DTN Grain Open: Mixed to Begin New Week

Barge traffic at a grain elevator on the Mississippi River. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

6:00 a.m. CME Globex: December corn is up 1/4 cent per bushel, January soybeans are up 1 1/2 cents, and December KC wheat is down 1/4 cent.

CME Globex Recap: Global equities are mixed overnight with the focus for investors this week on U.S.-China trade talks, the release of Federal Reserve meeting minutes, data on U.S. housing and Q3 earnings season wrapping up. The House of Representatives will continue their impeachment hearings this week which should distract markets from most of the aforementioned.

Grains are mixed overnight with row crops mostly higher but not straying too far from unchanged while wheat markets post small losses. Traders will continue to monitor row crop harvest, especially in the upper Midwest, although field conditions have allowed precious little combining to occur in the Dakotas and northern Minnesota.

Temperatures have not been warm enough to dry fields out, but they haven’t been cold enough to freeze the ground to support equipment. In addition, grain moisture levels have stalled out in recent days, frustrating farmers who are waiting for propane.

South American weather remains benign or even bearish, although most know the critical weather period is January through March for Brazil and Argentina.

OUTSIDE MARKETS: Previous closes on Friday showed the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 222.93 at 28,004.89 and the S&P 500 up 23.83 at 3,096.63 while the 10-Year Treasury yield ended at 1.834%. Early Monday, the December DJIA futures are up 66 points.

Asian markets are higher with Japan’s Nikkei 225 up 113.44 (0.49%) and China’s Shanghai Composite up 17.86 points (0.62%). European markets are lower with London’s FTSE 100 up 4.99 points (0.07%), Germany’s DAX down 12.87 points (-0.1%) and France’s CAC 40 down 14.39 points (-0.25%).

The December Euro is up 0.001 at 1.110 and the December U.S. dollar index is down 0.086 at 97.785. The December 30-Year T-Bond is down 6/32nds, while December gold is down $9.60 at $1,458.90 and December crude oil is down $0.02 at $57.70. Soybeans on China’s Dalian Exchange were down 0.06% while soybean meal was up 1.08%.

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