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Jun 2, 2015

U.S. dollar drop sparks rally in U.S. wheat, corn, soybeans

CHICAGO, June 2 (Reuters) – U.S. corn, soybean and wheat
futures rallied on Tuesday, supported by a steep decline in the
dollar that made all three commodities more attractive to
investors looking for a hedge against inflation, traders said.

Wheat notched the biggest gain, with the front-month Chicago
Board of Trade contract surging 3.8 percent as traders used the
dollar drop as a prompt to unwind bearish bets they had made on
the grain amid an abundance of global supplies. The plentiful
stocks situation worldwide has chilled export demand for U.S.
offerings.

Jun 2, 2015

Soybeans rally as U.S. planting slows; corn, wheat firm

CHICAGO, June 2 (Reuters) – Chicago Board of Trade soybean
futures jumped 1.4 percent on Tuesday, on track for their
biggest gain in a months on support from a slowdown in the pace
of planting as well as a weakening U.S. dollar.

The weaker dollar, which makes U.S. commodities more
attractive to overseas buyers and investors looking for a hedge
against inflation, also boosted corn and wheat futures.

May 12, 2015

U.S. soy stocks to rise as export competition heats up

WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) – U.S. soybean supplies were
expected to balloon 43 percent in the 2015/16 marketing year,
despite a drop in production, as U.S. soybeans face increased
competition on the export market, the U.S. government said on
Tuesday.

In its first estimate of the supply situation for the
2015/16 marketing year, the U.S. Agriculture Department
projected U.S. soybean ending stocks at 500 million bushels, up
from 350 million bushels in the 2014/15 crop year.

May 12, 2015

U.S. soy stocks to rise as exports slip due to competition-USDA

WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) – U.S. soybean supplies were
expected to balloon 43 percent in the 2015/16 marketing year
despite a drop in production due to increased competition on the
export market, the U.S. government said on Tuesday.

In its first estimate of the supply situation for the
2015/16 marketing year, the U.S. Agriculture Department
projected U.S. soybean ending stocks at 500 million bushels, up
from 350 million bushels in the 2014/15 crop year.

May 11, 2015

Soybeans, corn fall on U.S. planting pace; wheat mixed

WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) – U.S. corn and soybean futures
fell on Monday, pressured by expectations that a government
report will show the pace of planting of both commodities was
well ahead of the typical schedule.

Wheat futures were mixed, with hard red winter wheat
contracts supported by concerns about the crop in the U.S.
Plains following a tour of key production areas last week. Soft
red winter wheat and spring wheat futures closed lower.

May 8, 2015

Crop tour results boost wheat; corn, soy firm slightly

CHICAGO, May 8 (Reuters) – U.S. wheat futures rose on
Friday, supported by results from an annual crop tour that
projected below-average yields in Kansas, the top production
state for the grain, traders said.

End-of-week short covering and some bargain buying following
a 1.4 percent decline on Thursday also buoyed prices.

May 7, 2015

Weather outlook weighs on corn, soy; wheat falls after rally

CHICAGO, May 7 (Reuters) – U.S. corn and soybean futures
fell on Thursday, pressured by forecasts for wet and warm
weather in the Midwest that will foster early development of
both crops in the coming weeks, traders said.

Wheat futures also dropped after a sharp rally on Wednesday
despite reports of poor yields from a crop tour of Kansas.

May 6, 2015

U.S. wheat jumps on weak crop tour results, short covering

CHICAGO, May 6 (Reuters) – U.S. wheat futures surged 2.7
percent on Wednesday, bouncing back from near five-year lows on
disappointing results from a crop tour and a crumbling U.S.
dollar, traders said.

The wheat gains, the most since April 1, spilled into the
corn market, which also benefited from slow farmer selling on
the cash market. Soybeans weakened on a round of technical
selling after prices hit a two-month high early in the session.

May 5, 2015

Wheat falls as weather improves; corn, soy close higher

CHICAGO, May 5 (Reuters) – U.S. wheat futures sank 1.3
percent on Tuesday, flirting with five-year lows after rain in
key production areas boosted harvest prospects as the crop nears
maturity, traders said.

Poor export demand for U.S. supplies and strong yield
projections from early results of a crop tour through Kansas
also pressured the market.

May 4, 2015

Soybeans rise on soyoil rally; wheat, corn drop

CHICAGO, May 4 (Reuters) – U.S. soybean futures rose 1.3
percent on Monday, following a sharp rally in soyoil that
stemmed from talk of rising demand on the export market.

“I’ve heard some talk that China has an increased appetite
for (soy)oil, said Bill Gentry, broker at Risk Management
Associates. “That has given some value add to (soybeans).”

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      "I cover grain futures out of Chicago, with a focus on the wheat market. Examining the effects of world crop production on prices and the vagaries of export demand for U.S. supplies takes up most of my time. Previously, I was a reporter on the equities desk in New York and I got my start as a news assistant in the Washington Bureau."
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