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DTN Midday Grain Comments     11/14 11:13

   Grains Mixed at Midday

   Corn is flat to higher, with wheat and soybeans lower at midday. 

By David Fiala
DTN Contributing Analyst

 General Comments



   The U.S. stock market is mixed with the Dow down 45. The dollar index is 15 
lower. Interest rate products are weaker. Energies are mixed with crude flat. 
Livestock trade is weaker except for front-month feeder cattle. Precious metals 
are mixed with gold up 9.00.


   Corn trade is flat to 2 cents higher with choppy trade continuing as trade 
works to build broader support at the lower end of the range with sustained 
buying in short supply so far this week. Ethanol margins remain stable, with 
the weekly ethanol report pushing production 16,000 barrels per day higher, 
with stocks down 883,000 barrels, helping to firm ethanol futures at midday. 
Basis has held up well with the slow pace of harvest so far with propane 
shortages still noted, but warmer weather should help. South America should see 
areas of improvement as planting progresses, especially in Brazil. On the 
December contract support is the $3.71 lows from October, with resistance the 
spike high from Friday at $3.83 3/4. 


   Soybeans are 1 to 3 cents lower with trade still struggling at the lower end 
of the range with negative trade news and South American hanging over the 
market. Meal is $0.50 to $1.50 lower and oil 15 to 25 points higher. The real 
remains at the lows, but China continues to buy with another 129,000 metric 
tons. Bean basis has moved to a more sideways trend short term with pockets of 
firmness showing up at crushers. South America should make more progress 
through the week with improved weather, and Brazil heading towards the planting 
homestretch. On the January chart, support is the lower Bollinger Band at 
$9.11, which we are just above with resistance well above the market at $9.33.


   Wheat trade is 2 to 5 cents lower with trade back to the lower end of the 
range after failing to hold gains yesterday. The Chicago/Kansas City December 
spread is 87 cents with wider action after bouncing off the lower end of the 
range with a dime swing the last two days. The corn/HRW spread has narrowed 
back to 44 cents, getting wheat back towards ratios. Russian values remain 
elevated with Australia dry, but the U.S. is still struggling to capture a 
larger share, with the dollar remaining at the upper end of the range. The 
December Kansas City chart support is the lower Bollinger Band at $4.14, with 
resistance the 20-day at 4.23.

   David Fiala is a DTN contributing analyst and the President of FuturesOne 
and a registered adviser. 
He can be reached at 
Follow him on Twitter @davidfiala


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