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DTN Midday Grain Comments     04/02 11:00

   Grains Mixed at Midday

   Corn is 2 to 3 cents higher, soybeans are narrowly mixed, and wheat is 4 to 
10 cents lower.  

By David Fiala
DTN Contributing Analyst

 General Comments

   

   

   The U.S. stock market is firmer with the Dow down 245 points higher as 
active trade continues. The dollar index is 30 points higher. Interest rate 
products are higher. Energies are firmer with crude $4.10 higher. Livestock 
trade is sharply lower. Precious metals are firmer with gold up $39.00.

   CORN

   Corn trade is 2 to 3 cents higher at midday with spillover support from 
energies as trade remains range bound with early gains fading again. Ethanol 
margins remain very poor, with unleaded bouncing a bit as the energy complex 
tries to find a level to consolidate at with ethanol futures flat. Corn basis 
will likely continue to see pressure except for export-oriented locations. 
Rains will keep early fieldwork slow. Weekly export sales remained solid at 
1.08 million metric tons (mmt). On the May contract, support is the lower 
Bollinger band at $3.25, and resistance is the 20-day at $3.55.

   SOYBEANS

   Soybeans trade are narrowly mixed at midday with active two-sided trade 
continuing after breaking support levels Wednesday. Meal is $3.00 to $4.00 
lower, and oil is 25 to 35 points higher. South America is continuing to 
harvest with port disruptions this biggest concern, while the real remains very 
weak. New-crop soybeans will need to gain vs. corn to provide an acreage 
incentive with the price ratio failing to extend past 2.4 with time running 
down to make material changes. Weekly export sales were mixed at 957,400 metric 
tons (mt) of old-crop beans, 114,000 of new, 125,900 of old meal, and a 
marketing-year high of 67,000 of oil. The May soybean chart support is the gap 
at $8.41, with resistance the 20-day at $8.67.

   WHEAT

   Wheat trade is 5 to 10 cents lower at midday with long liquidation resuming 
overnight as we continue to pull back from the recent highs with little fresh 
news. There has been talk of new Middle East import tenders short term, but 
otherwise world export news remains lacking. KC is at a 78-cent discount to 
Chicago on the May with choppy trade continuing, while Minneapolis is -23 with 
narrower action this week. Weekly export sales were disappointing at 72,900 mt 
of old crop and 185,900 metric tons of new crop. The May KC chart support is 
the 20-day at $4.62, with resistance the $5.13 upper Bollinger band.

   David Fiala is a DTN contributing analyst and the President of FuturesOne 
and a registered adviser. 
He can be reached at dfiala@futuresone.com 
Follow him on Twitter @davidfiala


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