The market is mixed this morning with traders eyeing the NOPA crush report. Export sales were sluggish this week as export pace has picked up in South America.
The grains are mixed again this morning with wheat continuing its short covering action, up 3 3/4 cents this morning. Corn is down ½ a cent and soybean are trading 6 1/2 cents lower. The U.S. Dollar moved higher by a fraction of a percent this morning after pulling back from its peak on Thursday. Keep in mind NOPA crush numbers will be released at 11 AM CST on Monday March 16th.
Analysts are expecting 148.537 million bushels of soybeans crushed in the month of February which would be the largest February crush on record and a nearly 7 million bushel increase from last year. In a poll of eight analysts the average crush estimate ranged from 143.2 million bushels to 160.5 million bushels. Analysts see soyoil stocks coming in at 1.332 billion lbs which would be up from 1.228 billion lbs last month.
The USDA attaché stated in a report that it expected China’s 2015 hog imports could jump to 1,200,000 metric tons which would be a 20 percent increase over the latest official USDA forecast. The jump in import demand developed as a result of higher internal corn prices which has stressed profitability and reduced the 2015 hog count.
Export sales disappointed this week with corn and soybeans both booking well below analyst expectations.
The grains are mixed this morning with corn down ½ a cent, soybeans unchanged and wheat up 5 ¾ cents going into this morning’s pause in trade activity. Continued dryness in the U.S. wheat belt is providing reasons for continued wheat short covering after prices fell to new lows last Friday. The forecast expects some beneficial rains for the plains wheat crop next week. The U.S. Dollar is trading off yesterday’s highs after briefly trading over the 100 mark in the overnight.
Export sales didn't provide much support for the grains with corn and soybeans missing analyst expectations to the low side. Wheat sales were stronger than expected booking 445,000 metric tons compared to 300,000-450,000 metric tons expected. Large purchases from China, Mexico, unknown destinations and the Philippines helped maintain export sales in the face of a rapidly rising dollar. Corn sales fell to 418,000 metric tons of old crop sales, down 50 percent from the previous week and well below analyst expectations of between 600,000-800,000 metric tons. Soybeans also disappointed analysts by booking only 167,900 metric tons this week compared to 300,000-500,000 metric tons expected by analysts. Soybean sales are expected to come under pressure during the second half of the marketing year with 98 percent of expected sales already booked. The USDA left soybean export sales unchanged in the latest WASDE report.
On Wednesday, most Argentinian farmers halted grain sales in protest to bring attention to existing agricultural policies. The strike is expected to be limited to three days and will most likely not affect the loading at port facilities.
Ethanol production increased week over week by 13,000 barrels per day to 944,000 barrels per day which is still well over last year’s production pace. In the latest WASDE report released on Tuesday the 10th the USDA cut ethanol production by 50 million bushels. The USDA cited that the new Grain Crushing’s and Co-Products Production report showed corn used for ethanol between October and January occurred at a higher conversion rate than previously assumed.
The grains are trading higher in the overnight following the Tuesday WASDE report and despite the higher U.S dollar.
The dollar index continues to rally in the overnight reaching 99.145 in a rally that started after breaking through 95.90 on March 4th. The grains are also moving higher in the overnight with corn up 3 ¾ cents, soybeans up 5 ¾ cents and wheat up 6 ½ cents this morning. Be aware that the May Corn chart has resistance from the 100 and 50 day moving averages at 3.94 ½ and 3.95 ¾.
Yesterday, the USDA revised the corn ending stocks lower by 50 million bushels to 1,777 million bushels. The revision was a result of increased feed and residual use, increased export sales and a decreased ethanol production. Soybean ending stocks were held steady at 385 million bushels despite the strong pace of export sales this year. Analysts were expecting a cut in ending stocks by around 9 million bushels. Wheat ending stocks were cut to 691 million bushels down from 692 in February.
Global ending stocks for corn fell by 4.36 million metric tons in March as a result of higher U.S. usage and a 2 million metric ton production decline out of South Africa from hot dry weather conditions. Argentina production was increased by .5 MMT, but the rest of Argentina corn and soybean production was left unchanged.
Yesterday the Brazilian government representatives and independent truckers met to discuss freight rates, a central issue in the two week long trucker strike and blockade that clogged Brazil’s highways and kept fuel and grain from market. Rain in northern Brazil is likely to cause harvest delays over the next two weeks.
