Wheat prices mixed at the close | Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Corn closed up 3¢ and soybeans are up 8¢.
After spiking this morning, wheat closed far from the high and even down in some cases.
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CBOT wheat is up 5¢. KC wheat is down 2¢. Minneapolis wheat is down 4¢.
Live cattle are up 70¢. Lean hogs are down $1.88. Feeder cattle are up $1.55.
Crude oil is down 30¢.
S&P 500 futures are up 49 points. Dow futures are up 260 points.
Wheat prices back down at midday: 11:17 a.m. CDT
At midday corn is down 1⁄4 of a penny and soybeans are up 7¢.
CBOT wheat is off this morning's high but is up 4¢. KC wheat is currently up 2¢. Minneapolis wheat is down 4¢.
Arlan Suderman, chief commodities economist with StoneX, says Viterra is joining Cargill in no longer exporting grain out of Russia.
"Some of this is likely pressure from Russia, and some of it is pre-emptive in nature as problems with doing business with Russia continue to increase," he says. "Regardless, it puts more questions around Russia's ability to export."
Live cattle are up 35¢. Lean hogs are down $2.25. Feeder cattle are up $1.13.
Crude oil is currently down 15¢.
The U.S. Dollar Index June contract is at 102.40.
S&P 500 futures are up 41 points. Dow futures are up 209 points.
Wheat up over 20¢ to start the day: 9:20 a.m. CDT
This morning corn is up 5¢ and soybeans are down 3⁄4 of a penny.
CBOT wheat is up 22¢. KC wheat is up 21¢. Minneapolis wheat is up 16¢.
Suderman says wheat is up on the news that Cargill will not be an exporter from Russia for the 2023/2024 marketing year.
He says foreign companies are under increasing pressure and are slowly leaving Russia, but Russian exporters say that the grain will move, whether it is handled by a foreign or local company.
"But fund managers holding large short positions are nervous, especially amid signs that Russian exporters may be refusing to accept tenders below $275 per metric ton, and some say that floor is rising to $285 - $290 per ton," Suderman says. "It just creates more uncertainty around the wheat market, putting more focus on problems in the U.S. Plains, as well as the expected start of El Niño that increases risks for Australia."
Al Kluis, managing director of Kluis Commodity Advisors, say he is keeping an eye on Brazil, where the weather has turned dry following the planting of the second corn crop. He says private projections for the crop are likely to be reduced next week.
USDA announced another corn purchase by China this morning for 204,000 metric tons for the 2022/2023 marketing year.
Live cattle are up 28¢. Lean hogs are down 68¢. Feeder cattle are up 38¢.
Crude oil is up 85¢.
S&P 500 futures are up 43 points. Dow futures are up 245 points.