Yesterdays Close: March corn futures closed up 1 ¼ cent, trading in a range of 2 ¾ cents on the session. Funds were estimated to have been buyers of 4,500 contracts.
Fundamentals: Trade estimates are starting to circulate which is ramping up the anticipation of Fridays USDA report, arguably the biggest report of the year. The headline number will be yields, but the valuable nuggets will be in the ending stocks data. Corn yield estimates are ranging from 173.7-176.4 with the average estimate at 175.2. Trade estimates for US quarterly stocks are ranging from 12.23-12.68 billion bushels with the average estimate at 12.41 billion bushels. US ending stocks estimates are ranging from 2.26-2.52 billion bushels with the average estimate at 2.44 billion bushels. We will get updates from CONAB tomorrow on South American production.
Technicals: The market continues to hug the 350 level which continues to be a magnet for front month futures. Although it has been a trader’s paradise trading the tight range over the past several months, many market participants are looking for a new direction (other than sideways). If you are in that camp, volatility is cheap, meaning options should be on your shopping list. If we get a friendly report and a technical close above resistance, we could see continued short covering from the funds. The 50-day moving average is the first line in the sand at 353 ½, above that the market has room to run towards 359 ¼-359 ½. On the support side, a close below 345-346 ½ opens the door to 334-335 ¼.
Resistance: 353 ½ -355 ¼***,359 ¼-359 ½***, 367-369 ¼****
Support: 345-346 ½**, 334-335 ¼***, 323-325 ¼**
Yesterdays Close: March soybean futures finished down 3 ¾ cents, trading in a range of 7 ½ cents on the day. Funds were estimated to have been sellers of 3,000 contracts.
Fundamentals: Market participants continue to gear up for Fridays USDA report which is arguably one of if not the biggest report of the year. Yield numbers will be the headline number, but ending and quarterly stocks will be the more significant numbers. Quarterly stocks estimates range from 2.96-3.31 billion bushels with the average coming in at 3.19 billion bushels. US Ending stocks estimated range is from .425-.595 billion bushels with the average of .445 billion bushels. Weather in South America will continue to be monitored. Rains are coming in and going out of forecasts on a continued basis, this has led to a bit of a choppy trade here to start the week.
Technicals: The market has been chopping around between 960 and 970 give or take for the last week and a half, likely shaking out a lot of week shorts and longs as we head into Fridays USDA report. 971 ¾ continues to be the first line in the sand the bulls want to close above. If they can achieve this, we will likely see funds start to cover their short position and press prices back towards 986-988 ¼. This pocket contains a handful of indicators including the 50 and 100 day moving average, along with the 50% retracement or the middle of the range from the June lows to the July highs. On the support side, there isn’t a while lot until 950-952 ¼, this would be the most ideal spot to look long futures. If you wanted long exposure ahead of the report without worrying about swings in futures, consider looking in the options market.
Resistance: 971 ¾**, 977-979 ¼**, 986-988 ¼***, 999-1004**
Support: 950-952 ¼***, 937 ½***, 922 ¼****
Yesterdays Close: March wheat futures finished up 4 ¾ cents yesterday, trading in a range of 8 ½ cents. Funds were estimated buyers of 4,000 contracts.
Fundamentals: The market has been working higher on some colder temperatures and drier weather are coming back into the forecast over the weekend. On top of that, we also have an important USDA report on Friday that is likely prompting some short covering. US quarterly stocks estimates range from 1.80 billion bushels to 1.91 billion bushels with the average at 1.85 billion bushels. US ending stocks are estimated to come in from .855 billion bushels to .987 billion bushels with the average estimate at .96 billion bushels.
Technicals: March wheat futures are testing the 50-day moving average again in the early morning trade. The fact that the market has not rejected prices again from this level could lead to some short covering. If the bulls can achieve a conviction close above, we could see funds cover shorts and press prices towards 443-448 ¼. Baring any significant change in fundamentals, we think this would set up for an excellent opportunity to sell. Bears wan to defend 435-437 ½ on a closing basis to prevent short covering.
Resistance: 435-437 ½ ***, 443-448 ¼ ***, 459-461 ¼**
Support: 416 ½-420 ¾**, 410 ½**, 399-402 ¾****
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