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CORN (March)

Yesterdays Close: March corn futures finished yesterday’s session down ½ of a cent, trading in a range of 3 ¼ cents. Funds were estimated sellers of 5,000 contracts.

Fundamentals: Recent weather in Argentina has prompted concerns over yield loss, if realized this could be a catalyst to achieve a technical breakout and encourage short covering. We have February option expiration on Friday and 350 looks to be the magnet. As of this morning there are roughly 33,000 open calls between 350 and 355. On the put side, there are roughly 27,000 open between 350 and 345. Strikes with high open interest tend to be a manet into expiration. We had mentioned in yesterday’s report that export inspections would not be released due to the government shutdown, we were then told otherwise shortly after our release, so we apologize for that. Export inspections came in at 668,944 metric tons, this compares to the expected range from 800,000-1,000,000 metric tons; last weeks was 584,389 metric tons.

Technicals: Yesterday morning corn prices were lingering at the top end of the range again, an area where expectations need to be tempered. I would love nothing more than to see corn rally, but you have to trade the market you have, not the one you want. The market rejected the top end of the range and that brings us right back down towards the 350 level which continues to be a magnet. We continue to believe there is an opportunity to trade a few pennies on either side until we get that technical breakout or breakdown.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 354-355**, 358-360 ½****, 366 ½-369 ¼****

Support: 345-346 ½**, 334-335 ¼***, 323-325 ¼**

 

SOYBEANS (March)

Yesterdays Close: March soybeans gaped higher on the open, finishing the session up 8 ¼ cents, trading in a range of 7 ¼. Funds were estimated buyers of 7,000 contracts.

Fundamentals: Hot and dry weather in key growing areas in Argentina sparked the gap higher yesterday and the market managed to hold ground on the back of those concerns. If we start to see moisture work into the forecast, you can expect that premium to come out of the market. Export inspections yesterday morning came in at 1,419,430 metric tons, this was above the top end of the expected range from 1,000,000-1,400,000 metric tons. Last week’s number came in at 1,231,037 metric tons. February option expiration is this Friday, it is possible that this could keep a lid on another leg higher but there’s nothing significant to report in terms of significant open interest at a specific strike (like corn).

Technicals: The market has managed to close higher for 6 of the last 6 sessions and it appears we could see number 7 today. Despite the march higher, the RSI (relative strength index) is only at 60. Technical resistance has been tested yesterday and is again being tested in the early morning session. We have defined resistance as 986 ½-987. This pocket represents the 100-day moving average and the 50% retracement (middle of the range) from the June lows to July highs. If we fail to see an extension we would not be surprised to see the market come back to support wit the first line in the sand coming in at 979 ¼, but the more significant level is 971 ¾. If you’ve been wrong for the past week and a half this is where you should consider reducing. We still think there is more upside potential but a consolidation lower would be healthy. There is seasonal buy around the corner, we will keep you posted on that when we get closer.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance: 986 ½-987***, 999-1004**

Support: 979 ¼**, 971 ¾ ***, 961 ¼-963 ¼**, 950-952 ¼***

 

WHEAT (March)

Yesterdays Close: March wheat futures gaped higher yesterday and finished up 4 cents, trading in a range of 4 ¼ cents on the day. Funds were estimated buyers of 2,000 contracts.

Fundamentals: Export inspections yesterday morning came in at 337,980 metric tons, this was within the expected range from 250,000-400,000 metric tons; last weeks was 368.651 metric tons. We know that funds have established a solid net short position, but we do not see any fundamental catalyst at this point that would spook them out just yet. Demand continues to be lackluster which will likely keep a lid on any significant rally. February option expiration is on Friday, there is nothing that sticks out in terms of strikes with significant open interest.

Technicals: The market looks like it is rounding out after trying to recover all of the loses from the most recent USDA report. First technical resistance today comes in at 429 ½, if the market can achieve a conviction close above this level, perhaps we see some short covering from funds push prices towards 443. A failure to breakout will likely lead to a test of the contract lows at 410 ½.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 429 ½-430**, 437**, 443-448 ¼ ****

Support: 410 ½-413 ¼***, 399-402 ¾****

For more information please contact DAW Trading at brokersedge@dawtradingdiv.com or at 877-329-0006 and visit us at http://dawtradingdiv.com/brokers-edge/

Disclaimer:

Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW.

 

CORN (March)

Yesterdays Close: March corn futures finished yesterday’s session up 3 ¾ cents, trading in a range of 5 on the day. Funds were estimated buyers of 17,000 contracts.

