DTN Grain Open: Wheat Lower as Harvest Looms

Wheat harvest. Photo: Kansas State University

Pre-6 a.m. Globex Prices: July corn is up 3/4 cent per bushel, July soybeans are up 2 1/2 cents, and July KC wheat is down 6 3/4 cents.

CME Globex Recap: Grain markets are mixed with row crops higher while wheat markets stare at a second straight session of meaningful losses. Wheat seems to be feeling the looming harvest in the U.S., Europe and the Black Sea with time running out to cut any more bushels due to inclement weather.

Row crop markets are still in the first or second inning of the growing season, and the near-record short position held by managed funds in corn should underpin prices.

Equities are higher around the globe overnight, led by sharp gains in Japan and Germany with the U.S. staring at a higher start Tuesday morning. The resilience of equity prices is almost unbelievable considering the downtrodden economic data related to the global pandemic, major rioting in U.S. cities and the flaring trade tension between the U.S. and China.

The commitment by central banks around the globe to do what is necessary to support the global economy is certainly elevating equity markets. Higher energy markets with both WTI and Brent crude up nearly 2.5%. RBOB and heating oil are up 3-4%. Mostly quiet trade in both fixed income and precious metals overnight.

OUTSIDE MARKETS: Previous closes on Monday showed the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 91.91 at 25,475.02 and the S&P 500 up 11.42 at 3,044.31 while the 10-Year Treasury yield ended at 0.662%. Early Tuesday, the June DJIA futures are up 131 points.

Asian markets are higher with Japan’s Nikkei 225 up 263.22 (1.19%) and China’s Shanghai Composite up 5.97 points (0.2%). European markets are higher with London’s FTSE 100 up 49.55 points (0.8%), Germany’s DAX up 386.86 points (3.34%) and France’s CAC 40 up 85.34 points (1.79%).

The June Euro is up 0.005 at 1.120 and the June U.S. dollar index is down 0.315 at 97.505. The September 30-Year T-Bond is down 9/32nds, while August gold is up $0.40 at $1,750.70 and July crude oil is up $0.99 at $36.43. Soybeans on China’s Dalian Exchange were down 0.77% while soybean meal was down 0.11%.

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