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GRAINS-U.S. soy futures jump on bullish exports; corn, wheat firm

(Recasts, updates with U.S. trading, adds new analyst quote; pvs PARIS/NEW DELHI)

By Mark Weinraub

CHICAGO, Oct 20 (Reuters) -

U.S. soybean futures rose 1.4% on Thursday as good export data buoyed hopes that overseas buyers will book more deals in the coming weeks.

Corn and wheat futures also were firm, with short-covering and technical buying underpinning the market after prices for both commodities dropped near the low end of recent trading ranges earlier this week.

The U.S. Agriculture Department said earlier on Thursday that

soybean export sales totaled 2.336 million tonnes

in the week ended Oct. 13, the biggest weekly total in a year.

Additionally, the USDA said that private exporters reported the sale of

201,000 tonnes of soybeans to China

and 132,000 tonnes of soybeans to unknown destinations.

"The export business today was certainly impressive but not a surprise," said Scott Harms, ag risk specialist at Archer Financial Services. "The firmness is being led by expectations of further demand. The market is trying to price that in."

At 10:14 a.m. CDT (1514 GMT), Chicago Board of Trade November soybean futures were up 19-1/4 cents at $13.91-3/4 a bushel.

CBOT December soft red winter wheat gained 8 cents to $8.49-1/4 a bushel and CBOT December corn futures were 7-1/4 cents higher at $6.85-1/2 a bushel.

An easing in the dollar index and a rise in crude oil lent some support to grains.

Wheat markets have been pressured by hopes of progress towards extending Ukraine's United Nations-backed shipping corridor beyond November.

However, comments by Russia's foreign ministry on Thursday accusing Washington of blocking food and fertiliser trade with Russia underscored tensions in the negotiations.

"At the moment it is difficult to get a clear idea about the outcome of the negotiations, as the Russia-Ukraine war has just intensified," a Singapore-based trader said. (Additional reporting by Gus Trompiz in Paris and Mayank Bhardwaj in New Delhi; Editing by Savio D'Souza and Paul Simao)

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