Fundamentals: Yesterdays move higher is mostly attributed to short covering funds as there was not much new news across the wires. Weather in South America continues to be watched closely as some weather models conflict each other. Outside of South American weather and crop development, we will continue to keep an eye on the trend of exports. The market needs to start seeing a trend of better than expected numbers to encourage additional short covering and invite new buying into the market. Due to the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, the weekly exports data has been pushed back to tomorrow at 7:30am cst.

Technicals: The market is officially trading above the 50-day moving average for the first time in over a month. Though that is encouraging for bulls, we will be watching this on a closing basis as we have not seen a conviction close above this indicator since July. If we see a close above, the next resistance pocket comes in at 358 ¼-359 ¼. This pocket represents the 100-day moving average along with a key Fibonacci retracement level. The bears are still in control as we have made lower lows and lower highs over the past several months. If we fail to “breakout” we will likely see prices retreat towards the bottom end of the range which we have defined as 345-346 ½.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 358 ¼ -359 ¼***, 367-369 ¼****

Pivot: 352 ¼

Support: 345-346 ½**, 334-335 ¼***, 323-325 ¼**

 

SOYBEANS (March)

Yesterdays Close: March soybeans finished up 2 ½ cents yesterday, trading in a range of 8 cents on the session. Funds were estimated buyers of 2,000 contracts.

Fundamentals: With the USDA report now behind us, market participants will turn their attention back to South American weather and crop development along with weekly export data. There is not much new news to report on the weather front this morning. Due to the shortened trading week, export sales data has been pushed back to tomorrow morning at 7:30am cst. Also on trader’s radar is the soybean complex including soybean meal and soybean oil as both have shown strength recently.

Tehcnicals: March soybean futures filled the gap yesterday that was down at 962 ¾ which was followed up by buying. Bulls need to see a close above 971 ¾ soon to encourage additional short covering and new buying in the market. A close above resistance opens the door to an extension towards 984 ½-986 ½. This pocket contains several technical indicators including the 50 and 100 day moving average, along with the 50% retracement from the June lows to the July highs.

A failure to breakout will lead to pressure on prices, likely down to the bottom end of the range near 950 as technical traders exit longs because they are not getting what they want from the market. We continue to be friendly towards the market but need to see the market work higher into the weekend.

Bias: Bullish

Resistance: 971 ¾ ***, 979**, 984 ½-986 ½***, 999-1004**

Support: 950-952 ¼***, 937 ½***, 922 ¼****

 

WHEAT (March)

Yesterdays Close: March wheat futures finished yesterday’s session up 5 ¼ cents, trading in a range of 7 ¾ on the day. Funds were estimated buyers of 4,500 contracts.

Fundamentals: Wheat futures worked higher yesterday on the back of what was likely short covering on concerns of cold and dry weather in some key growing areas. It will likely still be a few weeks before we see the true effects of the recent weather on the crop. Export sales that are normally released this morning are pushed back to tomorrow due to the shortened trading week; they will be released at the normal time 7:30am cst.

Technicals: The bulls have been putting up a decent fight over the last month, but the bears remain in control until we see a conviction close above technical resistance. The first line in the sand comes in at 425 ¼. A close above opens the door to a potential run at the recent highs of 437. A failure to see closes above these resistance levels will likely lead to new contract lows below 410 ½.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 425 ¼**, 437***, 443-448 ¼ ***

Support: 410 ½**, 399-402 ¾****

 

For more information please contact DAW Trading at brokersedge@dawtradingdiv.com or at 877-329-0006 and visit us at http://dawtradingdiv.com/brokers-edge/

Disclaimer:

Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW.

CORN (March)

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.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance: 353 ½ -355 ¼***,359 ¼-359 ½***, 367-369 ¼****

Support: 345-346 ½**, 334-335 ¼***, 323-325 ¼**

 

SOYBEANS (March)

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.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance: 971 ¾**, 977-979 ¼**, 986-988 ¼***, 999-1004**

Support: 950-952 ¼***, 937 ½***, 922 ¼****

 

WHEAT (March)

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.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 435-437 ½ ***, 443-448 ¼ ***, 459-461 ¼**

Support: 416 ½-420 ¾**, 410 ½**, 399-402 ¾****

 

For more information please contact DAW Trading at brokersedge@dawtradingdiv.com or at 877-329-0006 and visit us at http://dawtradingdiv.com/brokers-edge/

 

Disclaimer:

Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW.

CORN (March)

Yesterdays Close: March corn futures closed 3 ¾ cents lower to start the week, trading in a range of 4 ¾ cents on the day.

