DTN Midday Grain Comments 03/16 11:40
Corn, Wheat Lower at Midday
Soybeans lead at midday with corn lower, and wheat sharply lower.
By David Fiala
DTN Contributing Analyst
The U.S. stock market indices are higher at midday with the dow futures up
125 points. The interest rate products are mixed. The dollar index is 20 points
higher. Energies are mixed with crude up 0.10. Livestock trade is lower.
Precious metals are lower with gold down $6.50.
Corn trade is 3 to 4 cents lower at midday with trade drifting lower with
spillover pressure from wheat. Ethanol margins remain positive with more
improvement expected as we progress towards spring with ethanol futures backing
off heading towards the weekend. Double-crop areas in Brazil look to build some
moisture in the coming days; with early harvest starting in Argentina. The
daily wire was quiet again today, but US origin remains competitively priced on
the world market. On the May chart, trade is back below the 10-day at $3.89
with the 20-day at $3.83 the next level of support, and resistance the high at
Soybean trade is 3 to 6 cents higher at midday with trade hanging just below
resistance. Meal is flat to $1.00 higher and oil is 10 to 20 points higher. The
weather pattern is bringing some rain to parts of Argentina with Brazil
remaining mostly the same in the next week, while harvest continues to expand,
with logistic issues being watched, as they are typical for this time of year.
Crush margins have narrowed a little with the meal slump but remain strong
overall, with NOPA crush beating expectations at 153.48 million bushels
yesterday, 5 million more than expected. The USDA announced 20,000 metric tons
of soyoil sold to unknown. On the May contract, support is the 50-day at 10.17
below that, with resistance the 20-day at 10.51 that we continue to remain
Wheat trade is 3 to 14 cents lower at midday with improved forecast for
parts of Kansas encouraging selling, while spring wheat remains near flat.
Plains weather will likely keep the SW Plains dry though with most improvement
slated for north of I-70, and east of I-35. The dollar index remains just below
90 on the index, with sideways trade continuing. Black Sea-origin prices have
drifted lower, solidifying their advantage in export markets, with better
spring weather showing up for the area. On the May Kansas City wheat support is
the 50-day at $4.84 after we slipped through the 20-day at $5.15 overnight.
David Fiala is a DTN contributing analyst and the President of FuturesOne
and a registered adviser.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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