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  • Jul. 11, 2012, 12:01 PM
    Report buyers get burned as corn moves 1.3% lower on the day, a full $0.40 off the level hit in the minutes after the USDA confirmed what everyone has known for weeks - the harsh weather is hurting the crop. Beans and wheat remain higher, but also sharply off post-report levels.
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  • Jul. 11, 2012, 8:48 AM
    Not totally unexpectedly, the USDA lowers its corn forecast 12% to 12.97B Bushels; the projected yield is cut 20 bushels/acre to 146 bushels, "reflecting the rapid decline in crop conditions since early June and the latest weather data." Corn prices surge in response.
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  • Jul. 9, 2012, 10:42 AM
    A check of commodity performance (DBC) in H1 shows agricultural commodities (DBA) the top performer, despite steep falls in coffee (JO) and cotton (BAL), as the drought sends grains (JJG) soaring. Leading on the downside are the economically sensitive energy (JJE) and industrial metals (JJM) sectors.
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  • Jul. 9, 2012, 10:34 AM
    Grains soar again as the heat wave breaks, but one forecaster says coming rain is expected to miss the areas most in need. The USDA's crop report for later today is expected to confirm deterioration of the crops. CORN +5.5%, JJG +4.8%, DBA +2.3%.
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  • Jul. 5, 2012, 5:35 PM
    Hot, dry weather isn't only plaguing midwestern farmers, as drought conditions also have hit areas in Russia and around the Black Sea, prompting reductions in grain forecasts. Yet food prices have been falling in recent months, and analysts such as Cowen's Colin Guheen expect “benign” inflation in 2012-13; he says the risk is not great for select food companies such as SFD and SWY.
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  • Jul. 5, 2012, 11:19 AM
    It's always a good idea to check the grains after July 4, and they're soaring again as no relief is in sight from the heat and drought. Adding fuel is the Ukraine, which lowered its corn crop estimate by 8% due to its own weather issues. A couple of headlines for the contrarians: "Corn is shining like gold," and "New dust bowl days on the horizon." CORN +2.5%, JJG +2.7%.
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  • Jul. 3, 2012, 11:57 AM
    Ag sector stocks are trading strong on the heels of yesterday's USDA crop progress report that showed worsening conditions in corn and soybeans, citing hot and dry weather across the U.S. Also possibly helping is National Bank's upgrade (I, II) on shares of Potash (POT +2.1%) and Agrium (AGU +3.3%). Also: MOS +2.3%, CF +3.1%, IPI +3.5%.
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  • Jun. 29, 2012, 12:49 PM
    "Sell, Mortimer sell!" It's raining on LaSalle Street. Corn gives up big early gains as rain hits the home of the CBOT - a possible break in the brutal drought covering a good portion of the Midwest. CORN +16.8% this month.
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  • Jun. 29, 2012, 10:39 AM
    2012 corn planted is estimated at 96.4M acres, says the USDA, +5% Y/Y and the highest planted acreage since 1937. Soybeans are estimated at 76.1M acres, the 3rd highest on record. Though both figures are higher than trade expectations, planted acres are not the same as harvested acres, and the drought continues. Corn and beans are sharply higher in early trade.
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  • Jun. 28, 2012, 2:50 PM
    Corn takes a breather from its big June run (up 27%), but a once-in-a-generation drought continues to bear down on the Midwest. A drought map shows the brutal conditions - originally centered on Indiana - making their way into Illinois and even Iowa.
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  • Jun. 12, 2012, 2:30 AM
    Food may be the next commodities boom. A growing world population and changing food preferences in emerging economies could prompt a surge in demand for agricultural products, and a recent flurry of M&A activity in the agribusiness sector suggests commodity firms are trying to position themselves ahead of the possible boom.
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  • May 29, 2012, 3:01 PM
    How strong has the dollar rally been in May? The Bullish Dollar ETF (UUP) has had just 3 down days this month, notes John Spence. The move up has pushed the greenback to the verge of a technical breakout, writes Andrew Nyquist, suggesting we're near the end of a multi-year bottoming period for the currency. Commodity investors, take note.
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  • May 29, 2012, 8:31 AM
    Agricultural commodities are mostly up this morning, with the notable exception of wheat futures, which are -1.3% as rainfall in key grain-growing regions in Russia and Australia eased concerns over a possible disruption to global supplies. Soybean futures +0.7% on adverse weather conditions in the U.S. Midwest and Great Plains-region.
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  • Apr. 10, 2012, 8:50 AM
    One reason for the continued bullishness on corn is a 4.3M ton reduction in world ending stocks thanks to higher-than-expected feed use demand out of China. Higher incomes = higher demand for meat. (earlier USDA report)
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  • Apr. 10, 2012, 8:44 AM
    The USDA sees corn ending stocks unchanged from last month's estimate of 801M bushels. Soybean ending stocks are reduced to 250M bushels from 275M, wheat to 793M from 825M. It's a slightly bearish number for corn as consensus was looking for lower stocks, but owners of the grain don't appear to be in a mood to sell yet. Wheat and beans are indicated to open solidly higher.
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  • Mar. 23, 2012, 12:25 PM
    The USDA is maintaining its forecast for 2.5%-3.5% food inflation in 2012, following a 3.7% increase last year on account of growing emerging-markets demand and bad harvests. The 2012 forecast is in-line with the 2.8% increase averaged since 1990. (also)
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The PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund is based on the Deutsche Bank Liquid Commodity Index Diversified Agriculture Excess Return™ and managed by DB Commodity Services LLC. The Index is a rules-based index composed of futures contracts on some of the most liquid and widely traded agricultural commodities. The Index is intended to reflect the performance of the agricultural sector. You cannot invest directly in the Index. Ordinary brokerage commissions apply.
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