Fundamentals: Export inspections yesterday came in at 849,226 metric tons, this was just above the top end of expectations from 500,000-800,000 metric tons and up from 683,000 metric tons in the previous week. There was a sale of 102,100 metric tons sold to Mexico. There is nothing new to report in terms of weather or crop development in South America. Fridays USDA report will be the big-ticket item this week as we get final looks at US production. We will continue to compile estimates and hope to have those for you before Friday.

Technicals: If you had sold the 50-day moving average last week near 354, yesterday’s action gave you an opportunity to reduce or clear the slate. Support has held on the first test which comes we have been defining as 345-346 ½. We continue to feel there is an opportunity to be a trader a nickel on either side of 350 as that has been the trend for front month contracts; 350 was a magnet for December futures too. At the bottom end of the range we are changing our bias from neutral/bearish to neutral. If you want to be long this market, this isn’t a terrible spot; you just need to have your risked managed because a close below contract lows opens the door to another 10 cents lower.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance: 354 ¼-355 ¼***, 360-361 ¾***, 375****

Support: 345-346 ½**, 334-335 ¼***, 323-325 ¼**

 

SOYBEANS (March)

Yesterdays Close: March soybean futures closed 2 ¾ cents lower yesterday, trading in a range of 11 cents on the session.

Fundamentals: Yesterdays export inspections came in at 1,183,089 metric tons, this was within the expected range from 1,000,000-1,300,000 metric tons and was identical to the previous weeks 1,139,436 metric tons. There were sales of 132,000 metric tons to unknown and another 120,000 metric tons to Egypt. South American weather and crop development will continue to be monitored, there is nothing new to report this morning. Fridays USDA report will be what traders and other market participants are really looking forward to, this will give us a final look at US production and hopefully more clarity on market direction.

Technicals: The market has not made it easy for short term futures traders as we have been in a whipsaw trade. Trading in wider ranges intraday, only to finish closer to unchanged over the previous three sessions. We feel the market is in a bit of a “no man’s land” here but like the prospects of higher prices. We aren’t’ the most enthused about futures here but think cheap call options are a viable way to play the market here. If the market were to breakdown closer to 950 ahead of the report, that is the spot to consider futures. On the resistance side, we don’t really have an interest in looking short until we see how resistance holds up from 986-989. This pocket represents the 50% retracement from the June lows to the July highs, as well as the 50 and 100 day moving average.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance: 971 ¾**, 985 ¼-986 ½***, 999-1004**

Support: 950-952 ¼***, 937 ½***, 922 ¼****

 

WHEAT (March)

Yesterdays Close: March wheat futures finished the first day of the week down 4 cents, trading in a range of 6 ½ cents on the session.

Fundamentals: Export inspections yesterday morning came in at 234,418 metric tons, this was towards the low end of the expected range from 200,000-400,000 metric tons and was also below the previous weeks 274,000 metric tons. Cold and dry weather helped support the market last week, but that premium is slowly working its way out of the market. This is so far fitting in with the 15-year seasonal trade we mentioned at the start of the year. If you had sold wheat on January 3rd and bought back on January 16th, you would have been profitable for 12 of the last 13 years with the average gain being roughly 17 cents.

Technicals: The market failed to get out above the 50-day moving average last week with conviction which kept the bear camp in control. The evaporation of weather premium has prices coming back near first technical support. 416 ½-420 ¾ is the first pocket we are looking at. If you had sold the seasonal/technical resistance, this is the area you want to look at reducing or flattening. A break and close below could open the door to extended pressure towards 410 ½, a retest of the December 12th contract lows.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 435-437 ½ ***, 443-448 ¼ ***, 459-461 ¼**

Support: 416 ½-420 ¾**, 410 ½**, 399-402 ¾****

 

For more information please contact DAW Trading at brokersedge@dawtradingdiv.com or at 877-329-0006 and visit us at http://dawtradingdiv.com/brokers-edge/

Disclaimer:

Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW.

CORN (March)

Last Weeks Close: Corn futures finished the first week of the year up ¼ of a cent, trading in a range of 4 ½ cents. Fridays Commitment of Traders report showed funds reduced their net short position by 8,957 contracts, putting their net short at 189,536 futures.

Fundamentals: This week’s focus will be on Fridays USDA report which has the potential to give us new direction. We will continue to compile estimates and have those for you in the coming days. Weather and crop development in South America continues to be a big catalyst for the market. Corn used for ethanol production has been a nice silver lining for the market, but the strong trend took a step back last week. Corn use for ethanol dropped from 112.4 million bushels down to 106.5mb. Weekly exports were also dismal last week with a read of 101,200 metric tons, this compares to the expected range from 600,000-900,000 metric tons and the previous weeks read of 1,245,500 metric tons.

