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Ag markets moved almost universally higher Thursday

Corn futures backed away from early Thursday highs. Surging equity markets reflect renewed optimism about the global economic & political outlook, which in turn seems bullish for grain demand prospects. Corn futures rallied significantly in early morning action, but slumped in the wake of the mediocre result on the weekly USDA Export Sales report. March corn futures close 2.75 cents higher at $4.11/bushel Thursday, while July added 3.0 to $4.2625.

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Commodity markets moved mostly higher Thursday morning

Corn futures backed away from early highs. Surging equity markets reflect renewed optimism about the global economic & political outlook, which in turn seems bullish for grain demand prospects. Corn futures rallied significantly in early morning action, but have slumped a bit in the wake of the mediocre result on the weekly USDA Export Sales report. March corn futures rose 2.5 cents at $4.1075/bushel late Thursday morning, while July added 2.5 to $4.2575.

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Wheat is again leading the crop markets higher

Renewed economic optimism is boosting most markets. Concern about the global economic & political situation and underlying demand has weighed on corn futures lately. However, yellow grain prices rallied in early trading as the energy and equity sectors led markets higher. Surging wheat futures likely contributed to the corn gains. March corn futures rallied 5.25 cents at $4.135/bushel Wednesday night, while July added 5.25 to $4.285.

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Wheat continued rising Wednesday morning, while livestock fell again

Corn futures stabilized Wednesday morning. Despite current concerns about the global economic & political situation, corn futures are pretty stable. News that China is lifting its ban on Syngenta’s Viptera GMO corn is probably providing persistent support, since their ban greatly diminished U.S. corn & DDG exports early this year. The weekly EIA report looked supportive of ethanol industry demand. March corn futures inched 0.5 cent lower to $4.055/bushel late Wednesday morning, while July lost 0.5 to $4.205.

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Most ag markets remained under pressure Tuesday morning

China news probably supported corn Tuesday morning. Corn futures decline in concert with financial markets Monday night as the diving Russian ruble and depressed financial markets reflected growing concern about a global recession. However, early morning confirmation that China is lifting its ban on Syngenta’s Viptera GMO corn sparked fresh optimism about U.S. export prospects, thereby limiting CBOT losses. March corn futures slid 2.0 cents to $4.065/bushel late Tuesday morning, while July dipped 1.75 to $4.2375.

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Wheat led most crop markets higher Tuesday night

Export news is probably supporting corn prices. Despite Tuesday’s bearish market environment, corn futures firmed in response to that China is lifting its ban on Syngenta’s Viptera GMO corn. The lifting of that trader barrier to U.S. grain, as well as a sizeable South Korean import tender seemingly offered fresh support last night. March corn futures rose 3.0 cents to $4.09/bushel early Wednesday morning, while July added 2.75 to $4.2375.

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Falling financial markets are weighing on most commodities

Falling financial markets are undercutting ag commodities. Although underlying food demand seemingly remains very robust, most ag markets declined in tandem with the collapsing ruble and falling energy and equity index futures overnight. Tumbling crude quotes were thought to be depressing corn futures, since that seems likely to reduce ethanol demand. March corn futures sagged 3.0 cents to $4.055/bushel Monday night, while July slid 2.75 to $4.1975.

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