Has Corn Weathered the Storm?

Published on: 00:28AM May 15, 2019

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On Monday July Corn made a new contract low on the back of a bearish USDA report on Friday and the lack of a trade deal. By the closing bell however corn had managed to rally over 16 cents to close above Friday's high to put in a true key reversal. On Tuesday corn gaped higher and didn't look back posting another strong gain. Has corn finally found it's spring low?

Last week was dominated by panic in the corn market. The trade deal, which a week before had seemed eminent, completely fell through. To cap off the week the USDA announced a shocking 2.485 billion bushel carry over on their firs look into the new crop balance sheet. Market sentiment could not have been worse. However, even after a terribly bearish report on Friday corn managed to claw it's way back close to unchanged.

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On Sunday night corn was under significant pressure once again tagging a new contract low of $3.43 early in the day on Monday. But then something happened... Seemingly the market's attention shifted away from all of the negatives from last week to a potentially bullish story that had been flying under the market's radar - The Weather. By the end of the day corn had rallied 16 cents and closed over Friday's low. This is the definition of a bullish "key reversal".

This fear of the weather forecast was compounded Monday afternoon with the Crop Progress report. Corn and soybean planting came in well below trade expectations (30% compared to 35% expected, 9% compared to 15% expected) fueling the fire over planting concerns. For comparison, usually by the second week of may we have planted 63% of the corn crop. Illinois in particular was way behind at only 11% planted compared to 86% on average.

Going forward the weather forecast looks challenging for planting. While there will be a few days window in many areas this week an active weather pattern returns into the weekend and again next week. If this forecast colds up it will call into question whether we can actually get a 92.8 million acre corn crop planted in time. Currently, private estimates for this corn crop have already dropped 2-3 million acres and some believe a lot more could be lost to preventive planting (some say 6-10 million acres).

Doing some quick math, a 4 million acre reduction in planted acreage for corn cuts the USDA's projected ending stocks from 2.485 billion to 1.795 billion bushels (leaving all else equal). This could be a bad deal for the funds who were estimated to be short a little over 300,000 contracts (near record) coming into Tuesday. If the forecast holds true and we struggle to get this crop planted there could be more upside potential for corn as the funds would likely cover at least a large part of their short position.

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July Corn Daily Chart:

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