Yesterday’s Close: March corn futures finished yesterdays session unchanged, trading in a range of 3 ½ cents on the day. Funds were estimated buyers of 8,000 contracts on the day.
Fundamentals: Yesterdays export sales came in at 1,850,000 metric tons, this compares to the expected range from 1,000,000-1,700,000 metric tons. Corn bulls want to see a continued trend of better than expected exports to encourage additional short covering and new buying interest. The USD has been trading near multiyear lows which has helped revive some global demand. Weather in South America continues to be monitored as some are concerned of potential yield loss in areas of Argentina. Private estimates for the Brazilian crop have been increased from 23.44 mmt to 23.87 mmt.
Yesterday’s Close: March soybeans finished yesterdays session down 12 cents, trading in a range of 18 cents. Funds were estimated sellers of 8,000 contracts on the day.
Fundamentals: Soybean futures took a turn south yesterday on the back of very disappointing export sales. Weekly export sales came in at 358,900 metric tons, this compares to the estimated range from 600,000-1,200,000 metric tons. On top of the poor exports sales, chances of rain have worked back into the forecast for areas of Argentina that have been relatively dry. There are some seasonals in play that should be encouraging for the bulls. We have recently referenced a May buy, the November buy starts today. If you had bought on February first and sold on the 17th, you would have been profitable for 13 of the last 15 years, with the average gain being about 12 cents.
Yesterday’s Close: March wheat futures closed ¼ cent lower yesterday, trading in a range of 8 ¼ cents on the day. Funds were estimate buyers of 500 contracts.
Fundamentals: Wheat futures were under pressure to start yesterday morning as weekly export sales came in at 289,100 metric tons, this compares to the expected range from 300,000-600,000 metric tons. Weather premium has been the catalyst for encouraging higher prices on the back of fund short covering. The bulls need to see more bad news to continue the rally, neutral or no news will likely invite sellers back into the market. The USD is trading near multiyear lows which has also offered some support to the market.
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