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Market Commentary

The overnight session opened with little price direction. Grain and soy prices were down just slightly, although they recovered enough to trade in mixed fashion but very light volume. At the morning recess, corn and soybeans were in slightly positive territory, but wheat was a little weaker. Th...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Wheat, corn and soybean markets started higher Sunday night, and they held those small gains throughout the entire session. The relatively light volume then continued through today to start the week before Christmas. The market had been expecting an announcement of additional soybean export sal...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Corn was higher with soybeans up slightly and wheat mixed in the Thursday night session. Trading volume was fairly strong overnight. This morning USDA announced sales of another 300,000 MT of soybeans to China plus 130,000 MT to “unknown” and 125,000 MT of corn to Japan. There is st...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Overnight futures trade featured stronger wheat prices, lower soybean prices and corn near unchanged with only average volume. The soybean market seemed to exhibit “rumor fatigue.” When at last USDA/ FAS announced a sale of 1.13 MMT of soybeans to China under the daily reporting req...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

It is hard to keep track of the rumors flying around concerning Chinese plans to buy U.S. soybeans. Their most common thread has China buying 5-8 MMT, although there are several versions of this rumor. One has Sinograin and COFCO, a state-owned trading company, as the buyers since both would pr...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

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. Gr...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

It was a quiet Sunday night opening with markets all slightly lower. Trading volume was also average or less both last night and today. The only difference during today’s session was that corn, wheat and soybean futures all slowly gravitated toward unchanged. Weekly export inspections wer...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The extremely wild gyrations in U.S. equity markets are a good indication that no one knows where the U.S./China trade dispute is headed as well as a sign that it is the rest of the economy that overshadows agricultural concerns. It has been nearly a week since the Trump/Xi dinner in Argentina,...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

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...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The U.S. government will be closed 5 December to honor the late George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States. Release of the government’ s various reports for the remainder of the week will be delayed by one business day as a result. Whatever excitement was created by last we...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The markets expected an explosive Sunday night market following the great news about the Saturday meeting between Presidents Trump and Xi that has led to a 90-day truce on implementing new tariffs and also promised significant commodity purchases by China. Markets instead took a much more measu...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Soybeans and corn were all slightly higher overnight, led by 5-6 cent gains in soybeans. Markets opened stronger than that this morning and stayed that way throughout the session. There was optimism around the markets that the Saturday evening meeting in Argentina between the U.S. and China wil...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Grain and soy prices were mostly lower overnight, although not greatly so considering the general strength across the board yesterday. The day session was dominated by whichever way the China trade winds seemed to be blowing. There were optimistic tweets from President Trump that a deal with Ch...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Ag Review - November 2018

WPI's monthly publication features analyses of U.S. agribusiness, the U.S. soybean crushing complex, the U.S. meat and livestock industry, the global outlook for farm inputs, and policy trends. It also provides a review of agribusiness stock prices along with expectations for future performance...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Soy and soy product futures prices were mostly firmer overnight as the market built on yesterday’s turnaround rally. Corn and wheat prices stayed nearer to yesterday’s closes. About the time of the trading recess, Chinese President Xi declared in a speech to the Spanish parliament t...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Yesterday’s tough-talking rhetoric from President Trump, in which he said he planned to go ahead with additional tariffs on Chinese imports, was apparently seen as posturing ahead of his Friday meeting with President Xi because it seemed to have no effect on overnight futures markets trad...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds livestock

Market Commentary

Markets opened Sunday evening with wheat 3-4 cents higher, corn up a penny and soybeans a penny lower. Overnight volume was much better than last week. Markets then opened this morning with wheat up 5-6 cents, corn slightly lower and soybeans down 6-7 cents. Soybean futures, however, ran into h...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Trading volume in all markets was extremely light today, which is not surprising as it was a holiday-shortened session. This is also Black Friday, and there is greater interest in shopping than trading. Wheat popped early on news that Egypt had purchased two cargoes of U.S. soft red winter whea...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

U.S. trading offices were likely only half-staffed today and possibly less than that. It is always tempting to expand a Thursday holiday into a Wednesday-Sunday affair, especially when grain markets are doing little of significance. That certainly describes their performance of late, and the re...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

With the U.S. stock market tanking again and worries over the global economy building, investors continued yesterday’s flight from risk. Nearly all commodity markets were lower, led by a nearly $4.00 loss for crude oil, and the “safe haven” U.S. dollar was up sharply. Amid all...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The Sunday night markets opened almost exactly steady and traded that way for the first two to three hours. They then finished that session with wheat down 3-4 cents, soybeans down 6-7 cents and corn steady to a half-cent lower. The very light volume overnight extended into today’s early...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