Technicals: On the technical side of things, the market has been in a narrow range for several months. We have been in the camp of playing a nickel on either side of 350 until we get a new fundamental catalyst to give us a breakout or breakdown. First technical resistance for Mondays trade will come in at 354 ½. Until we see consecutive closes above, bullish expectations should be tempered. If the market can achieve a conviction close above, we could see short covering from funds to 359 ¼-360 ½. This pocket represents a key Fibonacci retracement, the December 4th highs, and the 100-day moving average.

Bias: Neutral/Bearish

Resistance: 354 ¼-355 ¼***, 360-361 ¾***, 375****

Support: 345-346 ½**, 334-335 ¼***, 323-325 ¼**

 

SOYBEANS (March)

Last Weeks Close: March soybean futures finished the week up 7 ¼ cents, trading in a range of 18 ¼ cents. Fridays Commitment of Traders report showed funds extended their net short position to -87,834, an increase of 16,457 futures from the previous week.

Fundamentals: Soymeal and oil helped offer support to soybeans last week, but this week’s focus will be on the USDA report which will be released on Friday at 11 am cst. We will continue to compile estimates and have those for you in the coming days. Weather and crop development in South America will also continue to be a key catalyst; there is not much new news on that front to report this morning. Weekly export sales last week came in at 554,000 metric tons, this was a hair below the low end of expectations.

Technicals: The market has managed to stabilize well following a dramatic uninterrupted 68 cent meltdown in December. Significant resistance comes in from 985 ½-990. This pocket represents the 50 and 100 day moving average, as well as the 50% retracement from the June lows to July highs. If the market can achieve consecutive closes above this pocket, we expect to see short covering from the funds get us back above the $10 handle.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance: 985 ¼-986 ½***, 999-1004**

Pivot: 971 ¾

Support: 950-952 ¼***, 937 ½***, 922 ¼****

 

WHEAT (March)

Last Weeks Close: March wheat futures finished last week up 7 cents, trading in a range of 9 ½ cents. Fridays Commitment of Traders report showed that funds reduced their net short by 16,537 which puts their net short at 135,523.

Fundamentals: Colder and dryer temperatures have offered support to the market, but seasonal weakness continues to reign supreme. If you had sold March wheat on January 3rd and bought in back on the 16th, you would have been profitable for 12 of the last 15 years with the average gain being roughly 17 cents. Fridays USDA report will be the highlight of the week, we would not be surprised to see some position squaring ahead of that.

Technicals: We have been referencing the 50-day moving average for months now as key resistance. The market is lingering right around it as we were not able to see a convincing trade above it yet. If we start to see consecutive closes above, we could see short covering towards 447 ¼. We are tempering the expectations and siding with the seasonal trend and looking at the sell side at these levels. First support comes in from 416 ½-420 ¾. If you were able to sell against resistance last week, this is the area you want to look at reducing.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 435-437 ½ ***, 443-448 ¼ ***, 459-461 ¼**

Support: 416 ½-420 ¾**, 410 ½**, 399-402 ¾****

 

 

For more information please contact DAW Trading at brokersedge@dawtradingdiv.com or at 877-329-0006 and visit us at http://dawtradingdiv.com/brokers-edge/

Disclaimer:

Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW.

BrokersEDGE Futures trading News 1-8-18

E-mini S&P (March)

Last week’s close: Settled at 2742.50, its third record high close in a row.

Fundamentals: Equity markets have picked up this week right where they left off last. Most major European indices are up more than .33% while the Nikkei is up nearly 1% (futures which saw some of these gains on Friday are up nearly .5%). Friday’s read on Nonfarm Payroll showed steady job growth and though much less than expected, last month’s revision higher helped the overall read. Average Hourly Earnings came in at a respectable +.3% MoM and overall this is not a report that is going to encourage the Fed to tighten policy faster than already priced in. Data out of Europe this morning that included Business Confidence and Retail Sales was superb. Fed speak and reads on inflation will be the highlight. Fed president Bostic speaks at 11:40 am CT, Williams at 12:35 pm CT, and Rosengren at 3:00 pm CT. The Russell 2000 took out its all-time high last night before retreating, this will continue to be a concern of ours and we will watch this closely.

