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DTN Midday Grain Comments     06/18 10:44

   Grain Futures Look to Head Into the Weekend Higher

   Corn is 13 to 14 cents higher up front and 23 to 25 cents higher on new 
crop; soybeans are 46 to 48 higher up front and 48 to 52 higher on new crop, 
and wheat is 14 to 20 cents higher.

David M. Fiala
DTN Contributing Analyst


   The U.S. stock market is weaker with the Dow down 470 points. The U.S. 
Dollar Index is 0.50 higher. Interest rate products are mostly higher. Energies 
are firmer with crude up $0.90. Livestock trade is mixed with feeder cattle the 
weak link. Precious metals are mixed with gold flat.


   Corn trade is 13 to 14 cents higher up front, with the back months 23 to 25 
cents higher and weaker spread trade as buying returns after Thursday's washout 
on short covering into the weekend and spillover from calmer trade elsewhere. 
Ethanol margins are seeing support from corn values sliding on the week, but 
concerns about blending rates will limit upside along with the energy complex 
flattening out. Brazil weather looks mostly unchanged short term as the crop 
advances towards harvest with some late rains. Meanwhile U.S. weather will be 
watched for consistency in the second week forecast with cooler weather 
expected for the most by Monday. Corn basis should remain flat to weaker near 
term with more attention going to new crop. On the July contract, trade is back 
below the 20-day at $6.65 with the late strength Thursday holding, with the 
lower Bollinger Band at $6.23.


   Soybeans are 46 to 48 cents higher up front, with new crop 48 to 52 cents 
higher and trade retracing about 50% of Thursday's action so far with slightly 
weaker spread trade and short covering in products. Meal is $4.50 to $5.50 
higher and oil is 1.85 cents to 2.05 cents higher. The weather pattern should 
allow for short-term stress to give way to rains in the center of the belt with 
double-crop acres to go in as soon as wheat harvest moves along. South America 
should continue to see shipping progress short term, with U.S. basis soft with 
processors and exporters firming bids in spots after Thursday. On the July 
soybean chart, support is $13.23 1/2 lower from Thursday, with $14.00 the first 
level of resistance on the rebound.


   Wheat trade is 14 to 20 cents higher at midday with trade bouncing back 
along with the row crop with headwinds from the dollar and harvest likely to 
stay in place short term. The dollar is attempting to consolidate at over 91 
points on the index post Fed, which will work to limit upside if sustained with 
more consistent action into the second half of the month. Warmer weather this 
week should help to bring winter wheat along after the slowdown last week with 
early harvest getting underway on the far Southern Plains. Other Northern 
Hemisphere weather will continue to be watched as well with little fresh news 
on the front with Russia mostly OK for now. KC continues at a 54-cent discount 
to Chicago widening a bit, with Minneapolis at a 107-cent premium. KC July on 
the chart has resistance the 20-day at $6.25 with support at the lower 
Bollinger Band at $5.91.

   David Fiala can be reached at dfiala@futuresone.com 

   Follow him on Twitter @davidfiala

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