It was another quiet night session Thursday evening with little price change in corn, wheat and soybean futures, and that dull pattern of trade didn’t change today. U.S. weather is basically cool and dry for the foreseeable future. That should allow the remaining fall harvests to finish a...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The soybean market’s early rally on further reports of discussions on trade between high-level U.S. and Chinese officials helped pull the rest of the markets higher – at least for a while. At their daily highs, December corn was up 4.75 cents with Chicago December wheat up 6 cents...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Yesterday commodity markets were dominated by NYMEX crude oil’s precipitous decline, but today that market stabilized and actually closed a little higher to end its 12-day losing streak. This allowed other commodities to return to their own specifics. Unfortunately for the grain and soy f...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The overnight session opened with little price direction. Grain and soy prices were down just slightly, although they recovered enough to trade in mixed fashion but very light volume. At the morning recess, corn and soybeans were in slightly positive territory, but wheat was a little weaker. Th...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Wheat, corn and soybean markets started higher Sunday night, and they held those small gains throughout the entire session. The relatively light volume then continued through today to start the week before Christmas. The market had been expecting an announcement of additional soybean export sal...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Corn was higher with soybeans up slightly and wheat mixed in the Thursday night session. Trading volume was fairly strong overnight. This morning USDA announced sales of another 300,000 MT of soybeans to China plus 130,000 MT to “unknown” and 125,000 MT of corn to Japan. There is st...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Overnight futures trade featured stronger wheat prices, lower soybean prices and corn near unchanged with only average volume. The soybean market seemed to exhibit “rumor fatigue.” When at last USDA/ FAS announced a sale of 1.13 MMT of soybeans to China under the daily reporting req...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

It is hard to keep track of the rumors flying around concerning Chinese plans to buy U.S. soybeans. Their most common thread has China buying 5-8 MMT, although there are several versions of this rumor. One has Sinograin and COFCO, a state-owned trading company, as the buyers since both would pr...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

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. Gr...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

It was a quiet Sunday night opening with markets all slightly lower. Trading volume was also average or less both last night and today. The only difference during today’s session was that corn, wheat and soybean futures all slowly gravitated toward unchanged. Weekly export inspections wer...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The extremely wild gyrations in U.S. equity markets are a good indication that no one knows where the U.S./China trade dispute is headed as well as a sign that it is the rest of the economy that overshadows agricultural concerns. It has been nearly a week since the Trump/Xi dinner in Argentina,...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

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...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The U.S. government will be closed 5 December to honor the late George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States. Release of the government’ s various reports for the remainder of the week will be delayed by one business day as a result. Whatever excitement was created by last we...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The markets expected an explosive Sunday night market following the great news about the Saturday meeting between Presidents Trump and Xi that has led to a 90-day truce on implementing new tariffs and also promised significant commodity purchases by China. Markets instead took a much more measu...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Soybeans and corn were all slightly higher overnight, led by 5-6 cent gains in soybeans. Markets opened stronger than that this morning and stayed that way throughout the session. There was optimism around the markets that the Saturday evening meeting in Argentina between the U.S. and China wil...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Grain and soy prices were mostly lower overnight, although not greatly so considering the general strength across the board yesterday. The day session was dominated by whichever way the China trade winds seemed to be blowing. There were optimistic tweets from President Trump that a deal with Ch...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Ag Review - November 2018

WPI's monthly publication features analyses of U.S. agribusiness, the U.S. soybean crushing complex, the U.S. meat and livestock industry, the global outlook for farm inputs, and policy trends. It also provides a review of agribusiness stock prices along with expectations for future performance...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Soy and soy product futures prices were mostly firmer overnight as the market built on yesterday’s turnaround rally. Corn and wheat prices stayed nearer to yesterday’s closes. About the time of the trading recess, Chinese President Xi declared in a speech to the Spanish parliament t...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Yesterday’s tough-talking rhetoric from President Trump, in which he said he planned to go ahead with additional tariffs on Chinese imports, was apparently seen as posturing ahead of his Friday meeting with President Xi because it seemed to have no effect on overnight futures markets trad...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds livestock

Market Commentary

Markets opened Sunday evening with wheat 3-4 cents higher, corn up a penny and soybeans a penny lower. Overnight volume was much better than last week. Markets then opened this morning with wheat up 5-6 cents, corn slightly lower and soybeans down 6-7 cents. Soybean futures, however, ran into h...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Trading volume in all markets was extremely light today, which is not surprising as it was a holiday-shortened session. This is also Black Friday, and there is greater interest in shopping than trading. Wheat popped early on news that Egypt had purchased two cargoes of U.S. soft red winter whea...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

U.S. trading offices were likely only half-staffed today and possibly less than that. It is always tempting to expand a Thursday holiday into a Wednesday-Sunday affair, especially when grain markets are doing little of significance. That certainly describes their performance of late, and the re...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

With the U.S. stock market tanking again and worries over the global economy building, investors continued yesterday’s flight from risk. Nearly all commodity markets were lower, led by a nearly $4.00 loss for crude oil, and the “safe haven” U.S. dollar was up sharply. Amid all...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The Sunday night markets opened almost exactly steady and traded that way for the first two to three hours. They then finished that session with wheat down 3-4 cents, soybeans down 6-7 cents and corn steady to a half-cent lower. The very light volume overnight extended into today’s early...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

It was another quiet night session Thursday evening with little price change in corn, wheat and soybean futures, and that dull pattern of trade didn’t change today. U.S. weather is basically cool and dry for the foreseeable future. That should allow the remaining fall harvests to finish a...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The soybean market’s early rally on further reports of discussions on trade between high-level U.S. and Chinese officials helped pull the rest of the markets higher – at least for a while. At their daily highs, December corn was up 4.75 cents with Chicago December wheat up 6 cents...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Yesterday commodity markets were dominated by NYMEX crude oil’s precipitous decline, but today that market stabilized and actually closed a little higher to end its 12-day losing streak. This allowed other commodities to return to their own specifics. Unfortunately for the grain and soy f...

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