Yesterdays Close: March corn futures closed down 2 cents, trading in a range of 3 ¼ cents on the day. Funds were estimated sellers of 5,000 contracts on the session.
Fundamentals: Export sales this morning came in at a dismal 101,200 metric tons, this compares with the expected range form 600,000-900,000 metric tons and last weeks 1,245,500 metric tons. Yesterdays weekly EIA inventory data showed that ethanol production was down from 1.090 million barrels a day to 1.032 million barrels per day. Ethanol has been a silver lining for the corn market, the overall trend has been stronger so this weeks read is more of an outlier, if weakness becomes a new trend then we will have some issues. Market participants are continuing to watch weather and developments in South America, there is nothing new to report on that front this morning. Next weeks USDA report is arguably the most important fundamental catalyst on the horizon as we will get a good deal of updates. We will start compiling estimates and have them in next weeks reports.
Yesterdays Close: Soybean futures closed 1 ¾ cents lower yesterday, trading in a range of 9 ¾ cents on the day. Funds were estimated sellers of 3,000 contracts on the session.
Fundamentals: Export sales this morning came in at 554,000 metric tons, this compares with the expected range from 600,000-900,000 metric tons; last weeks export sales came in at 974,696 metric tons. Soymeal and soy oil are trading higher this morning which are offering support to futures, we will want to see volume confirm price on the floor open. Weather in South America will continue to be important going forward as they round out planting and get into crop development. There are no new updates this morning on that front. Next weeks USDA report will be a major catalyst for setting the tone to start the year, that is on the 12th and we will start providing estimates towards the middle of next week.
Yesterdays Close: Wheat futures closed 1 ½ cents lower yesterday, trading in a range of 5 on the day. Funds were estimated to have been sellers of 2,000 contracts for the session.
Fundamentals: Export sales this morning came in at 131,000 metric tons, this compares with the expected range from 225,000-500,000 metric tons and last weeks 487,352 metric tons. Colder and drier weather has been offering some support, but the damage may not be known until winter wheat comes out of dormancy. Keep in mind that we are also in a seasonally weak time of year. If you had sold March Chicago wheat on January 3rd and bought back on the 16th, you would have been profitable for 12 of the last 15 years with the average gain being nearly 18 cents. Some of that seasonality is likely due to weather premium coming in ahead of time and then going out.
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