DTN Grain Open: Higher as Weather Delays Persist

Corn planting. Photo: University of Minnesota

6:00 a.m. CME Globex: July corn is up 1 3/4 cents per bushel, July soybeans are up 1/2 cent, and July K.C. wheat is up 5 3/4 cents.

CME Globex Recap: Weaker equity markets around the globe Thursday morning as trade war fears persist and a slew of weak economic data out of Europe was released overnight. Weak energy markets are not supportive either as crude oil hits the lowest price overnight since early May as U.S. stockpiles are now the highest since July of 2017.

Ag markets on the other hand are higher across the board Thursday morning, led by wheat, as fears persist over a loss of yield and quality in the southern plains and mid-south. Additional rains are moving across the central and Eastern Corn Belt Thursday morning with multiple rounds expected from one end of the Corn Belt to the other through the Memorial Day weekend.

Minimal planting progress is expected which could produce even larger deficits relative to average on next week’s crop progress reports.

OUTSIDE MARKETS: Previous closes on Wednesday showed the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 100.72 at 25,776.61 and the S&P 500 down 8.09 at 2,864.36 while the 10-Year Treasury yield ended at 2.393%. Early Thursday, the June DJIA futures are down 250 points.

Asian markets are lower with Japan’s Nikkei 225 down 132.23 (-0.62%) and China’s Shanghai Composite down 39.19 points (-1.36%). European markets are lower with London’s FTSE 100 down 95.29 points (-1.3%), Germany’s DAX down 217.07 points (-1.78%) and France’s CAC 40 down 89.66 points (-1.67%).

The June Euro is down 0.003 at 1.120 and the June U.S. dollar index is up 0.209 at 98.090. The June 30-Year T-Bond is up 21/32nds, while June gold is up $1.30 at $1,275.50 and July crude oil is down $1.04 at $60.38. Soybeans on China’s Dalian Exchange were down -0.11% while soybean meal was down -0.07%.

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