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Bargain buying, big sale boost soybeans

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Source: Sosland Publishing Co.

Recap for March 20

  • Soybean futures jumped 2% Wednesday on bargain buying, pre-report positioning and USDA’s flash of a 120,000-tonne sale to unknown destinations. Wheat futures capped a two-day climb, easing Wednesday under pressure from a US dollar that strengthened most of the session and plentiful supplies in the Black Sea region. Corn futures were mixed, the prompt month declining in spillover weakness from wheat futures, but later months were mostly higher as excessive rains raised concerns about production prospects in Argentina. May corn eased ½¢ to close at $4.39 per bu; July was unchanged and later months were firmer. Chicago May wheat fell 7½¢ to close at $5.45 per bu. Kansas City May wheat dropped 2¼¢ and closed at $5.80½ per bu. Minneapolis May wheat shed ¾¢ and closed at $6.55 per bu. May soybeans soared 24¢ to close at $12.09½ per bu. May soybean meal added $8.60 to close at $342.50 per ton. May soybean oil added 0.86¢ to close at 49¢ a lb.
  • The three major US equity indexes climbed and closed at fresh record highs Wednesday after the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged as expected and mostly sustained its outlook for three rate cuts this year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average packed on 401.37 points, or 1.03%, to close at 39,512.13. The Standard & Poor’s 500 added 46.11 points, or 0.89%, to close at 5,224.62. The Nasdaq Composite added 202.62 points, or 1.25%, to close at 16,369.41. 
  • US crude oil prices were lower Wednesday. The expiring April West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude future fell $1.79 to close at $81.68 per barrel while the May contract fell $1.46 to close at $81.27 per barrel. 
  • The US dollar index closed lower Wednesday after climbing much of the session. 
  • US gold futures advanced Wednesday. The April contract added $1.30 to close at $2,161 per oz.

Recap for March 19

  • Spring weather uncertainty and short position covering ahead of next week’s planting intentions report from the US Department of Agriculture helped strengthen wheat and corn futures Tuesday. Large South American supplies and lackluster Chinese demand for US soybeans sent soybean futures lower. May corn added 3½¢ to close at $4.39½ per bu. Chicago May wheat added 9¾¢ to close at $5.52½ per bu. Kansas City May wheat advanced 9¢ and closed at $5.82¾ per bu. Minneapolis May wheat added 5¢ and closed at $6.55¾ per bu; later months were mixed. May soybeans dropped 2¼¢ to close at $11.85½ per bu; later months were mixed. May soybean meal added $2 to close at $333.90 per ton. May soybean oil fell 0.56¢ to close at 48.14¢ a lb.
  • Energy company shares took the lead Tuesday, helping push US equity indices higher ahead of the Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting concluding Wednesday in which the central bank is expected to hold interest rates steady. The Dow Jones Industrial Average packed on 320.33 points, or 0.83%, to close at 39,110.76. The Standard & Poor’s 500 added 29.09 points, or 0.56%, to close at 5,178.51. The Nasdaq Composite added 63.34 points, or 0.39%, to close at 16,166.79. 
  • US crude oil prices were higher Tuesday. The April West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude future added 75¢ to close at $83.47 per barrel. 
  • The US dollar index strengthened again Tuesday. 
  • US gold futures declined Tuesday. The April contract deleted $4.60 to close at $2,159.70 per oz.

