From: Terry Reilly
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:26:13 PM (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Subject: FI Evening Grain Comments 08/14/18
- The funds bought an estimated net 15,000 corn contracts.
- Corn is higher after rebounding from yesterday’s selloff.
- Some analysts think we’ve fallen too far, too fast following the USDA WASDE report.
- USDA US crop conditions declined one point in the combined good and excellent categories for corn.
· UkrAgroConsult raised its forecast for Ukraine’s 2018 grain harvest to 62.6 million tons from previous 61.4MMT. they increased the corn output to record 28.5 million tons from 27.3 million tons previously. Grain exports were projected at 42.5 million tons from 41.0 million tons a month ago.
- China’s AgMin confirmed an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in its central province of Henan. They culled 173 pigs at a processing plant. That is the seventh case of the O-type strain of the disease found in livestock this year.
· USDA US crop conditions declined one point in the combined good and excellent categories for corn and soybeans.
· Funds bought an estimated net 6,000 soybeans, bought 8,000 soybean meal, and net unchanged on soybean oil.
· Argentina suspended their export tax program on soybean meal and soybean oil for six months. Each month they gradually lowered export taxes by a half percent. Exports of both products are currently taxed at 23 percent, having been gradually lowered from 32 percent in 2015.
· Argentina’s economy has been struggling recently with the central bank raising its key interest rate by 5 percentage points to 45 percent until at least October.
· Reuters noted that by the end of 2019 soymeal and soybean oil export taxes should have been at 18 percent compared with the 15 percent planned before the suspension.
· US temperatures this week are nonthreatening.
· India’s July palm oil imports fell 33 percent in July from a year earlier to 550,180 tons. 352,325 tons of soybean oil was also imported, down about 25 percent from last year. All vegetable oil imports were 1.12 million tons, off 27 percent from last year.
· NOPA is due out on Wednesday with the July crush. Look for a record for the month, but down slightly on a daily adjusted basis from June due to downtime.
· US spring wheat conditions improved one point (+2 good and -1 excellent)
· Trade developments increased this week and traders are keeping an eye on the export prices in Egypt’s import tender this morning. Look for a two-sided trade in US wheat, with a possible higher close.
· Manitoba’s crop report showed crop conditions in that Canadian province fell last week because of drought.
· Argentina’s weather is not completely ideal for early wheat establishment, but the country should still realize a large crop based on area expansion.
· Ukraine harvested 33.4 million tons of grain so far, which includes early summer grain.
· Egypt bought 420,000 tons of wheat for September 21-30 and October 1-10 shipment.
o CHS: 60,000 tons of Romanian wheat at $230.99 FOB and $15.34 freight, equating to $246.33 cost and freight (C&F)
o GTCS: 60,000 tons of Russian wheat at $232 FOB and $16.60 freight, equating to $248.60 C&F
o GTCS: 60,000 tons of Russian wheat at $233 FOB and $15 freight, equating to $248 C&F
o GTCS: 60,000 tons of Russian wheat at $233 FOB and $16.60 freight, equating to $249.60 C&F
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