More short covering in KC wheat; Basis unch to 2c higher

Published on: 16:58PM Apr 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010 KCBT Review Newsletter   (PDF)
Highlights from April 15:
The basis was unchanged to 2 cents higher today, with the 12.0 and 12.2 proteins 2 cents higher.
GULF HRW WHEAT, 11.0% protein:
Apr shipment was at 27 over KCBT May. Wheat for May shipment was 27 over May. Wheat for Jun shipment was unq over July.
The Pacific Northwest wheat markets were mixed today. First half of April soft white wheat values were 5 cents higher at 4.80 today. First half of April hard red spring wheat values were 15 cents lower at 195 over MGE May futures. Hard red winter wheat values for first half of April shipment were unchanged at 52 over KCBT May wheat futures.
KCBT Wheat Futures
Kansas City wheat futures traded higher today due to short-covering activity, with little else to explain strength in the grain markets, according to traders. Ignoring the strength in the U.S. Dollar and a lower overnight session, KC wheat followed the covering of net short positions in Chicago SRW wheat futures, traders said. CBOT corn and soybean futures also traded higher today.
USDA weekly wheat export sales for wheat were unremarkable, traders said, with old crop sales estimated at 101,000 metric tonnes and new crop sales estimated at 310,000 metric tonnes. KC July wheat traded within a range above $5.00 today.
KC May wheat settled 6 cents higher at $4.96 1/2.
Today's trading volume was estimated at 17,279 contracts.
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