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DTN Midday Grain Comments     12/17 11:37

   Beans, Wheat Higher at Midday

   Soybeans are the leader at midday in slow trade.  

By David Fiala
DTN Contributing Analyst

 General Comments

   The U.S. stock market indices are softer with the Dow futures down 100. The 
interest rate products are weaker. The dollar index is 30 lower. Energies are 
weaker with crude down $1.20. Livestock trade is sharply lower. Precious metals 
are mixed with gold up $5.10. 


   Corn trade is a penny lower in quiet midday trade with the March board just 
below the recent highs. Corn basis looks to be flat with better weather 
improving movement potential ahead of the likely year end slowdown. Ethanol 
margins remain poor with energies remaining at the lower end of the range and 
ethanol futures remaining flat with corn firmer generally over the past month. 
Trade will be watching the daily wire for more sales. The weekly export 
inspections were a little disappointing at 885,060 metric tons. On the March 
chart the 20-, 50-, and 100-day moving averages at $3.78-$3.80 is our chart 
support area with resistance at $3.87 3/4 then the 4-month high at $3.90 1/2.


   Soybean trade is 4 to 7 cents higher at midday with the expectation of more 
confirmation of China business, and dry weather in parts of Brazil. Meal is 
$1.50 to $2.50 higher and oil is 15 to 25 points lower. South America is 
focused on the dry pockets in Brazil along with quicker progress in Argentina. 
Basis will provide signals on the quantity of nearby cash business getting done 
with flat to slightly firmer trade this last week. The daily wire was quiet 
today. Big picture, U.S. origin is the economic choice for China in the 
three-month horizon, but once the bulk of the 2019 Argentine and Brazilian crop 
is harvested that likely will not be the case. The weekly export inspections 
were in line with expectations at 974,876 metric tons. January support is the 
20-day at $8.97, with the 10-day at $9.11 nearby resistance then the recent 
high at $9.29.


   Wheat trade was 2 to 6 cents higher at midday with trade still working to 
consolidate the recent move higher. The dollar has drifted lower to start the 
week, but remains elevated. Australian harvest will continue in the near term. 
North American winter wheat is seeing milder weather, helping late emergence. 
Russian/Ukrainian tensions will continue to draw attention, especially if 
Russian exports continue to slow. Weekly export inspections were good at 
682,162 metric tons. On the March Kansas City chart, support is at the 50-day 
of $5.18 that we closed above last week and today with the upper Bollinger Band 
at $5.21, which we are testing overnight and the 100-day the next round up at 

   David Fiala is a DTN contributing analyst and the President of FuturesOne 
and a registered adviser
He can be reached at 
Follow him on Twitter @davidfiala


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