Nov. 10, 2014, 12:14 PM
- It's lower yields at work, with the USDA now expecting 173.4 bushels per acre vs. 174.2 last month and the trade guess of 175.2.
- The bean crop is now estimated at 3.958B bushels vs. 3.927B last month and trade's expectation of 3.967B.
- Wheat ending stocks of 644M bushels compares to last month's 654M.
- Corn fired, but has quickly fallen back - now up marginally on the session after initially jumping around 2%. In the green earlier, beans are now lower by 1%, and wheat also erases early gains, now flat on the session.
- ETFs: CORN, JJG, WEAT, SOYB, GRU, WEET
Oct. 10, 2014, 12:20 PM
- The USDA estimate for this season's corn yield of 174.2 bushels per acre is up from 171.7 bushels one month ago, and compares to trade estimates of 174.7. Production of 14.475B bushels compares to trade estimates of 14.506B bushels. Ending stocks of 2.081B bushels vs. estimate of 2.13B.
- Soybean yields of 47.1 bushels is up from 46.6 last month, and vs. estimates of 47.6. The crop size of 3.927B bushels stands against estimates of 3.976B, and last month's estimate of 3.913B. Ending stocks of 450M bushels vs. estimate of 472M.
- Wheat ending stocks of 654M bushels drops from 698M last month and compares to estimates of 704M.
- Bottom line: Already big corn and bean crops got bigger.
- Corn and beans are off a few cents, while the price of wheat jumps nearly a dime per bushel on the low stocks estimate.
- ETFs: CORN, JJG, WEAT, SOYB, GRU, WEET
Sep. 19, 2014, 11:12 AM
- It's new contract lows across the board in the grains with Dec. corn -1% to $3.34 per bushel, Dec. wheat -2.2% to $4.77, and Nov. beans -1% to $9.61.
- Related ETFs: CORN -1.2%, WEAT -2.1%, SOYB -1.5%, JJG -1.5%.
- For wheat it's a 4-year low following last week's USDA report estimating a record worldwide harvest of 720M metric tons. The USDA also said wheat exports of 314.5 tons in the week ended Sept. 11 were less than half the previous week.
- The same supply report also predicted record U.S. harvests for both corn and beans.
Aug. 18, 2014, 4:30 PM
- Contrarians looking for a bottom in the long slide in corn could do worse than hearing a bell ringing in the WSJ headline from this weekend: "U.S. Farmers are up to their ears in corn."
- "We're going to drown in corn this year," leads the article, quoting Decatur's Jeff Brown, a 5th-generation farmer.
- More? "We're going to see corn in piles all over the Midwest, and it's going to take forever to eat through it all," says commodity broker Jamey Kohake, who is advising clients to sell rallies and not hold any corn through the winter.
- September corn fell 1.7% today to $3.60 per bushel. Two years ago, corn was selling for more than $8.
- CORN -1.6%
- ETFs: JJG, GRU
Mar. 31, 2014, 3:02 PM
- Corn is ahead about 2% after a USDA survey shows farmers planning to plant just 91.691M acres this year, the lowest in 4 years, and down from 95.365M acres in 2013. Trade estimates had been for about 93M acres.
- One year ago at this time, the nearby corn contract was trading at $7 per bushel - today it's around $5. The USDA pegs March 1 corn inventories of 7.01B bushels, up 30% from a year ago, and about inline with trade forecasts.
- CORN +3.1%
- ETFs: JJG, GRU
Mar. 10, 2014, 12:12 PM
- World corn stocks of 158.47MMT is higher than last month's estimate of 157.3 and trade expectations of 156.27. Domestic ending stocks, however, are now placed at 1.456B bushels vs. 1.481 last month and trade expectations of 1.488.
- Domestic bean ending stocks of 145M bushels is down from 150 last month, but ahead of trade expectations for 141. World stocks of 70.64MMT vs. 73.01 previously and forecasts for 71.46.
- Domestic wheat ending stocks of 558M bushels compares to 558M last month and 570M forecast.
- Markets are reading the news as bearish, with corn off a nickel, beans down $0.25, and wheat off $0.02
- CORN -0.25%, SOYB -0.75%, WEAT -1.2%
- Related ETFs: JJG, GRU, WEET
Jan. 10, 2014, 12:25 PM
- Corn (CORN +2.6%) moves sharply higher after the latest USDA projection has corn ending stocks at just 1.631B bushels vs. trade expectations for 1.861B. The agency pegs production at 13.93B bushels - few had expected this number to come in below 14B.
- The wheat (WEAT -4.2%) numbers are more bearish however, with ending stocks of 608M bushels vs. expectations of 557M. Winter wheat seedings, though, are less than expected - 41.892M acres vs. 43.501M.
- Soybean (SOYB +0.1%) ending stocks of 150B bushels are about inline with expectations.
- Related ETFs: JJG, GRU
Sep. 30, 2013, 3:49 PM
- Corn (CORN -2.4%) and Soybeans (SOYB -3.2%) tumble - with corn hitting a 3-year low - after the USDA reports estimated corn stocks of 824M bushels, off 17% from a year ago, but far higher than trade estimates for 687M. Bean stocks are estimated at 141M bushels, also off 17% from a year ago, but 13% above estimates. Stocks still remain low, but these are old crop numbers, and forecasters are looking forward to a big crop this fall.
