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The arrest in Vancouver, Canada of Meng Wanzhou, a high-ranking executive of giant Chinese cellular technology company Huawei, and her pending extradition to the U.S. on charges of violating Iranian sanctions pose a potential roadblock for U.S.-China trade negotiations. Huawei has close ties to the Chinese government, which has launched a strong official protest to Canada and the U.S. over this and demanded her release. We do not know if her arrest will affect the trade negotiations during the 90-day truce, but the risk that it might do so cast a pall over the soybean market today. Grain and soy futures prices were lower during the overnight session, pressured by lower energy prices and the prospect that U.S. stocks would drop sharply afte...

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Mar 19 Corn closed at $3.7475/bushel, up $0 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Wheat closed at $5.0425/bushel, down $0.0275 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soybeans closed at $9.075/bushel, up $0.04 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soymeal closed at $306.5/short ton, up $1 from yeste...

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