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iPath DJ-UBS Grains Total Return Sub-Index ETN (JJG)

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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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  • 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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  • Apr. 27, 2012, 4:49 PM
    Corn prices jump 4.6% after the U.S. reports the sixth-largest export sale ever for the grain, which analysts believe is headed for China. The sale coincides with expectations of a large Chinese purchase, but it renews concerns that Chinese demand could stretch already-tight U.S. inventories, pushing prices above their recent trading range.
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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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  • Apr. 9, 2012, 3:51 PM
    The USDA is expected to report tomorrow expected corn stockpiles at summer's end will be 37% below last year, and possibly the lowest level ever relative to usage. "There will be no relief for consumers until later this year," says an ag economist, and that's only if high prices (and good weather) lead to a bumper crop. MOS -7% in the past month? What gives?
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  • Apr. 2, 2012, 12:10 PM
    Farmers are expanding plantings into previously off-limit conservation lands as high prices make crops more profitable than re-upping with the Conservation Reserve Program. The idled land will take years of investment, plowing, and fertilizer application before becoming productive enough to be profitable again.
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  • Mar. 30, 2012, 9:48 AM
    The USDA reports that U.S farmers plan to increase corn plantings by 4% Y/Y this spring to 95.9M acres. Though it marks the highest level since 1937, the early nature of the report before weather and prices takes its toll on plantings has to be factored in. JJG +3.5%, CORN +3.7%.
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  • Mar. 8, 2012, 1:24 PM
    Global wheat production is expected to be 690M tons, according to the U.N's FAO, a bit less than last year, but still the 2nd highest amount on record. Good gains in India are likely to see East Asia matching last year's record level, and even drought in Argentina and Brazil is being offset by increased plantings.
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  • Feb. 17, 2012, 1:27 PM
    Soybean merchants sold 2.923M metric tons of product to China today, the biggest one-day amount on record. Not surprisingly, the sales occurred amidst China's putative next leader Xi Jinping's visit to Iowa. Beans continue a nice run, +1.1% today, up about 10% in the last month.
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The Dow Jones-UBS Grains Subindex Total ReturnService Mark is a sub-index of the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total ReturnService Mark and reflects the returns that are potentially available through an unleveraged investment in the futures contracts on physical commodities comprising the Index plus the rate of interest that could be earned on cash collateral invested in specified Treasury Bills. The Index is currently composed of three futures contracts on grains traded on U.S. exchanges.
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