Market eyes USDA data
July soybeans finished the day 1 cent lower at 1426 and the November contract finished 8 cents lower at 1332. We saw two export sales of soybeans announced at 8 am this morning. Egypt bought 120,000 tonnes of old crop and China bought 410,000 tonnes, 60,000 old crop and 350,000 new crop. The Egypt purchase was a little bit of a surprise. Egypt accounts for about 3% of the total purchases for the year. They have already booked 1.03 million tonnes not including today’s purchase. Total soybean bookings for the year, so far, are at 36.36 million tonnes. The trade is focused on weather right now, as we wait to see if this crop, which is planted in dry soil, will receive the rain it needs. The trade is also focusing on the supply and demand report that will be out on Tuesday at 7:30am. This will be the first major report that we will be trading during the report’s release. The trade is expecting old crop soybean stocks to be at 189 million bushels and new crop to be at 143 million bushels. The new crop number looks very friendly. But, we need to keep in mind that Allendale is expecting an additional 2.0 million acres be planted to soybean on the June 29th report. Be cautious moving forward as tight crops usually means volatile markets.
Beef that comes from feedlots accounts for around 80% of total production. The remainder of production comes from cow and bull retirement. June it typically the peak month of steer and heifer slaughter of the year as all of those fall calf placements come due. It is with this pressure that we just cannot get excited about calling this week’s rebound to $122 cash as confirmation of a bottom. Don’t worry though, we will get bullish on this market and very aggressively so in the coming weeks.
(6/8) Sell Oct 118 put 1.50, risk to 3.00, objective 0.
(5/17) Sold Oct 120 put 2.25, risk to 4.00, objective 0. Closed 1.90.
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