CHICAGO: US corn, soyabean and wheat futures posted sharp losses on Wednesday on a round of long liquidation by investment funds after all three commodities rallied to multi-year highs in 2021, traders said.
“We have really run this market up hard,” said Ben Buie, grain team leader at MaxYield Cooperative in West Bend, Iowa. “We just ran out of bullish news and the market kind of ran out of steam.”
Chicago Board of Trade corn futures notched the biggest loss, sagging 3.9%, with traders noting further pressure from a US Agriculture Department announcement that unknown buyers cancelled an export deal for 132,000 tonnes of US corn.
CBOT March corn ended down 21-3/4 cents at $5.34-1/2 a bushel.
Corn futures have dropped 5.2% since the USDA on Tuesday projected bigger-than-expected domestic ending stocks.
“Anyone who had betted that the latest forecasts from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) would show another dramatic tightening of the grains and oilseeds markets, which were already in short supply, was disappointed yesterday,” Commerzbank said in a note.
CBOT March soyabeans were 47-3/4 cents lower at $13.54 a bushel and CBOT March wheat was off 14 cents at $6.35-1/2 a bushel.
Soyabeans dropped through key technical benchmarks, closing below the 30-day moving average for the first time since Aug. 12, 2020.
The advancing soya harvest in South America added pressure, with traders saying US exporters will finally have some competition as crops from Brazil and Argentina hit the market.