deserve tens of millions of dollars in salary? Do you think athletes deserve hundreds of millions of dollars in multi-year contracts? The answer simplistically is NO!! Inflation drives crap like this. The American economy needs a reset. Why else would you have an article one day that everything is great and the next the "funds" are heading for the life boats. Wonder if there isn't a Capone relative in charge of the CME Group.

Central, NE
7/6/2016 03:09 PM

  I think our own secretary of agriculture is trading on the board of trade. Same bushels over and over.


Corn College TV Education Series


Get nearly 8 hours of educational video with Farm Journal's top agronomists. Produced in the field and neatly organized by topic, from spring prep to post-harvest. Order now!


Market Data provided by
Brought to you by Beyer