DTN Grain Open: Weaker as Forecast Weighs

Corn field. Photo: University of Minnesota

6:00 a.m. CME Globex: December corn is down 7 1/2 cents per bushel, November soybeans are down 5 1/2 cents, and September K.C. wheat is down 4 1/4 cents.

CME Globex Recap: Equities are mixed to higher around the globe Monday morning ahead of an important week of earnings in the United States. A range of high-profile companies ranging from Amazon to Boeing to McDonald’s will offer a broad cross section of the U.S. economy and could steer sentiment heading into next week’s Federal Reserve meeting. At that meeting, markets expect benchmark interest rates to be cut at least 25 basis points up to as much as 50 basis points.

Grain markets are weaker across the board, led by corn, as it appears we will start corn pollination with mostly benign weather. Bears are quick to point out favorable pollination weather cannot offset poor conditions to-date, but this market continues to do a good job of trading the conditions directly in front of it. Traders continue to monitor trade war developments, although nothing on that front looks any more promising than it has the last six months.

OUTSIDE MARKETS: Previous closes Friday showed the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 68.77 at 27,154.20 and the S&P 500 down 18.50 at 2,995.11 while the 10-Year Treasury yield ended at 2.048%. Early Monday, the September DJIA futures are up 65 points.

Asian markets are lower with Japan’s Nikkei 225 down 50.2 (-0.23%) and China’s Shanghai Composite down 37.23 points (-1.27%). European markets are higher with London’s FTSE 100 up 36.49 points (0.49%), Germany’s DAX up 29.67 points (0.24%) and France’s CAC 40 up 10.84 points (0.2%).

The September Euro is down 0.000 at 1.130 and the September U.S. dollar index is up 0.068 at 96.885. The September 30-Year T-Bond is up 8/32nds, while August gold is down $0.70 at $1,426.00 and September crude oil is up $0.99 at $56.75. Soybeans on China’s Dalian Exchange were up 0.03% while soybean meal was -0.52%.

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