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April 12, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 239

Grains Higher in the Night Session

Crude Oil continues to Show Positive Gains

Grains were higher in the night session with soybeans continuing to take on new highs for this 6-week rally. In outside markets, crude oil continued to show positive gains getting closer to $41 a barrel, with equity futures also moving higher as well.

 

Grain markets will look towards today’s USDA supply and demand report. Most analysts expect incremental changes in ending stocks with old-crop wheat and corn stocks are expected to move higher on weaker exports while soybeans are expected to move lower.

 

On Monday, USDA reported a drop in the US winter wheat condition to 56% versus 59% last week. Corn plantings were pegged at 4% for the first report of the year. This is on par with the 5-year average but faster than last year when 1% of the crop was planted.

 

In international news, Egypt’s GASC tendered for wheat with the lowest offers coming from Ukraine, France & Romania. Japan's Ministry of Agriculture is seeking to buy 127,620 MT of food quality wheat from the United States, Canada and Australia in a regular tender that will close late on Thursday.

 

Crude oil continues to trade above $40 a barrel for the first time since March. Weakness in the US dollar is helping support crude oil prices as is the recent drawdown in crude inventories. A meeting of major oil producers in Doha on April 17 to discuss a freeze in oil output also is being followed closely since it could stabilize prices.

 

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April 11, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 286
April 11, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 249

Grains Sharply Divided in the Overnight

Oil Prices Slipped on Monday

Grains were sharply divided overnight with wheat seeing big losses while soybeans rallied as much as 7 cents before backing off into the break. Corn was weaker as well in the night trade.

 

Soybeans got a lift from a bullish palm oil report Sunday night. Malaysia's palm oil stocks at the end of March fell 13.1% to 1.89 MMT from 2.17 MMT. Exports rose 22.9% to 1.33 MMT tonnes in March. Participants in a Reuters poll expected stockpiles to fall 10.3%t to 1.95 MMT, and exports to rise 12.4% to 1.22 MMT.

 

Wheat came under pressure hitting lows established in early March as forecasts for widespread rains across the U.S. Plains over the weekend eased worries about yield losses. Long-term weather forecasts call for rains in the U.S. Plains. This pattern seems to have strengthened and now heavy rainfall is expected over Saturday and Sunday. Russia's wheat export prices are expected to fall 4% from current levels when the new crop is delivered to the market, IKAR, one of the leading Moscow-based agriculture consultancies, said on Monday. Prices for the new wheat crop with 12.5 percent protein content and for August delivery are quoted by market participants at $176.5 per tonne on a free-on-board (FOB) basis in the Black Sea now, Dmitry Rylko, the head of IKAR, said. The current spot prices are $183 per tonne, he added.

 

Oil prices slipped on Monday after banks dampened hopes that the result of next Sunday's meeting of producers in Qatar aimed at freezing current output levels would improve the current supply-demand balance. Analysts at Goldman Sachs, who expect oil prices to average $35 a barrel in the second quarter, cautioned the outcome of the meeting may end up being bearish for the market. "A production freeze at recent production levels would not accelerate the rebalancing of the oil market as OPEC (excluding Iran) and Russian production levels have this year remained close to our 2016 average annual forecast of 40.5 million bpd," the analysts said.

 

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April 08, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 241

Weekly Cash Comments

Weekly Cash Commentary for week ending 4/08/2016

Grain basis was slightly firmer on the week, but still showing no real movement to the upside. For the week, US average corn basis was up 0.5 cents a bushel, and soybeans up only 0.25 cents a bushel.

 

A late week rally in beans got some uptick in country movement but buyers are keeping basis levels fairly steady with more supplies as planting season will bring a temporary halt to farmer selling. For corn basis, river terminals found some modest strength this week as basis at the Gulf moved 4 cents higher on a recent uptick in export activity. For soybeans, basis was 1-cent higher at the Gulf, which helped lift river terminal basis on the week.

 

End users of corn for ethanol were modestly higher as a group, although there were some notable bids that were up 5 to 10 cents on the week. For soybean plants, basis levels were up 0.5 cents on average with most facilities keeping basis unchanged for the week.  

 

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April 08, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 346

Crude Races Higher in the Overnight

Grains Find Modest Strength in the Overnight

Grains found some modest strength overnight with wheat leading the advances after the sharp sell-off in the past week. In outside markets, crude oil raced higher overnight nearly posting a $2 a barrel advance while US stock futures were higher as well.

 

Wheat found some buying interest overnight with South Korea's Daehan Flour Mill buying 55,700 MT of wheat to be sourced from the United States, and Japan's Ministry of Agriculture bought 137,486 MT of food quality wheat from the United States, Canada and Australia in a regular tender that closed late on Friday.

