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CORN (December)

Session Close: December corn futures closed 2 cents higher yesterday, trading in a range of four cents. Funds were estimated to have been buyers of 5,000 contracts.

Fundamentals: Corn managed to trade higher yesterday on some concerns over the back half of harvest. Weather has been less than ideal for the areas that are lagging the five-year average with rain, wind, and snow adding some stress to an already stressful time of year. Yesterdays weekly ethanol report from the EIA showed ethanol production rose by 17,000 barrels per day but total stocks were up 400,000 to 21.5 million barrels. Export sales this morning came in at 811,400 metric tons, this compares with the expected range from 800,000-1,100,000 metric tons. FCStone released their yield estimates yesterday and have the corn pegged at 173.7 well above the 162.8 they had published in August. Informa Economics will be releasing their estimates today

Technicals: Yesterdays price action was very constructive as the market managed to make a second higher low from the August 12th low. If the bulls can achieve a close back above the 50-day moving average a post a second higher high above 355 , we could see funds start to cover. Whether you are a bull or a bear, you have an opportunity here as we linger in the middle of a well-defined trading range which means well defined risk. We are shifting our bias from bearish to neutral and would not be opposed to looking long so long as yesterdays lows can hold. We will need to see more confirmation to change that to outright bullish. When we talk with clients about picking bottoms we often tell them that the only thing you get from that is stinky fingers and that it is a process and not a point. This chart is starting to show some value.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance: 351 **, 355***, 360-362***, 372-375**

Support: 342 -344 **, 334-335 ***

SOYBEANS (November)

Session Close: November soybean futures closed 6 cents higher yesterday, trading in a range of 11 cents on the session. Funds were estimated buyers of 6,000 contracts.

Fundamentals: Yesterdays crush report came in at 145.37 million bushels, this was in line with the consensus from analysts which is up just over.......

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Oliver Sloup is Vice President of Blue Line Futures, a leading futures and commodities brokerage firm located at the Chicago Board of Trade. Blue Line Futures mission is to put the customer first, and that means bringing YOU the best customer service, consistent and reliable research and state of the art technology.  Oliver has been a guest on CNBC and Bloomberg, among others.  Oliver has over a decade of trading experience. Prior to Blue Line Futures, Oliver worked as the Director of Managed Futures at iiTRADER.



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