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Wheat bounces from 3-week low; crop ratings eyed CHICAGO: US wheat futures edged higher on Monday after touching a three-week low in the previous session as traders worried that key growing areas of the US Plains will remain unfavorably dry.Weekend rains in the US Plains breadbasket were lighter than expected, and there were doubts that an upcoming storm system would bring significant relief to the crops.Traders were waiting for the US Department of Agriculture to issue its first weekly crop-progress report of 2014, which is expected to show a decline in US winter wheat condition ratings due to persistent dryness. The report is due at 3 p.m. CDT (2000 GMT)."We started into the winter in much better condition, and it has deteriorated quite a bit," said Art Liming, futures specialist with Citigroup.Chicago Board of Trade May wheat futures were up 3/4 cent, or 0.1 percent, at $6.70-1/2 a bushel by 10 a.m. CDT (1500 GMT). They had lost ...

U.S. corn, soy to be seeded on time despite slow start: forecaster CHICAGO: Temperatures are expected to remain cooler than usual across the U.S. Midwest this spring but farmers should be able to plant in a timely fashion because precipitation will not be greater than normal, an agricultural meteorologist said on Thursday."We are going to see a slow start to planting," Kyle Tapley with MDA Weather said at a conference. "But without any real excessive rainfall, which we are not expecting at this point, I would not ...
Coffee prices seesaw in short-term trade, sugar drops NEW YORK/LONDON: Arabica coffee futures on ICE were lower on Wednesday, in a heavily-traded session that spanned a wide 10-cent range as day traders tested chart-based levels on both sides of unchanged.Raw sugar on ICE Futures U.S. and white sugar on Liffe fell for the third straight day on technical selling. Cocoa also dropped, in line with the weak 19-commodity Thomson Reuters/CoreCommodity CRB Index.May arabica coffee futures on ICE ended down 2.55 cents, or 1.5 ...
Profit taking sparks sell-off in US wheat, corn, soybeans CHICAGO: US grain and soy futures fell sharply on Wednesday, with corn and soybeans falling back from multi-month highs, on a round of profit taking following rallies earlier in the week. "The market is taking a breather," said Dewey Strickler, president of Ag Watch Market Advisors.Chicago Board of Trade wheat and corn futures led the declines, both shedding 2.3 percent. The front-month wheat contract notched its biggest daily decline since Feb. 27."On the technical side ...
Arabica eases on Brazil rain forecasts, surges in Q1 NEW YORK: ICE arabica coffee futures eased on Monday, as rain forecasts in top grower Brazil attracted investor selling, but the market was on track to finish the first quarter up 60 percent, its strongest quarterly performance since 1997. Raw sugar on ICE Futures US were also lower after rain fell in cane-growing regions of Brazil, also the biggest producer of the sweetener.Though the market rose around 8 percent for the quarter, on track for ...
Cotton sinks after hitting fresh 2-year high; spreads blow out NEW YORK: Cotton futures sank 2.5 percent on Wednesday as late-day profit taking offset speculative buying and knocked prices off two-year highs, with volatile trading further roiled by a massive blow-out in the far forward backwardation.Renewed speculative buying as investors bet on tightening U.S. supplies sent front-month prices soaring to over 97 cents per lb for the first time since January 2012 in heavy early volume.A wave of selling in early afternoon more than offset ...
CBOT corn eases profit-taking in three days CHICAGO: US corn futures fell on Tuesday as investors took profits and squared positions ahead of the US Agriculture Department's annual spring plantings report due next week, traders said.Most-active Chicago Board of Trade May corn found support at their 10-day moving average of about $4.85 per bushel, ending unofficially down 3 cents at $4.87.Analysts polled by Reuters expected USDA to estimate corn plantings at 92.748 million acres, down from 95.365 million acres last year. The ...

 



 
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