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Rich Nelson: Feed for the bulls

01/17/2011 @ 1:36pm

A strong weekly soybean close should keep the bull fed for now. We are targeting 1450-1475 in the short term on the March contract.

Last week, profit-taking was seen early today as traders bought the close for a long weekend. Argentine weather will still be a focus this week, as forecasters continue to keep the rain events through the weekend. The bottom line at mid-day Friday brought Argentina some potential for relief from recent dry conditions. However, it is important to keep it all in perspective. The nation needs more than 0.50 to 1.50 inches of rain more frequently to see a dramatic reversal in crop and soil conditions. The rainfall coming up in the next week will be welcome and good for short term improvements in crop and field conditions, but much more rain will be needed to assure dryness does not come back. The volume today was the lightest we’ve seen this year. The funds were buyers today of almost 4000 contracts and fund rebalancing has come to an end. We are closed on Monday but trade will resume on Monday night. Have a great long weekend.

Direction: Key long term issues we continue to watch are La Nina influenced drought in Argentina (mainly Santa Fe, Cordoba, and Buenos Aires regions) and China’s strong soybean purchases. There is also a concern of Argentina stopping exports next week as farmers go on strike once again. Our upside objective has been increased to 1450 – 1475 after this week’s new ending stock numbers. The trend is up and fundamentals are still bullish and we will continue to buy on pull backs. We are now long from 1409 on our recommendations and look for a strong move early next week. Support will be at 1409 and 1405 with resistance near 1430 and 1440…Steve Georgy

Trade Recommendation:

  • (1/12) Bought March soybeans 1409, risk 1394, objective 1440. Closed at 1422 1/2

Closing Cattle Commentary

Fundamental Support: A great week has been wrapped up. The February contract posted a strong $3 gain. Through today’s midday report, wholesale beef closed up $3.36 for choice and a full $6 for select! Cash cattle traded solidly at $108. That is up from last week’s $106 average. This now retests the previous $108 record highs posted in October of 2003. In that week the average was $108.17. However, the TCFA reports that there were a couple hundred heifers that week which moved at $111.  

New export information, out today, indicated November beef exports were up 25% over last year. Imports in that month, were down 23%. Wow. In case you are not aware the US has historically been a net importer (on quantity) of beef. That changed in the fourth quarter. We will post our first year as a net exporter in 2011.

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