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GRAINS-Wheat set for weekly decline on Black Sea deal extension

SINGAPORE, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Chicago wheat futures rose for the first time in three sessions on Friday, although the market is on track to end the week in a negative territory as an extension of the Black Sea export deal eased concerns over global supply.

Corn rose for a second session while soybeans gained ground.

FUNDAMENTALS

* The most-active wheat contract on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) was up 0.3% at $8.08-3/4 a bushel, as of 0121 GMT, and the market has lost around half a percent this week.

* Corn rose 0.2% to $6.68-1/2 a bushel and soybeans gained 0.4% to $14.22-3/4 a bushel. For the week, corn is up 1.5%, while soybeans have lost almost 2%.

* The deal aimed at easing global food shortages by helping Ukraine export its agricultural products from Black Sea ports was extended for four months on Thursday, though Russia said its own demands were yet to be fully addressed.

* The agreement, initially reached in July, created a protected transit corridor and was designed to alleviate shortages by allowing exports to resume from three ports in Ukraine, a major producer of grains and oilseeds.

* Concerns over adverse weather in key exporting countries continued to support prices.

* Argentina farmers could reduce the area they plant with soy if more rain does not bring relief to drought-plagued farmlands soon, the Buenos Aires grains exchange said Thursday as it forecast moderate showers in parts of the country's farm belt.

* A prolonged drought has forced farmers to delay planting soy, which is only 12% complete, versus 29% at the same date last year. The current crop's total planted area is projected at 16.7 million hectares (41.3 million acres), the exchange said.

* The International Grains Council trimmed its forecast for 2022/23 global wheat production by one million tonnes, to 791 million tonnes, and maintained its 2022/23 world corn crop outlook at 1.166 billion tonnes.

* Commodity funds were net sellers of CBOT soybean, wheat, soyoil and soymeal futures contracts on Thursday, and were net even in corn futures, traders said.

MARKET NEWS

* The dollar rose and equity markets slid on Thursday after hawkish remarks from Federal Reserve officials reminded investors a less-aggressive monetary policy is unlikely with U.S. employment data still showing a tight labor market.

DATA/EVENTS (GMT, Oct) 0700 UK Retail Sales MM, YY 0700 UK Retail Sales Ex-Fuel MM 1500 US Existing Home Sales (Reporting by Naveen Thukral; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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