Technicals: The S&P gained 2.5% in the first week of the year and we remain Bullish though introducing some slight Neutrality as price action is due to take a breather for a session or two. Yes, we refrained from an outright trade recommendation in the second half of last week once our target of 2728.75 was hit, but our levels and Bias continue to work. From Friday’s levels price action achieved and settled near R1 and extended to hit R2 Sunday night. Our next major upside target is 2759.25, we have made this major three-star resistance. However, as for an outright recommendation, we would like to be buyers closer to what is now major three-star support at 2728.75. The NQ is also in a breakout trade, we put out a target of 6707 last week. The small caps Russell 2000 continues to concern us, and is a factor in waiting for a pull back in the S&P before recommending stepping in. Last night it traded to a new all-time high of 1565.9, but has since failed to hold ground, key support levels to watch here are 1557, 1551-1552 and then major three-star support at 1543.

Bias: Bullish/Neutral

Resistance – 2747.75**, 2759.25***

Pivot – 2740.50

Support – 2728.75***, 2718.25*, 2708.50-2711**, 2698.25-2700***

 

Crude Oil (February)

Last week’s close: Settled at 61.44, the highest weekly close since December 2014

Fundamentals: Prices are edging up into this morning after Baker Hughes reported a drop in U.S Oil Rigs Friday afternoon from 747 to 742. Unrest in Iran continues to take center stage as it has led to speculation that the U.S could use this as another reason to withdraw from the nuclear deal signed in 2015. Doing so will further tighten supply with the interesting factor being OPEC’s reaction regarding the current production cap. Though an official decision might not come until July, every three months the president must waive sanctions. The last deadline was October 15th, and the next is right around the corner.

Technicals: Friday’s weekly settlement was the highest since Oil plummeted in Q4 2014. Last week’s swing high of 62.21 fell shy of our resistance mark and the May 2015 highs at 62.58. From here, we introduced a Bearish Bias in order to begin positioning for a consolidation lower this week at minimum. Price action traded to a low of 61.09 on Friday, testing into S2 before moving back north. We are watching the 61.79 level today which was edged this morning. However, it will be more critical on a closing basis and the bulls look to settle prices out above here in order to regain the immediate-term upper hand.

Bias: Bearish/Neutral

Resistance – 61.79**, 62.21**, 62.58**, 63.39**, 66.87***, 68.43**

Support – 61.37**, 61.11**, 60.85**, 59.87-59.96***, 58.97-58.99***

 

Gold (February)

Last week’s close: Settled at 1322.3, the highest since September 15th

Fundamentals: In a choppy Nonfarm Payroll session, Gold came out a winner on the day gaining 60 cents. Headline job growth fell largely short of expectations at 148k vs 190k, however, a revision higher from the previous month of 24k helped chip into some of it. Average Hourly Earnings were a respectable +.3% MoM and met expectations, however, last month was revised a tenth lower to +.1%. In a seasonally bullish time of year for the metal, bulls should walk away satisfied. Today, Fed president Bostic speaks at 11:40 am CT, Williams at 12:35 pm CT, and Rosengren at 3:00 pm CT.

Technicals: Gold remains about as constructive as you can get and by maintaining a close above 1317 it has left the bulls with the clear upper hand. We remain immediate term Bullish until a close back below major three-star support at 1302-1303.4. However, we are beginning to be concerned that much of the bull camp has already positioned, with the net-long position at the highest since the 21:1 on the week ending November 28th. Still, it is only at young but mature 8.5:1. While some longs may have added late last week, we believe this read still eludes to upside potential on a technical basis.

Bias: Bullish

Resistance – 1323*, 1335.8**, 1358-1365***

Support – 1317-1317.2**, 1314.6-1314.8**, 1302-1303.4***, 1292.9**, 1279.5***

 

Natural Gas (February)

Last week’s close: Settled at 2.795

Fundamentals: With a storm being dubbed the “Bomb Cyclone” bitter cold temperatures reinvigorated Natural Gas prices to start the year. Not so fast, prices in the front month February contract finished the week 10% from the high on the first trading day of the year. As we discussed last week, the cold temperatures that not only spread across the northeast but as south as Texas and Florida can also have a two-sided effect. When schools and factories are shut down, demand also drops. Cash Natural Gas, saw a meteoric rise, one that was only felt in a minor fashion in the futures before disappearing altogether by Friday. Prices have edged higher into this morning but if a storm like this cannot keep futures above $3, then what will?

Technicals: Our Bias began to turn Neutral last week when prices failed to hold $3. Friday’s low of 2.746 and settlement did hold first key support at 2.734-2.7664 which has helped encourage a bounce this morning. The key level to watch today is 2.88-2.887, this is first resistance, a key retracement, Friday’s high and Thursday’s settlement. We are now introducing a slight Bearish Bias and believe if prices stay below this first key level, the bears will take it lower once again. Remember, we are expecting a record storage draw this week between -325 and -340, but this is already priced in.

