Are Soybeans putting in a False Bottom?

Published on: 23:51PM Oct 07, 2014

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Grain markets are sharply higher to start the week causing many traders and analysts to wonder if the harvest low is now in.  For soybeans not much has changed from a fundamental perspective, but outside market influence and weather/harvest delay concerns have been the spark needed to trigger a short covering rally.  The question is - Is this a bottom or a false bottom.  

The rally in soybeans so far this week is the product of uncertainty creeping into the markets.  There are now a whole lot of questions surrounding the soybean market that did not seem to exist a week or two ago.  Are we going to get the crop out?  Will a frost/freeze event have a large impact on national average yield?  Is the IDX topping out and potentially making soybeans cheaper for the rest of the world on the exchange rate?  How will the USDA handle the old crop balance sheet, new crop beginning stocks and demand and acreage?  How will the South American crop look?  These questions breed uncertainty and uncertainty breeds nervousness.  This nervousness has translated into a fairly healthy amount of short covering and some positive technical divergences on a chart.  But, can it last?   

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There always is a chance that the low is in any market as things can change quickly.  Overall we do not seem much as having changed this week for the soybean market yet, but short covering reflects the possibility of changes coming.  If there were any major and ongoing issues with harvest or South American planting it could be a game changer for the soybeans.  We are not at a point yet where this is a reality.  For now these are only possible threats.  If we can get this huge soybean crop harvested and South America can get their record acreage planted we could still see new lows in soybeans.  However, the start of this week is a good example of how things could turn on a dime if there were a major change in fundamentals.  

At this point we feel that soybeans are likely putting in a false bottom.  Looking at the two week forecast there will be harvest delays but there should also be good progress made at times.  It is also too early to predict what will happen with the South American crop but there is a good chance they will get the intended record acreage planted.  As long as there are no major issues and the USDA does not have a shockingly bullish October 10th WASDE report on tap soybeans could still make new lows.  

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