CBOT wheat slips on expectations for lackluster U.S. export demand

CHICAGO, March 3 (Reuters) - U.S. wheat futures closed lower on Wednesday on expectations for lackluster export demand and spillover selling from losses in the corn and soy markets, analysts said.

* Strength in the U.S. dollar put pressure on prices, brokers said. A firm dollar makes U.S. farm products less attractive to importers.

* The USDA is set to issue weekly U.S. grain export sales data on Thursday. Analysts estimate wheat sales at 100,000 to 600,000 tonnes.

* Japan's Ministry of Agriculture bought 82,937 tonnes of food-quality wheat from the United States and Canada in a regular tender.

* CBOT May soft red winter wheat ended down 10-1/4 cents at $6.56 per bushel. The contract traded within the range of yesterday's prices.

* K.C. May hard red winter wheat fell 9-1/4 cents to $6.26 a bushel, while MGEX May spring wheat shed 2-1/4 cents to settle at $6.43 a bushel. (Reporting by Tom Polansek; Editing by Will Dunham)

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