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DTN Midday Grain Comments     11/24 11:34

   Corn, Wheat Lower at Midday; Soy Complex Mixed

   Trade is again mixed in quiet midday trade.

By David Fiala
DTN Contributing Analyst

 General Comments

   The U.S. stock markets are mixed. The interest rate products are flat to 
higher. The dollar index is 22 points lower. Energies are higher with crude up 
$1.40. Livestock trade is mostly lower. Precious metals are higher with gold up 


   Corn trade 2 cents lower in quiet session with only a 3 cent range through 
midday. Volume is expected to remain poor this week with the Thanksgiving 
Holiday trade and limited possible material market news. Basis remains stable 
to firm early in the week, with ethanol margins slightly improved with a 
rebound starting to develop in the energy complex. US export competitiveness 
has improved but the market will want sustained progress before getting 
excited. It appears doubtful the USDA would increase any usage numbers on the 
December monthly Supply and Demand report. On the December chart, first support 
is the 10-day moving average at $3.62, and then the recent low at $3.56, with 
resistance that 20-day moving average at $3.69. Expect buys stops above the 
high yesterday, then above the 20-day if some buying shows up in this thin 
trade to take us there. That could give us a little more exiting trade, but at 
this juncture the market does not act like it wants to do much here. For the 
holiday we will have a normal close tomorrow then a noon close on Friday. It 
appears the overnight trade will not trade Thanksgiving night with trade 
beginning Friday on the day session open.


   Soybean trade is 2 cents higher; meal is down $1 and bean oil up 50. Outside 
market strength is supporting bean oil and crude which has beans higher. 
Soybean trade has been slow with only an 8 cent range up through midday.  South 
American weather brings some rains late this week, and a wetter extended 
forecast for some areas but some holes are likely to remain. This was behind 
the weakness early yesterday. As of midday the rebound yesterday has carried 
into today for beans. Soybeans basis has been fairly quiet in recent days, with 
no major moves yet. The USDA switched some sold soybeans from unknown to China. 
If Argentina drops export taxes more soybeans could move onto the world market 
in the near term. On the January chart, support is at the $8.45 contract low. 
Resistance is the 20-day moving average at $8.69. Monday was an outside day 
with a higher close for beans, plus a key reversal due to a close at a 
three-day high. So if we can put in some new daily highs there is a positive 
chart story here at midday to generate some short covering and fresh buying.


   Wheat trade is 5 to 7 cents lower following improved crop conditions in the 
U.S. along with spillover weakness from corn. The weaker dollar has limited 
downside. Spread trade is fairly stable, but Kansas City has been able to gain 
a little vs. Chicago although it remains at a steep discount. Russian 
conditions should improve this week heading towards dormancy, with no major 
cold threats in the near term. Winter wheat conditions improved 1% to 53% good 
to excellent with most of the improvement in soft winter wheat growing areas. 
On the December Kansas City chart support is at the new contract low printed 
yesterday at $4.49 with resistance at the $4.73 20-day moving average.

   David Fiala is a DTN contributing analyst and the President of FuturesOne 
and a registered trading adviser.
David Fiala can be reached at 
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