This morning the Taiwan Flour Millers association purchased 83,950 metric tons of milling wheat to be sourced from the U.S.
Analysts are expecting a revision in soybean ending stocks in this round of analyst expectations. With export sales are running well ahead of expectations, will the USDA lower 14/15 carryout?
The grains are trading lower in the overnight session with corn declining 1 ½ cents, soybeans down 3 ¾ cents and wheat trading 5 cents lower going into this morning’s pause. The U.S. dollar is up again this morning increasing over ½ a percent in the overnight session. This morning at 11 AM CST the USDA will release their March Supply and Demand Report.
Analysts are not expecting this report to bring a significant surprise to the market. In a Reuter’s poll of 20 analysts the average guess for corn ending stocks was 1.826 billion bushels which would be a slight decline from the 1.827 million bushels in the February WASDE report. The average trade guess for soybean ending stocks was 376 million bushels, down 9 million bushels from February. The average analyst guess expects wheat ending stocks to rise by 7 million bushels to 699 million metric tons.
This morning Brazil’s government crop agency cut 14/15 soybean production forecasts to 93.3 million metric tons down from 94.6 million metric tons reported in February. The most recent USDA forecast pegs Brazilian production at 94.5 MMT. Conab also revised expected corn production lower to 78.2 million metric tons from 78.4 in its February report.
Export inspections were average for soybeans this week reporting that 625,713 metric tons were inspected for export, down from 650,667 last week. Corn reported 1,180,686 metric tons, down 8 percent from the previous week but still beating analyst expectations which ranged from 900,000-1,100,000 MT. Wheat recorded 376,210 metric tons inspected for shipment this week which was on the low side of analyst expectations.
Corn basis has been strong lately and proved to be on the high side of analyst expectations. However, it may be difficult for corn to rise above current prices. Tune in tomorrow for the March supply and demand report.
The grains are bouncing this morning after seeing selling pressure last week. Traders will be adjusting positions with the March 10th WASDE report at the center of attention.
In the overnight, the grains traded higher with corn up 4 ½ cents, soybeans up 2 cents and wheat up 7 ¾ cents. The U.S. dollar is trading sideways this morning after a sharp move higher last Friday. The technical environment for corn looks to be negative this week with the 50 day and 100 day moving average crossing over each other this week. Tomorrow morning the USDA will release their March Supply and Demand report at 11 AM CST.
Analysts are expecting wheat ending stocks to increase to 699 million bushels from 692 in the February report. Total wheat export sales are in line with meeting current USDA expectations, but the rise in the dollar continues to hurt U.S. wheat competitiveness on the global market. Corn ending stocks are expected to decline slightly, falling to 1.826 billion bushels from 1.827 billion in February. Soybean ending stocks are expected to shrink down to 376 million bushels from 385 million bushels in February. Soybean export sales have run well ahead of last year’s pace, already booking 97.7 percent of forecast export sales.
In northern Brazil, minor harvesting delays are expected over the next couple weeks as rain is expected to slow fieldwork. Ports in the region have seen a 61 percent jump in ships waiting to be loaded jumping to 82 ships waiting along the coast from 51 last Friday. Last Thursday the Buenos Aires Grains Exchanged warned that flooding in the Northern Pampas region puts them at risk of downgrading production estimates in weeks to come. Last week they held their production estimates steady.
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In the overnight session corn is trading down 1 3/4 cents, soybeans are up 3 cents and wheat is down 8 cents going into this morning’s pause. The U.S. dollar is higher again this morning by .35 percent on continued worries out of Greece and the Euro zone. Crude oil is trading down 9 cents....
In the overnight session the grains are trading lower with corn down 2 1/4 cents, soybeans down 1 cent and wheat down 4 3/4 cents. The U.S Dollar is trading up over a percent this morning and crude oil has slipped 68 cents. Japan is seeking to buy 100,262 metric tons of food quality wheat...
In the overnight session the grains traded higher with wheat leading the way up 4 3/4 cents, corn traded up 1 3/4 cents and soybeans up 1/4 cent. The U.S. dollar index is trading about a 1/4 percent higher this morning and crude oil is down 58 cents.