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DTN Midday Grain Comments     12/06 12:16

   All Grains Higher at Midday

   Double-digit midday gains are again seen for beans at midday, providing mild 
support to corn and wheat.

By David Fiala
DTN Contributing Analyst

 General Comments

   The U.S. stock market indices are mixed with the Dow futures down 11. The 
interest rate products are lightly mixed. The dollar index is 31 points higher. 
Energies are mostly lower with crude down $1.20. Livestock trade is mostly 
higher. Precious metals are lower with gold down $5.


   Corn trade is 3 cents higher at midday and has been up around a nickel due 
to spillover support from beans and light chart buying of its own. Outside 
markets have crude down the dollar and stocks lightly higher giving light 
outside market pressure. In the big picture corn did not follow beans higher 
the past 2 months so although the fundamentals remain negative with the large 
carryover traders are talking about possible fund buying showing up for corn. 
Other traders were looking to sell morning strength looking for a turn-a-round 
Tuesday. Momentum is flat at midday, but best guess is for active trade this 
afternoon near the close. Chart support is the $3.52 1/2 to $3.54 1/2 area 
where we find the 10-day, 20-day and 50-day moving averages. The channel trend 
line resistance was at $3.61, which we are above, so notable midday chart 
resistance is the upper Bollinger Band, then the $3.69 4-month high. 


   Soybean trade is around a dime higher at midday, meal is up $7 and bean oil 
is up 5 points. Bean oil was up over 50 points early but has faded which has 
limited upside in beans here around midday. Beans are 7-8 cents off the early 
highs. The weekly export inspections were again extremely large yesterday 
morning boosting futures; they were at 1.910 million tons. The export demand 
has held up with the futures move above $10 but market bears argue supplies 
remain burdensome. The biggest chance for upside in beans this month is South 
American weather issues or simple short covering causing weather premium to be 
added. For today South American weather saw little change in the forecasts. If 
big export sales continue to show up, beans should have good support on light 
breaks. On the January chart the 10-day at $10.36 is now support with 
resistance at the $10.65 4-month high.  


   Wheat trade was mostly higher at midday with futures 1 to 3 cents higher 
across the three markets. Wheat is seeing limited selling interest due to the 
firmer corn and soybean trade. Moisture over the weekend was welcome for winter 
wheat areas. The weekly USDA condition reports stop coming out in December, but 
this moisture would have likely lead to an improvement. The market will watch 
areas where the snow cover has melted and temperatures drop down this week. 
Drops around zero or lower that can cause winter kill.  On the KC March chart 
support is at the $4.01 contract low printed last Thursday, resistance is at 
the $4.21 10-day moving average which is the lowest major moving average. 

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


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