Corn mixed, while funds lift soybeans

Corn: Corn traded on both sides but finished about unchanged on Monday. This is actually quite fitting trade for this market. At the moment, technicals and fundamentals are suggesting two different directions.

Fundamentals have a weather forecast that still offers no real threats through the end of the month. New long range maps suggest a July forecast with no threats either. In 2008 and 2009, the previous two wet spring years, we saw corn acreage increase due to high price. It would not be hard to believe a USDA increase in corn acres at the end of the month for this reason. Producers are suggesting they may have planted more acres than originally intended in the non-flooded areas…Ryan Ettner

Soybeans: After seven straight selling sessions, the funds were finally buying Monday. They bought 5,000 beans, 1,000 meal and 3,000 oil. The bounce was mostly contributed to short covering after seeing six straight sessions with declines.

There were talks of firmer cash markets in Brazil that were tied with sales of Brazilian soy to China. USDA crop progress was just released and beans are now 94% planted vs. 93% a year ago and a 93% five-year average. Bean condition ratings also improved. They are now 68% good to excellent. That is up 1% from 67%. This is right in line with the trade estimates from ideal weather conditions over the last seven days. USDA has conditions better than the 65% average.

The weather could remain bearish again this week as temperatures stay warm but rain could be heavy in spots…Steve Georgy

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