DTN Grain Open: Mixed as Bulls Continue Grasping at Straws

Young corn rows. ©Debra L Ferguson

6:00 a.m. CME Globex: May corn is up 3/4 cents per bushel, May soybeans are up 3 cents, and July K.C. wheat is down 3 3/4 cents.

CME Globex Recap: Equity markets will be mixed to higher Wednesday following all-time highs in U.S. benchmarks on Tuesday. Investors have taken solace in the more dovish stance from the Federal Reserve in 2019 versus the one seen in most of 2018. The performance of equities versus commodities has been nothing short of impressive, making the latter one of the cheapest asset classes available.

Grains are mixed Wednesday with more weakness for wheat while row crops attempt to bounce from Tuesday’s poor showing. Managed funds have momentum on their side, providing every reason to keep adding to their winning positions. In the short-term, our markets need a change to adverse weather or a major breakthrough in trade talks with China to turn the tide.

OUTSIDE MARKETS: Previous closes on Tuesday showed the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 145.34 at 26,656.39 and the S&P 500 up 25.71 at 2,907.97 while the 10-year Treasury yield ended at 2.57%. Early Wednesday, the June DJIA futures are up 24 points.

Asian markets are mixed with Japan’s Nikkei 225 down 59.74 (0.27%) and China’s Shanghai Composite up 3.02 points (0.09%). European markets are higher with London’s FTSE 100 down 19.82 points (0.26%), Germany’s DAX up 111.48 points (0.91%) and France’s CAC 40 up 3.84 points (0.07%).

The June euro is down 0.000 at 1.130 and the June U.S. dollar index is up 0.005 at 97.325. The June 30-year T-Bond is up 15/32nds, while June gold is up $0.60 at $1,273.80 and June crude oil is down $0.35 at $65.95. Soybeans on China’s Dalian Exchange were up 0.06% while soybean meal was down 0.32%.

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