New Beginning Next Month?

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One month left in the calendar trading year and we’re still near levels which may be viewed as too cheap to sell yet there’s no urgency to buy………………………..Spreads are wide enough to reflect the comfortable situation the world is in for soy products and feed grains yet, wheat spreads may have some play in the inter and intra markets as we sense that Kansas City remains undervalued to Chicago and basis levels suggest that Chicago wheat spreads may flatten yet, given the vomitoxin variable and no guarantee for non contaminated stocks some end users are reluctant to trust the contract………………………..Happy Hanukkah on Monday!

 

 

 

It’s that time of the year when most of the trade focuses on South American and Australian weather as wheat harvest accelerates and corn and bean development reaches critical stages…………….We still look at our weather as winter kill may occur with wheat if there’s no snow cover and temperatures drop to sub minus 10 F for a couple of hours………Typically, winter wheat gets damaged in the late winter and early spring with heaving as thaw and freeze works the roots a little higher and more exposed……………..So, Buenos Aires is our focus this weekend  and Brazil/Argentina/Australia will take the majority of the market’s focus for the next two to three months………………

 

 

The December 11 crop report typically is a non event yet the USDA has to be respected as they surprised us last month by incorporating the Chinese Census results in the supply/demand calculations………..The big report comes in early January as the USDA releases  the final production figures for the 2018/2019 crops as well as stocks in all positions as of December 1, Winter Wheat seeding for the 2019/20120 crop and Supply/Demand projections for the domestic and international markets.

 

 

The exposure from political happenings remains large!……………………..Russia may be feeling the pain from lower crude oil prices and apparent weakening influence  in the European and Middle Eastern theaters and, in the past, this has brought about some squirrelly happenings and  situations which could be traced back to specific players………..A trade pact with China is the ultimate goal of the US involvement in the G 20 meeting yet, as of this writing, that attitude is that tensions may escalate as China has used its currency to negate the impact of tariffs and they may continue with this plan which may cause the US to increase tariff rates………..We hope that diplomats work around these issues and that unicorns and rainbows appear on Monday morning……………………………….

 

 

 

 

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