WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) Futures canola contracts finished higher Thursday, due to support from Malaysian palm oil and Chicago soyoil.
However an analyst said remains to be seen if canola remains range-bound. He cautioned that with low volumes trading, any moves can easily be exaggerated.
The Canadian dollar weighed on values.
There were 18,320 contracts traded on Thursday, which compares with Tuesday when 14,568 contracts changed hands. Spreading accounted for 11,620 contracts traded.
Settlement prices are in Canadian dollars per metric tonne.
May 489.10 up 1.60
Jul 494.80 up 1.00
Nov 498.00 up 0.70
SOYBEAN futures at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) were steady on Thursday, after dropping back from larger gains earlier in the session.
A lot of attention in the markets has remained on Jan. 15, when the United States and China are scheduled to sign their Phase One trade agreement in Washington. The exact details of the deal remain sketchy, but it’s widely believed that China will purchase US$40 billion in U.S. agricultural products. That could include 35 million to 40 million tonnes of soybeans, according to a report.
With the New Year’s holiday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) delayed its weekly export sales report to Friday. Estimates from Futures International pegged soybean sales between 500,000 to 700,000 tonnes. Soymeal sales were estimated to be 75,000 to 150,000 tonnes and soyoil at 15,000 to 30,000 tonnes.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported on Tuesday that 558 million pounds of soyoil were produced in October. That’s down from 599 million pounds in September. Biodiesel production increased to 144 million gallons in October. That’s up by 2 million gallons from September.
CORN futures were higher on Thursday, pending the USDA’s crushing report.
The markets have been positioning themselves ahead of the USDA’s supply and demand report, to be released Jan. 10. The report will include revised data on the U.S. harvest. The corn harvest in the Northern Plains was badly delayed, especially in North Dakota with less than half of the crop harvested.
Futures International put U.S. corn export sales at 550,000 to 750,000 tonnes.
WHEAT futures were mixed on Thursday, with small gains for Chicago, but small losses for Minneapolis and Kansas City.
A weaker U.S. dollar has been helping wheat prices, which struggled to find sales throughout much of 2019. The greenback often losses ground to other global currencies at this time of the year.
Wheat could be a major winner in the Phase One deal. Although details are unknown, there is speculation that China could significantly boost its purchases of U.S. wheat.
Futures International placed U.S. wheat exports sales between 400,000 to 600,000 tonnes.
Light crude oil nearby futures in New York were up xx cents at US$61.12 per barrel.
In the afternoon, the Canadian dollar was trading around US76.97 cents. The U.S. dollar was C$1.2992.
|Name / Contract||High||Low||Last||Change||Settlement|
|Canola Jan 2020||471.90||471.90||471.90||4.40||471.90|
|Canola Mar 2020||481.50||475.70||480.20||2.10||480.20|
|Canola May 2020||490.40||485.70||489.40||1.90||489.40|
|Canola Jul 2020||496.00||491.90||495.20||1.40||495.20|
|Canola Nov 2020||499.00||495.30||498.50||1.20||498.50|
|Soybean Jan 2020||949.00||941.75||944.25||1.25||946.00|
|Soybean Mar 2020||961.00||953.75||956.25||0.75||958.25|
|Soybean May 2020||973.50||966.75||969.50||0.75||971.00|
|Soybean Jul 2020||984.25||978.25||981.00||1.25||982.00|
|Soybean Aug 2020||987.50||981.50||984.50||1.50||985.25|
|Soybean Sep 2020||982.50||978.25||980.00||1.50||980.75|
|Soybean Meal Jan 2020||302.40||298.10||300.60||0.70||301.10|
|Soybean Meal Mar 2020||307.50||303.00||305.60||0.90||305.90|
|Soybean Meal May 2020||311.10||306.80||309.30||0.80||309.50|
|Soybean Oil Jan 2020||35.36||34.88||34.97||0.48||35.03|
|Soybean Oil Mar 2020||35.67||35.11||35.24||0.47||35.30|
|Soybean Oil May 2020||35.94||35.40||35.52||0.46||35.58|
|Corn Mar 2020||392.00||387.25||391.50||3.75||391.25|
|Corn May 2020||398.50||394.50||398.00||3.25||397.50|
|Corn Jul 2020||404.50||400.50||404.00||3.00||403.25|
|Corn Sep 2020||403.25||400.50||403.00||2.00||402.00|
|Corn Dec 2020||404.75||401.75||404.50||2.00||403.75|
|Oats Mar 2020||298.00||291.00||298.00||6.00||297.50|
|Oats May 2020||295.00||289.75||294.75||5.00||294.00|
|Oats Jul 2020||292.00||285.75||288.50||5.25||292.00|
|Oats Sep 2020||280.25||280.25||280.25||6.25||274.00|
|Oats Dec 2020||271.75||271.75||271.75||-1.50||273.25|
|Wheat Mar 2020||567.50||558.25||560.25||1.50||560.00|
|Wheat May 2020||570.50||561.50||563.25||1.50||563.25|
|Wheat Jul 2020||571.50||563.25||565.00||1.50||565.00|
|Wheat Sep 2020||576.25||568.25||571.00||2.25||570.75|
|Wheat Dec 2020||584.75||577.50||580.25||2.50||580.00|
|Spring Wheat Mar 2020||566.25||556.75||557.00||-4.00||557.00|
|Spring Wheat May 2020||575.25||566.50||567.25||-3.00||567.25|
|Spring Wheat Jul 2020||582.00||573.50||573.50||-3.75||573.50|
|Spring Wheat Sep 2020||589.00||581.25||581.25||-4.00||581.25|
|Spring Wheat Dec 2020||600.00||592.75||592.75||-4.50||592.75|
|Hard Red Wheat Mar 2020||496.75||483.50||485.25||-0.75||484.50|
|Hard Red Wheat May 2020||504.75||492.00||493.75||-0.50||493.00|
|Hard Red Wheat Jul 2020||511.50||499.50||501.25||unch||500.50|
|Hard Red Wheat Sep 2020||518.25||507.00||508.75||0.75||508.00|
|Hard Red Wheat Dec 2020||527.75||517.00||519.00||0.75||518.50|
|Live Cattle (Pit) Feb 2020||125.78||125.78||125.78||-0.15||125.78|
|Live Cattle (Pit) Apr 2020||126.48||126.48||126.48||-0.70||126.48|
|Live Cattle (Pit) Jun 2020||118.70||118.70||118.70||-0.20||118.70|
|Feeder Cattle (Pit) Jan 2020||144.65||144.65||144.65||-0.67||144.65|
|Feeder Cattle (Pit) Mar 2020||143.73||143.73||143.73||-0.50||143.73|
|Feeder Cattle (Pit) Apr 2020||146.50||146.50||146.50||-0.25||146.50|
|Lean Hogs (Pit) Feb 2020||71.55||71.55||71.55||0.13||71.55|
|Lean Hogs (Pit) Apr 2020||78.00||78.00||78.00||0.08||78.00|
|Lean Hogs (Pit) May 2020||84.38||84.38||84.38||0.33||84.38|