Bias: Neutral/Bearish

Resistance – 2.88-2.887**, 2.9215**, 2.9415**, 2.963**, 3.00-3.01***, 3.108-3.145**

Pivot – 2.795

Support – 2.734-2.7664**, 2.562***, 2.486-2.522****

 

10-year (March)

Last week’s settlement: Settled at 123’15

Fundamentals: Strength in the global equity market has brought cash off the sidelines to further support momentum and this has kept a heavy tape in the treasury complex. Friday’s Nonfarm Payroll report as we discussed above was not something that would force the Fed to tighten policy at a faster pace. We believe Friday’s weakness is a direct correlation to global equity markets extending record gains. This can be seen even closer this morning as the S&P peeling back just a slight bit has brought in some support for treasuries. This week will be all about Fed speak and reads on inflation Thursday and Friday.

Technicals: We were Neutral last week as prices were depressed. However, we are introducing a slight Bullish Bias as we believe there is value in the lower half of 123. Key support at 123’10-123’13 has remained sticky and has kept price action in check. First resistance comes in at 123’215. Friday’s Nonfarm spike stayed in complete check against the 123’27-123’28 level and this will be key to watch on the week.

Bias: Neutral/Bullish

Resistance – 123’215**, 123’27-123’28**, 124’01*, 124’06-124’07

Support – 123’10-123’135**, 122’29**** 

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Disclaimer:

Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW.

Cattle Commentary: Cattle futures were both sides of unchanged today, starting the morning session with an attempted breakout which led to an ultimate failure by the end of the day. February live cattle futures finished down .85 at 122.10, trading in a range of 1.525 on the session. As mentioned yesterday, funds are starting to roll some and volume is picking up in April, which finished down .725 at 123.65. March feeders finished the day down 1.725 at 145.10, trading in a range of 3.525. spreads are wide with bids at 121 and offers at 126. There was a small reginal that payed 125 in the north today, that is two over the bulk of last week’s trade. As mentioned in yesterday’s report, futures prices are opportunistic for hedgers and speculators. Boxed beef was up again today.

PM Boxed BeefChoiceSelect

Current Cutout Values: – 208.67 – 200.86

Change from prior day: – .05 – 1.70

Choice/Select spread: – 7.81

Cattle Technicals

Live Cattle (February)

February live cattle attempted to break out of our major resistance pocket from 123.35-123.80 for the third session in a row. If you’ve been reading our reports you know that this represents a key Fibonacci retracement from the August lows to November highs, the 50-day moving average, and more importantly a breakout point from October 24th and a breakdown point from December 1st. The inability to breakout led to long liquidation from funds which opens the door to our target of 120.20-120.70. This represents the middle of the range from the August lows to the November highs, as well as the 100-day moving average. If this holds it will set the bulls up in a good spot, marking higher lows with potential higher highs to follow.

Resistance: 123.35-123.80****, 126.65**, 131.95**

Support: 120.20-120.70**, 119.85***, 118.05-118.15**

 

Feeder Cattle (March)

March feeder cattle looked destined to test resistance from 149.10-149.40 but ran out of gas in the afternoon, posting a high of 148.55. The inability to sustain momentum gave funds an excellent opportunity to liquidate some long positions after climbing 9.95 in the last 7 sessions. We think this liquidation could continue to fill the gap from 143.05-143.55. that pocket needs to hold on a closing basis to encourage a firm trade going forward. A failure could lead to a retest of the 200-day moving average which now comes in just shy of 140.

Resistance: 146.45-146.95**, 149.10-149.40***, 153.175-154.05***

Support: 143.05-143.55***, 139.85**, 138.30-138.75****

 

Lean Hog Commentary & Technicals

Lean hog futures traded both sides of unchanged today, with February futures finishing up .45 at 71.50, trading in a range of .975. Prices remain at the top end of the range with first resistance coming in from 72.25-72.45, above that is contract highs at 73.30. We continue to believe that there is limited near term value at these prices and a failure to breakout will lead to long liquidation. A breakdown and close below support from 70.20-70.30 opens the door to accelerated selling, pressing prices back to the bottom end of the range which comes in from 66.70-67.05. This pocket represents the middle of the range from the August lows to the November highs, as well as the 200-day moving average. A hair above that is the 100-day moving average which comes in at 67.40

Resistance: 72.25-72.45***, 73.30****, 74.50-75**

Support: 70.20-70.30**, 68.30-68.475***, 66.70-67.05****

 

For more information please contact DAW Trading at brokersedge@dawtradingdiv.com or at 877-329-0006 and visit us at http://dawtradingdiv.com/brokers-edge/

Disclaimer:

Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW.

