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Wheat struggles near 2 weeks low on rapid US crop development SINGAPORE: Chicago wheat hovered near a two-week low on Wednesday, pressured by a US government report pegging crop conditions above market expectations.Soybeans remained near their lowest since early October, while corn ticked higher as the market took a breather after suffering two sessions of deep losses.Chicago Board of Trade's most-active wheat contract was unchanged at $4.93-1/2 a bushel by 0255 GMT, after sliding 4.2 percent on Tuesday.Soybeans rose 0.1 percent to $9.23-3/4 a bushel, having dropped to their lowest since Oct. 1 on Tuesday. Corn gained 0.2 percent to $3.55-3/4 a bushel, after falling 2.7 percent in the last two sessions."I think it is still a tough environment for grain (prices)," said Paul Deane, senior agricultural economist at ANZ Bank in Melbourne."Even though rainfall has been excessive in the United States, I still think it is net positive for grains, particularly for hard red winter wheat."Weekly planting, emergence and condition ...

Sugar at 8-week low, robustas at 1-1/2-year low on firm dollar NEW YORK/LONDON: Raw sugar futures fell more than 2 percent to an eight-week low on Tuesday as the Brazilian currency sank against the US dollar, while robusta coffee futures fell for a fifth straight day and reached a 1-1/2-year low on rains in Vietnam. The rallying greenback also weighed on coffee prices, pressuring arabica to the lowest level since January 2014, while also hitting New York cocoa. Volume was heavy as traders returned from a ...
CBOT soybeans extend losing streak to five sessions CHICAGO: Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures fell for the fifth straight session on Tuesday as the planting of what is forecast to be the largest amount of US soy acreage ever was seen ahead of schedule, traders said.Ample global supplies also weighed on prices.Contract lows for soybeans were set across the board.Soymeal futures weakened while soyoil strengthened due to the unwinding of long soymeal/short soyoil spreads, traders said.CBOT July soyoil rallied through technical resistance ...
CBOT corn lowest since October as wheat falls, dollar rises CHICAGO: Chicago Board of Trade corn futures fell more than 1 percent to the lowest levels since October on Tuesday, pressured by a higher dollar and a 4 percent tumble in wheat futures, traders said.Chart-based selling also was noted while analysts expected the US Department of Agriculture later on Monday to show that spring plantings were nearly complete and corn crop conditions overall were favorable.Most-active CBOT July corn fell to $3.54 per bushel, lowest since ...
Gold drops almost 2pc as dollar rally continues NEW YORK/LONDON: Gold dipped almost 2 percent on Tuesday as the dollar extended gains following a raft of strong US data and recent comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that reinforced the central bank's tightening bias on monetary policy.Spot gold dropped to a two-week low of $1,185.35 an ounce earlier and was down 1.7 percent at $1,186.90 by 2:19 p.m. EDT (1819 GMT), its biggest drop since April 30. US gold futures for June ...
CBOT wheat falls 4 pct on strong dollar, technical selling CHICAGO: Wheat futures on the Chicago Board of Trade fell more than 4 percent on Tuesday, with front-month July dropping below $5 a bushel as a stronger dollar triggered technical selling and threatened to further dim US export prospects.The dollar rose more than 1 percent against other major currencies, driven by increasing expectations the Federal Reserve will start raising US interest rates in 2015.Sell-stops were triggered in CBOT July wheat as the contract fell below ...
Brazil 2015/16 coffee crop forecast at 47.28mn bags PAULO: Brazil's 2015/2016 coffee harvest now underway is expected to yield 47.28 million 60-kg bags, unchanged from the previous estimate in February, coffee exporter Terra Forte said on Tuesday. The exporter put Brazil's 2014/15 harvest at 46.78 million bags. The local coffee belt has been struggling with the effects of a severe drought that began in early 2014. Rains have since begun to normalize but coffee trees are still recovering. Terra Forte's estimate falls in ...


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