Recap for March 18

  • Wheat complex futures advanced Monday on concerns about exportable wheat supplies out of the Black Sea region in the wake of Russia president Putin’s re-election and Russia’s weekend attacks on Ukrainian ports. Progressing harvest and off-the-combine sales in Brazil pressured soybean futures further from six-week highs set last week. Spillover weakness from soybeans offset spillover support from wheat, making for choppy corn futures trading before the commodity closed with minor changes. May corn eased ¾¢ to close at $4.36 per bu; later months mostly were unchanged. Chicago May wheat jumped 14¼¢ to close at $5.42¾ per bu. Kansas City May wheat added 7½¢ and closed at $5.73¾ per bu. Minneapolis May wheat advanced 4¼¢ and closed at $6.50¾ per bu. May soybeans dropped 10½¢ to close at $11.87¾ per bu. May soybean meal dropped $2.80 to close at $331.90 per ton. May soybean oil fell 0.72¢ to close at 48.70¢ a lb.
  • Ahead of a much-anticipated Federal Reserve interest rate decision later this week, US equity markets posted a strong start to the week Monday with the help of surging Alphabet shares and rising Apple and Nvidia shares. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 75.66 points, or 0.2%, to close at 38,790.43. The Standard & Poor’s 500 added 32.33 points, or 0.63%, to close at 5,149.42. The Nasdaq Composite added 130.27 points, or 0.82%, to close at 16,103.45. 
  • US crude oil prices were higher Monday. The April West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude future added $1.68 to close at $82.72 per barrel. 
  • The US dollar index strengthened again Monday. 
  • US gold futures reversed course and closed higher Monday. The April contract added $2.80 to close at $2,164.30 per oz.

Recap for March 15

  • Soybean futures ended higher Friday, recovering from the previous day’s decline after a day of choppy trading. Wheat futures mostly weakened for a third day and posted a third straight week of declines on ample world supplies and low demand for US wheat. Corn futures edged higher in short covering after two large export sales were reported near the end of the week. May corn added 3¢ to close at $4.36¾ per bu. Chicago May wheat was down 3¾¢ to close at $5.28½ per bu; later months were mixed. Kansas City May wheat lost 8½¢ and closed at $5.66¼ per bu. Minneapolis May wheat shed 8¾¢ and closed at $6.46½ per bu. May soybeans added 3¢ to close at $11.98¼ per bu. May soybean meal dropped $2.70 to close at $334.70 per ton. May soybean oil jumped 1.03¢ to close at 49.42¢ a lb.
  • Hotter-than-expected inflation data released earlier in the week continued to pressure US equity markets Friday. All three indexes finished the week lower, the S&P 500 noting its first set of consecutive weekly declines since October. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 190.89 points, or 0.49%, to close at 38,714.77. The Standard & Poor’s 500 shed 33.39 points, or 0.65%, to close at 5,117.09. The Nasdaq Composite pared 155.36 points, or 0.96%, to close at 15,973.17. 
  • US crude oil prices were mixed Friday, but mostly lower. The April West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude future dropped 22¢ to close at $81.04 per barrel. 
  • The US dollar index strengthened again Friday. 
  • US gold futures continued lower Friday. The April contract declined $6 to close at $2,161.50 per oz.

Recap for March 14

  • Wheat futures declined Thursday under pressure from the latest China wheat cancellation, this time an Australian purchase. Additional pressure from a lackluster export sales report pushed wheat near the lowest levels since 2020 and dragged corn lower in spillover weakness. Short covering contributed to soybean futures’ volatile day, one that ended with declines attributed to profit taking. May corn dropped 7½¢ to close at $4.33¾ per bu. Chicago May wheat was down 12¢ to close at $5.32¼ per bu. Kansas City May wheat dropped 12¾¢ to close at $5.74¾ per bu. Minneapolis May wheat lost 8¼¢ and closed at $6.55¼ per bu. May soybeans eased 1½¢ to close at $11.95¼ per bu, but August and beyond were higher. May soybean meal added $1 to close at $337.40 per ton. May soybean oil fell 0.18¢ to close at 48.39¢ a lb.
  • US equity indices closed lower Thursday after a Department of Labor report indicated producer prices rose 0.6% in February from the prior month, more than the 0.3% increase economists had projected, on the heels of Tuesday’s data indicating consumer prices climbed more than forecast over the past year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 137.66 points, or 0.35%, to close at 38,905.66. The Standard & Poor’s 500 pared 14.83 points, or 0.29%, to close at 5,150.48. The Nasdaq Composite shed 49.24 points, or 0.3%, to close at 16,128.53. 
  • US crude oil prices were higher Thursday. The April West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude future added $1.54 to close at $81.26 per barrel. 
  • The US dollar index strengthened on Thursday. 
  • US gold futures flipped direction again Thursday. The April contract declined $13.30 to close at $2,167.50 per oz.

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