CORN (March)

Yesterdays Close: March corn futures finished the day down ¼ of a cent, trading in a range of 2 ½ cents on the day. Funds were estimated sellers of 3,500 contracts.

Fundamentals: Corn futures continue to trade in a tight range thanks to the lack of new news coming across the wires. Export sales to start the week were within expectations at 683,898 metric tons. The bulls in the market will want to see better than expected exports on a consistent basis to get the market headed north. Due to the New Years holiday, we will have export sales out tomorrow morning. Ethanol numbers will be out later this morning, we have been seeing strong numbers in production over the last several weeks.

Technicals: Trade the market you have, not the one you want. March corn futures tested the 50-day moving average yesterday but ran out of gas to get out above which led to some light selling pressure in the back half of the day. This has been a key indicator for us as we have been able to see the market close above since July. If the market does achieve a close above resistance, we could see funds cover to 360 ¾. With that said, we are trusting the technical with tight risk measures and using this as an opportunity to sell. We continue to believe that there is an opportunity to trade a nickel on either side of 350 until we get a fundamental catalyst to give us a directional move other than sideways.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 354 ¼-355 ¼***, 360-361 ¾***, 375****

Support: 345-346 ½**, 334-335 ¼***, 323-325 ¼**

SOYBEANS (March)

Yesterdays Close: March soybean futures finished yesterdays session up 3 ½ cents, trading in a range of 6 ½ cents on the day. Funds were estimated buyers of 3,000 contracts.

Fundamentals: The market has managed to stabilize from chatter of weather concerns in South America, particularly in Argentina as the next 7-10 days looks dry. Wet weather is expected to move in after that, but the market is waiting for confirmation as we get closer. Many market participants will be waiting for next weeks USDA report on the 12th for nod on direction for the start of the year.

Technicals: The market has stabilized, but don’t think that the chart has instantly turned friendly. The selloff in December has left a lot of technical damage on the chart. Our first pocket of technical resistance remains intact from 967 ¾-971 ¾. If the bulls can chew through and close above, we could see a run back towards 985 ½-986 ½ before next weeks USDA report on the 12th. A failure to close will likely lead to funds extending their net short position. First technical support comes in from 950-952 ¼, a break and close below opens the door to a more significant 937 ½.

Bias: Neutral/Bearish

Resistance: 967 ¾-971 ¾**, 985 ¼-986 ½***, 999-1004**

Support: 950-952 ¼***, 937 ½***, 922 ¼****

WHEAT (March)

Yesterdays Close: March wheat futures closed up ¾ of a cent yesterday, trading in a range of 5 cents for the session. Funds were estimated buyers of 2,500 contracts.

Fundamentals: Concerns over winter kill have helped revive the wheat bulls, but those expectations should be tempered as we will not see the full affect until the crop comes out of dormancy in the spring. Kansas City wheat will be the contract you will want to keep a close eye on for that. Crop progress conditions showed a big drop in the December good/excellent ratings in Kansas (14%), Oklahoma (15%), Nebraska (13%), Colorado (12%).

Technicals: Wheat managed to close above the 50-day moving average, but failed to close above technical resistance at 437. The lack of conviction and follow through yesterday has some sellers stepping back into the market in the early morning session. We are looking for the market to retreat from here, the first line in the sand is 429, but the more significant support pocket comes in from 416 ½-420 ¾. Keep in mind that yesterday was the start of the seasonal; if you had sold March Chicago wheat on January 3rd and bought back on January 15th, you would have been profitable for 12 out of the last 15 years with the average gain being roughly 17 ¾ cents.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 435-437 ½ ***, 443-448 ¼ ***, 459-461 ¼**

Support: 429**, 416 ½-420 ¾**, 410 ½**, 399-402 ¾****

BrokersEDGE Livestock News Recap 12-3-18

Cattle Commentary: Cattle futures were mixed today with front month futures trading lower to the deferred higher prices; this indicates that managed money is now starting to roll some of their net long positions out. February live cattle finished the day down .475 at 122.875, trading in a range of .975 on the day. March feeder cattle were .225 lower at 146.65, trading in a range of .975 on the session. Todays Fed Cattle Exchange had 388 offered but yielded zero sales. The bulk of last week’s cash trade came in around 123, there have been calls for 1-2 higher, we don’t see much more than 1 at this point. Colder temperatures have helped offer support to the market but forecasts are turning “warmer” through some key areas which will start to help with weight gain. Boxed beef has been working higher yet again.

