Grains were weak today with December corn down 8 cents at $6.47, December wheat Down 16 ¼ cents at $6.28 ¼, and November beans down 9 ½ cents at $12.07 ½.
The sharp break in outside markets and rally in the dollar is again weighing on grain prices. The US Dollar was almost 1500 points higher today on further concerns over European debt fears and a sharp break in the Japanese Yen. The Yen/Dollar currency spread was down 628 points or 4.8% and the Euro/Dollar spread was down over 2.25%! This just basically shows there is a flight back to the US currency and can push dollar denominated products lower if this continues.
December corn continues to finish near the 200 day moving average as it has been for the last 3 weeks. Export inspections came in at 27.726 mil bu of corn (30.5 expected), 48.518 mil bu of soybeans (42.5 expected), and 20.82 mil bu for wheat (17.5 expected).
Crop progress shows corn at 78% harvested compared to 62% as a 5 year average at this time of year. Soybeans are also ahead of schedule at 87% harvested compared to 79% on average.
These reports were not really major market movers and the biggest short term indicator is likely that extra drop the outsides had after the close. We may open up lower on the overnight session tonight.
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