 

The Plains will see scattered showers occur at the start of next week near the Kansas/Oklahoma border and into parts of Texas/Oklahoma, with rains also likely later in the 6 to 10 day across the western Plains. While the outlook is drier as a whole compared to yesterday for the next two weeks in the Plains, many of the driest western areas may still see some improvement. Central Kansas is probably the most at risk to be short-changed based on the current model runs, although confidence remains low due to the continued inconsistency in the model guidance.

 

Corn has found some buying interest of late with modest gains in cash basis and traders expecting a lower corn number than USDA put out in March. However, the risk for bigger carryout still exists. As U of Illinois economist Darrel Good states “Planted acreage of 93.6 million acres, harvested acreage of 86 million acres, and an average yield near the USDA's calculated trend of 168 bushels would result in a crop of 14.448 billion bushels and 2016-17 marketing year ending stocks near 2.4 billion bushels."

 

Oil prices rose as much as 5 percent on Friday, lifted by fresh hopes over a proposed freeze in oil production and firm economic indicators from the United States and Germany that cast a positive light on growth in fuel demand. Russia's oil production could fall in April, sources said, while the country's energy minister expressed hopes that producer nations could agree to an output freeze at a meeting in Doha later this month. Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a note that U.S. shale production was in "freefall" and that "as the global oil glut starts to clear, crude oil should lead the way". Still, some warned that oil prices could fall again, dragged down by a glut that will take time to clear and soaring production outside the United States, especially in parts of the Middle East.

 

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April 07, 2016 | Kevin McNew | Views: 423
April 07, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 223

Crude Oil Gives up Yesterday’s Gains in the Overnight

Yesterday, Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant said his company seed sales suggest a corn acreage number lower than USDA’s forecast

Grains were lower overnight while in outside markets stock indices and crude oil gave up some of yesterday’s sharp gains.

 

Brazil’s government sees 2015/16 soybean crop 98.98 MMT versus last month’s forecast of 101.18 MMT. For corn, they peg the crop AT 84.66 versus 83.52 as the forecast in March.

 

In export news, South Korea bought some Australian wheat, while Egypt’s GASC tendered for wheat overnight with the lowest price coming in at $183/MT and no US interests were submitted for the tender.

 

Yesterday, Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant said his company seed sales suggest a corn acreage number lower than USDA’s forecast of 93.6 million acres. Although he did not give a specific forecast, Grant suggested a number greater than 90 million acres based on year-on-year company seed sales.

 

WEEKLY EXPORT SALES

 

                         OC Actual         OC Expected         NC Actual     NC Expected

Corn                      945.2             800-1,000                175.1             0-200

Soybeans               420.4                150-350                   1.5              0-200

Wheat                   -58.1                150-350                159.3            50-150

 

EIA crude stocks were down sharply on Wednesday as the government agency estimated US crude inventories were off nearly 5 million barrels. Analysts had been expecting a 3.15 million barrel build in stocks for the week.

 

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April 06, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 263
April 06, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 226

Grains Head Lower in the Overnight Session

In outside markets, crude oil was higher as were stock index futures

Grains headed lower in the overnight session with wheat leading the complex to lower on improved crop ratings. In outside markets, crude oil was higher as were stock index futures.

 

On Tuesday, USDA pegged the US wheat crop at 59% good-to-excellent versus expectations of 57% from analysts. That is up above 44% at the same time last year and the five-year average of 42%. However, key HRW states of KS, OK & TX were all lower on the week seeing crop condition ratings slip over last week.

 

In Brazil, private consultant Celeres raised their soy and corn crop forecast, pegging soybeans at 99.9 MMT versus their previous forecast of 99.1 and lifting corn to 87.5 MMT from a previous forecast of 87.1.

 

Corn found modest strength on Tuesday, gaining ground on soybeans as traders unwound short corn/long bean spread trades. Corn rose to its highest in almost a week on talk U.S. farmers may plant more soybeans instead of the corn sowings they previously planned. Soybeans were lower, in turn weakened by prospects of larger U.S. sowings, but saw some support from rain hindering Argentina's harvest.

 

In oil, API weekly data showed crude oil stocks were down 4.3 million barrels versus trade estimates which expected a 2.9 million barrel build. This is the first time weekly data has shown a drop in crude stocks since mid-February. EIA official government data will be released at 9:30 CDT, with expectations for a 3.15 million barrel build.

 

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April 05, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 250

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May 04, 2016 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew

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