- Wheat (WEAT -2.7%) stocks of 1.85B bushels were slightly below expectations.
- Lower-than-expected feed usage and export demand were behind the big corn number - high prices had pig farmers substituting corn for wheat.
- Relevant grain ETFs: JJA, RJA, AGF, DBA, FUD, UAG, DAG, AGA, ADZ, JJS, TAGS, USAG, RGRA, JJG, GRU.
Sep. 12, 2013, 1:07 PM
- December Corn slides nearly 3% after the USDA revises upward its estimate for ending stocks to 1.855B bushels from last month's 1.837B. Trade forecasts were for 1.739B. Production is lifted to 13.843B bushels from 13.763B last month and trade estimates of 13.641B. The average yield is expected at 155.3 bushels/acre vs. 123.4 last year.
- Beans go green, however, as the USDA cuts it estimate for yields across the Midwest. The agency sees production at 3.149B bushels and ending stocks of 150M after cutting export demand by 20M bushels. "Leaves trade nervous," tweets Arlan Suderman of Water Street Solutions. "USDA too conservative on demand."
- Wheat's reverses an early loss to go flat even as the USDA revises higher its forecast of ending stocks to 561M bushels from 551M.
- Deere (DE -1.1%) got knee-jerked for a few cents on the news release, but looks to be in the process of bouncing back.
- CORN -2.7%.
- JJG, GRU, SOYB, WEAT.
Aug. 26, 2013, 8:05 AM
- Soybeans lead big gains in the grains after the Pro Farmer tour suggests a harvest lower than the USDA prediction and DTN forecasts more hot, dry weather in the Midwest for the next 7-10 days.
- November beans +3.9%, December corn +3.6%, December wheat +1.5%.
- "The market's increasingly getting a bit nervous about the soybean crop," says an agricultural economist with ANZ.
- ETFs of interest: CORN, SOYB, WEAT. JJG, GRU.
Aug. 12, 2013, 12:26 PM
- The grain pits party after the USDA lowers its corn production estimate to 13.76B bushels - still a whopper of a number, but off from 13.95B in July. Ending stocks are cut to 1.837B bushels.
- Bean production is cut to 3.255B bushels from 3.42B as acres planted are cut 500K and yield is lowered to 1.9 bushels/acre.
- No change is made to the wheat production estimate, but 25M bushels of extra exports cuts ending stocks by the same amount.
- December corn erases a sizable early loss, now up $0.15 to $4.69/bushel. CORN +1.5%.
- SOYB +3.4%, WEAT +0.3%.
- Grain ETFs: JJG +1.8%, GRU +2.5%.
- Other related: JJA, RJA, AGF, DBA, FUD, UAG, DAG, AGA, ADZ, JJS, TAGS, USAG, RGRA.
Jun. 12, 2013, 12:19 PMCorn (CORN -1.8%) gives up early gains and turns sharply lower after the USDA estimates 2013/14 ending stocks of 151.8M tons, above the trade estimate of 149.6M. The USDA cut its yield projection by 1.5 bushels to 156.5 bushels/acre, but lower feed usage and no reduction in planted acreage (despite spring delays) has stocks higher. Tyson (TSN +0.9%) and Pilgrim's Pride (PPC +1.9%) cheer the news. The data was bearish for beans (SOYB -1.8%) as well. Grains ETF (JJG -1.3%). | Comment!
May. 17, 2013, 11:01 AMGoldman's Tuesday bear call on agricultural commodities has implications for Deere (DE -2.7%) which gets a downgrade to Sell from Neutral. Analyst Jerry Revich says "recovering commodity inventories point to lower U.S. farm income and capex." As recently bearish Barron's notes (channeling Wells Fargo's Andrew Casey) "as goes the North American corn crop, so goes DE's stock price." For their part, GS says only a "major weather shock" could keep corn crop (CORN +0.1%) prices "near their current levels." Price target: $85 from $98. | Comment!
May. 2, 2013, 3:09 PMNearly everyone's a winner today as it's not just stocks lit up bright green. Oil (USO +3.3%), gold (GLD +0.5%), silver (SLV +0.7%), and corn (CORN +1.8%), are all flying. Even bonds (TLT), which tumbled on the big dip in jobless claims, have returned back to flat. Notably lower is natural gas (UNG -6.3%), tumbling on an unexpected add to inventories and as spring finally seems to arrive in the States. | 3 Comments
Jan. 11, 2013, 12:13 PMThe inaugural midday release of the USDA's January crop report doesn't disappoint, with corn reversing early losses and now sharply green as Dec. 1 stocks come in at 8.03B bushels vs. expectations of 8.21B. Ending stocks are estimated at a slim 602M bushels vs. expectations of 667M. Beans are down after production came in higher than expected. Wheat jumps on lower-than-anticipated planted acres. | Comment!
Dec. 21, 2012, 11:59 AMBrazil’s government go-ahead for Petrobras (PBR -3.6%) to raise its gasoline prices in early 2013 likely will raise demand for domestically produced sugar-based ethanol, but effects also could reach U.S. shores. Ethanol output in the U.S. is expected fall ~10% next year, and a robust export market could give Brazilian mills even more incentive to produce ethanol instead of sugar. | 4 Comments
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