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Closing Bell Wrap-Up

It was a day of red at the CBOT with corn and soybeans marking new contract lows and Chicago wheat breaking below key support. MGEX HRS wheat found support just above its contract low and did not venture below that point today.  The cause of the day’s price weakness was – what else? - escalation in the U.S.-China trade war. China announced it will file another WTO dispute if the Trump Administration activates new tariffs in August. The situation is hardly improving for U.S. ag interests, a fact evident in CBOT prices today.  It’s a “risk off” day in the markets with U.S. stock indexes lower amid trade war and other global geopolitical worries (i.e., conflict at the NATO meetings). The VIX is higher...

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