DTN Grain Open: Markets Stabilize Following Coronavirus-Led Selloff

Mississippi River Port - Rosedale, Mississippi ©Debra L Ferguson

6:00 a.m. CME Globex: March corn is up 1/4 cent per bushel, March soybeans are up 1 cent, and May KC wheat is down 3/4 cent.

CME Globex Recap: Global equities are following through with weakness from Monday, although U.S. futures are stabilizing much better than most countries. When the dust settled, equities saw their worst single-day performance in over two years as the VIX S&P 500 volatility index spiked to a 14-month high at 26.35%.

Coronavirus spreading in Italy sparked the selloff yesterday but overnight Japan is issuing warnings that it is on the brink of rapid expansion of the virus and has urged companies to adopt remote working and encourage online meetings to help stop the spread.

Global growth fears were bad enough when China was the primary concern but if other developed nations are thrown into the mix, 2020 global growth could be in real jeopardy.

Grains are mixed overnight as most contracts battle on either side of unchanged. Fortunately, prices are stabilizing after the selloff Monday, possibly signaling the worst is over. February insurance pricing will be completed this week with traders then looking forward to the March slate of USDA reports and extended weather forecasts for U.S. spring.

OUTSIDE MARKETS: Previous closes on Monday showed the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 1,031.61 at 27,960.80 and the S&P 500 down 111.86 at 3,337.75 while the 10-Year Treasury yield ended at 1.377%. Early Tuesday, the March DJIA futures are up 60 points.

Asian markets are lower with Japan’s Nikkei 225 down 781.33 (-3.34%) and China’s Shanghai Composite down 18.18 points (-0.6%). European markets are lower with London’s FTSE 100 down 55.63 points (-0.78%), Germany’s DAX down 110.05 points (-0.84%) and France’s CAC 40 down 51.64 points (-0.89%).

The March Euro is down 0.001 at 1.080 and the March U.S. dollar index is down 0.019 at 99.265. The March 30-Year T-Bond is up 13/32nds, while April gold is down $24.80 at $1,651.80 and April crude oil is down $0.16 at $51.27. Soybeans on China’s Dalian Exchange were down 0.33% while soybean meal was down 1.03%.

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