PM Boxed Beef Choice Select

Current Cutout Values: 208.62 199.16

Change from prior day: 3.48 2.59

Choice/Select spread: 9.46

 

Cattle Technicals

Live Cattle (February)

February live cattle futures struggled again to get traction above our resistance pocket from 123.35-123.80. If we fail to breakout above this pocket in tomorrow’s session we will be looking for futures to retreat back towards 120.10-120.70; this pocket represents the 100-day moving average and the 50% retracement (middle of the range) from the August lows to the November highs. We look at this as an opportunity to reduce long exposure and leg back into some hedges. If the bulls can achieve a conviction close above resistance tomorrow there is not a lot stopping the market from running to 126.65-126.775. This pocket represents a key Fibonacci retracement along with previous highs from the failure at the end of November.

Resistance: 123.35-123.80****, 126.65**, 131.95**

Support: 120.65-120.775**, 119.85***, 118.05-118.15**

 

Feeder Cattle (March)

In yesterday’s report we mentioned there being an opportunity to reduce long exposure in our resistance pocket from 146.45-146.85, we continue to believe that to be the case. This pocket represents the middle of the range from the August lows to November highs as well as the 100-day moving average. The market finished the session in-between our pocket after failing to take out yesterday’s highs. If the market fails to achieve a conviction close above resistance, we could see some long liquidation from funds who have capitalized on a very nice run over the past two weeks. A failure opens the door to close the gap at 143.05-143.55.

Resistance: 147.175**, 149.15-149.40***, 153.175-154.05****

Support: 143.05-143.55***, 139.85**, 138.30-138.75****

 

Lean Hog Commentary & Technicals

February lean hog futures took a stab at our first technical support at 70.30 but failed to see follow through selling, marking a low of 70.20. Futures ended the day up .35 at 71.075, trading in a range of 1.00 for the session. Colder temperatures are said to be helping support the market but intermediate term fundamentals could be keeping a lid on any significant rally from here. Although we did finish off the lows we are still skeptical of how much more room this market can run to the upside. Key technical resistance comes in from 72.25-72.45, a failure to break out above this pocket could lead to long liquidation from the funds and press us back towards the low end of the range near 67 which is our target for the time being.

Resistance: 72.25-72.45***, 73.30****, 74.50-75**

Support: 70.30**, 69.35**, 68.30-68.475***, 66.30-66.90****

 

For more information please contact DAW Trading at brokersedge@dawtradingdiv.com or at 877-329-0006 and visit us at http://dawtradingdiv.com/brokers-edge/

Disclaimer:

Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW

BrokersEDGE Livestock news recap 1-2-18

Cattle Commentary: Cattle futures finished the last trading day of the year in the red with February live cattle futures closing .70 lower at 121.625, trading in a range of 1.375 with respectable volume. For the week, February futures closed up 3.375. Cash cattle trade through the week was non-existent with bids from 118-119 and offers at 125-126. The buyers and sellers found common ground at 123 after the futures closed, this was up from 119/120 in the previous week. Colder temperatures have helped offer some support to the market as it tends to slow down the weight gain. Boxed beef was also up Friday. Fridays weekly Commitment of Traders report showed funds are net long 82,738 contracts. Keep in mind that this data is compiled through Tuesdays session.

PM Boxed Beef Choice Select

Current Cutout Values: 202.90 192.98

Change from prior day: .62 2.07

Choice/Select spread: 9.92

 

Cattle Technicals: On the technical side of things, we have been marking higher highs and higher lows over the last three weeks which is constructive. We are still looking for futures to make a run towards 123.35-123.70. This pocket represents a key Fibonacci retracement as well as the 50-day moving average. This was also a breakout point on October 24th and a breakdown point on December 1st. A conviction close above could encourage funds to extend their net long position and press prices towards 126.65. On the support side of things, the bulls need to defend a wide pocket from 119.85-120.70 on a closing basis. This represents the middle of the range from the August lows to the November highs as well as the 100-day moving average

Bias: Neutral/Bullish

Resistance: 123.35-123.70****, 126.65**, 131.95**

Support: 120.65-120.70**, 119.85***, 118.05-118.15**

 

For more information please contact DAW Trading at brokersedge@dawtradingdiv.com or at 877-329-0006 and visit us at http://dawtradingdiv.com/brokers-edge/ 

 

Disclaimer:

Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW.