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Soy and Wheat Downtrends Continue, While Corn and Cotton Consolidate.

Author: Doug Christie


The major fundamental input was the release of the grain stocks report last Friday, creating a bearish tone with soy, wheat and corn all closing down sharply in the immediate wake of the report.

While the reported figures were only slightly lower than year-ago numbers, the market had expected sharper declines and reacted accordingly.

Harvest in the US is steadily getting underway. Corn and soy are both reported at 23% complete, with cotton at 18% – all in line with five-year average progress.

The WASDE report to be released next week should set the stage for further price action. Will likely need to see a bullish surprise to get markets excited.


The downside breakouts last Friday cast a defensive tone for techs.

Grain moving averages are all sell signals. The soy market is verging on oversold following a steady downtrend, so that has some potential to support the market. Cotton moving averages are flat as that market continues to be range bound.

COT figures, which pre-dated the grain stocks report, showed an increase in corn managed money shorts, a decrease in soy longs and unchanged positions in wheat and cotton.


The dollar continues to move higher versus world currencies, which adds to demand concerns for US export – the major preoccupation for markets currently. The risk-off tone in capital markets is not helping matters.

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