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Market Commentary: ASF Tanks Dalian Soymeal, CBOT Soybeans; Wheat Retreats on Larger Global Crop Forecast

Friday’s CBOT trade was driven by a combination of end-of-month profit taking, volatile macro-markets, slow export demand, and news of new African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks in China. The latter item sparked a 5 percent decline in Dalian soymeal futures, the market’s steepest decline in eight years. In turn, that pressured CBOT soymeal and soybeans and sparked a broader selloff in ag commodities. Corn, soybeans, wheat, cattle, and hog futures all posted losses for the day.  Funds are thought to have sold 14,000 contracts of soybeans, and 10,000 contracts of corn along with 8,500 contracts of wheat. Funds are thought to have also been modest net sellers in soymeal and soyoil. This week’s CFTC data shows that, through...

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