August 16, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 292
August 16, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 262

Grains Mostly Higher Overnight

US Dollar sharply lower

Grains were mostly higher overnight as soybeans and corn continue to add to recent gains while wheat slipped. In outside markets, the US dollar was sharply lower while crude oil slipped lower from 5-week highs.


On Monday, USDA’s crop progress report showed corn and soybean condition unchanged from last week, with corn pegged at 74% good-to-excellent and soybeans at 72%. Also on Monday, NOPA’s monthly soybean crush report was disappointing showing 143.7 MB of soybeans crushed in July while traders had been looking for 146.7 MB.


In international news, the head of Russia’s grain union expects the wheat crop there to be 69.5 MMT. That would be a lower number than the 72.0 MMT pegged by USDA. Germany's 2016 wheat harvest will fall 8.8% on the year to 24.21 MMT after crops suffered from bad weather this summer with rain and lack of sunshine, the country's association of farm cooperatives said on Tuesday. This was down from the 25.4 MMT the association had previously forecast in July with crops in the meantime suffering from persistent harvest-time showers in major German grain belts.


Oil prices remained near five-week highs on Tuesday, fueled by talk of producers taking action to prop up the market, although some investors cashed in during Asian hours on the 16% rally since early August. Asian equity markets rose to one-year highs, expanding their gains this year to 10 percent, supported by a jump in oil prices and investor expectations of an extended phase of easy monetary policy around the globe.


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August 15, 2016 | Arlette Sambs | Views: 775

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August 15, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 300

Grains Start the Week Higher

Crude Oil also trading higher

Grains were higher to start the new week, shrugging off Friday’s bumper crop forecasts by USDA. Crude oil was also higher, trading briefly above $45 for the first time since Jul 21.


Friday’s crop report couldn’t have been much more bearish as both corn and soybean production forecasts came in well above analyst expectations, but traders seemed skeptical of 175 yield on US corn as prices ended up rallying on the news and continue to trade higher today. Export prices for US corn has achieved the low price medal in the world market, which should help keep export business brisk.


Saudi Arabia's main state wheat buying agency the Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO) said on Monday it has purchased 640,000 tonnes of hard wheat in a tender. A tender for for 600,000 tonnes content had closed on Friday seeking wheat with 12.5 percent protein for October and November shipment. The accepted origins in the tender were the European Union, North America, South America and Australia at the sellers' option.


NOPA July crush estimates are out later this morning. The report is expected to show a crush of 146.7 million bushels of soybeans in July. That would have been the biggest crush ever for any July. The previous record of 145.227 was set in July 2015. In June, NOPA processors crushed 145.050 million bushels of soybeans. Crush forecasts ranged from 142.643 million to 150.000 million bushels, with a median of 147.500 million bushels.

The NOPA report is scheduled for release on Monday at 11 a.m. CDT


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August 12, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 479
August 12, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 322

Weekly Cash Comments

Weekly Cash Commentary for week ending 08/12/2016

National basis was mixed yet again. Soybeans saw slight basis gains while corn moved lower.


On average, corn lost ½ a cent per bushel. Ethanol basis followed in lockstep, losing ½ a cent as well. Even with strong exports this week, corn along the river dropped of 5 ½ cents per bushel.


Soybean crush facilities lead the move higher gaining 4.64 cents per bushel. Reports of increased worldwide demand for soyoil could be helping. Overall soybean basis edged up 1.5 cents this week on strong export demand. Soybean river basis broke the trend and was off almost a cent to close the week.


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August 12, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 301

USDA News Today at 11 a.m.

Grain Markets Drift Lower in the Overnight

Grain markets drifted lower overnight as traders await news from USDA at 11 am CDT this morning about the size of the corn and soybean crop.


Traders are looking for big bumps in the yield and production forecasts relative to USDA’s numbers in July. For corn, traders expect a 170.6 corn yield and a production forecast of 14.76 billion bushels. This would be up from the July forecast of 168.0 and 14.54, respectively. For soybeans, July’s estimates by USDA were 46.7 for yield and 3.88 for production. Traders expect those numbers to grow to 47.5 and 3.94, respectively.


In overnight news, the Taiwan Flour Millers' Association purchased 85,250 tonnes of milling wheat to be sourced from the United States in a tender which closed on Thursday, European traders said on Friday. The wheat was bought for September/October shipment in two consignments comprising different wheat types, they said.


USDA reported a sale of 258,000 MT of soybeans to China.


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August 11, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | | Views: 360
August 11, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 365

Weekly Export Sales Numbers out Today

Crude Oil dips below $42

Grains were higher overnight although continue to struggle with relatively tight, range-bound trade. In outside markets, crude oil dipped below $42.


Traders await Friday’s USDA report, expected to show large production for corn and soybeans. Average analyst estimates are at 170.6 yield for corn and 47.5. Both figures would be well above July yield projections from USDA. However, there is a growing number of analysts that are suggesting the potential for lower yields. Lanworth in a seminar yesterday put their yield forecast at 165.6 and Descartes Labs yesterday released a forecast if 169.0.


In export news, Saudi Arabia's main state wheat buying agency, the Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO), has issued an international tender to purchase 600,000 tonnes of hard wheat, it said on Thursday. The tender deadline is Aug. 12. The wheat, with 12.5 percent protein content, is sought from global suppliers for shipments in October and November 2016, it said.


Weekly export sales from USDA came in strong with all three crops scoring an above expectation total.




                 OC-Act      OC-Exp       NC-Act         NC-Exp

Corn            595        200-400         1,015      800-1,100

Soybeans     308        200-400         2,792   1,900-2,500

Wheat                                             607          350-550


World shares hovered close to one-year highs on Thursday as oil prices dropped for a third straight day and the latest interest rate cut in a developed market - this time New Zealand - got a lukewarm response from investors.   The slip in crude markets left energy firms and London's FTSE backpedaling, though a sharp jump in consumer goods stocks lifted the rest of Europe ahead of what was expected to be a 0.2 percent higher start for Wall Street. Currency markets' broader focus remained on whether U.S. interest rates will rise this year, with traders looking ahead to speeches by Federal Reserve officials culminating in Fed Chair Janet Yellen's Aug. 26 address at the Jackson Hole symposium.


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August 10, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 356

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