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It has been more than 10 days since the Trump-Xi meeting in Buenos Aires wherein, according to President Trump and others in attendance, China agreed to purchase a large quantity of U.S agricultural and energy products. Yet there is no apparent sign to date that actual business has occurred. Grain and soy markets were initially lifted by word of the impending purchases, and they continue to generally maintain hope even though nothing has happened. The reason is that nearly every day something comes along to keep hope alive. Yesterday it was a report from Bloomberg that China intends to buy 5-8 MMT of U.S. soybeans. Today it was word that U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Lighthizer spoke with Vice-Premier...

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Mar 19 Corn closed at $3.8175/bushel, up $0.0175 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Wheat closed at $5.1775/bushel, up $0 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soybeans closed at $9.1675/bushel, up $0.09 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soymeal closed at $315.1/short ton, up $2.9 from yest...

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