Yesterdays Close: March corn futures finished yesterday’s session down ½ of a cent, trading in a range of 2 ½ cents. Funds were estimated sellers of 6,000 contracts for the day.
Fundamentals: Informa Economics released their updated estimates for 2018 US plantings, they have it pegged at 89.187 million acres, this is down from their previous estimate of 89.675 million acres. Weather in South America continues to be important as it could have implications on near to intermediate term price action. Hot and try weather has been becoming more of a concern in Argentina with the possibility of yield loss. The market doesn’t seem to be putting any premium into the market, but Fridays February option expiration could be the catalyst keeping the market in check. Looking at open interest, 350 looks to be the magnet as of right now. There are about 60,000 total open calls and open puts at 350 and a nickel on each side. The weaker US Dollar is certainly supportive in the overnight and early morning session on the back of comments from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Technicals: The overnight and early morning price action is encouraging, but expectations should once again be tempered as we approach the top end of the trading range from 354-355, above that there is additional resistance from 358-360 ½. If the bulls can achieve a conviction close above these levels, then the funds have a green light to cover some of their big short position; until then the bears remain in control. If the bears can defend technical resistance, we expect to see the market retreat and slide towards....Please sign up for a Free Trial at Blue Line Futures to view our entire technical outlook and proprietary bias and levels.
Yesterdays Close: March soybean futures finished yesterdays session up 2 ½ cents, trading in a range of 9 ¼ cents. Funds were estimated buyers of 3,000 contracts.
Fundamentals: Informa Economics released their updated estimates for US plantings in 2018, they have lowered plantings from 91.367 million acres to 91.197 million acres. Weather developments in South America continue to be the headline driver in the market. Hot and dry weather in Argentina is the primary focus as there could be the potential for yield loss. Weather in Brazil seems to be more favorable at this point in time. Soybean Meal has also been providing some support to the market, if we see a correction in the market, that could put pressure on beans.
Yesterdays Close: Wheat futures finished yesterday’s session down 3 ¾ cents, trading in a range of 5 ¼ on the day. Funds were estimated sellers of 3,500 contracts.
Fundamentals: Wheat futures are finding support this morning on the back of a weaker US Dollar. If the USD continues to fall, this could help the prospects of better exports. Exports have been a lagging catalyst which has kept a lid on the market. If we start to see a trend of better than expected exports, you can imagine that funds would start to cover some of their large short position. Export sales will be released on Friday due to the government shut down to start the week.
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