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Can Corn Close Over Key Resistance?


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On Thursday the December corn contract tested the 50-day moving average for only the second time since mid July. The last time corn did this if failed miserably. Now that we are a little further down the road will corn be able to get up and over or will it fail again?

The corn market has traded sideways in a tight range now for over 2 months. Any attempt to break out of the range either higher or lower has been quickly thwarted. Rising yield expectations and producer selling during harvest has held corn firmly in check to the upside, but the interesting thing is that corn has not yet extended losses to the downside. Either way corn has seen very little price movement in some time.

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This can mean a few things. For one, there is a large speculative short position in corn right now and with corn prices flat lining there might be some growing impatience in the bear camp. If positions are not making money and corn has failed to extend a leg lower the shorts may give up on pushing a large position. Secondly there have been a lot of volatility sellers. This means that traders have been selling options on both sides of the market and (successfully so far) collecting premium. This drives down the price of premium and can encourage these same traders to now sell more options to get the same money and could set up a bit of a powder keg if corn were to break out of the range.

Another thing that sideways markets do is flatten out moving averages. Moving averages are considered by many to be key support or resistance points on a chart. Generally the longer term a moving average is the more significance it holds. For corn the 50-day moving average has been a brick wall for some time. Since July corn has only tested the 50-day once before and it resulted in a reversal lower day. This was a big failure at an attempt to breakout to the upside.

Now however, corn is attempting to try again. On Thursday corn did briefly get over the 50-day moving average before backing off a bit. This was not a miserable failure like we saw last time however. Now that we are further along in the harvest there may be less producer selling to put pressure on corn prices so corn may have a better shot at successfully breaking key resistance. And, with the large speculative funds (who generally follow charts closely) holding a near record short position there could be significant short covering if corn can break through chart resistance.

The next few days could be interesting for corn. There is a USDA report coming out on the 9th of October that is mostly expected to be bearish. In the mean time however it seems that corn at least wants to attempt to break out of the range to the upside. We will see if it is successful or if it fails again and continues to trade the tight range.

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DecemberCorn Daily chart:

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DecemberWheat Dailychart:

Producers looking to hedge all or a portion of their production may be rather interested in some of the options / options-futures strategies that I am currently using.

In my mind there has to be a balance. Neither technical nor fundamental analysis alone is enough to be consistent. Please give me a call for a trade recommendation, and we can put together a trade strategy tailored to your needs. Be safe!

Ted Seifried (312) 277-0113 or tseifried@zaner.com

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Ted is a Vice President at Zaner in charge of the Zaner Ag Hedge Group.  He specializes in agricultural hedging employing various strategies using futures, futures spreads, outright options and option combinations.  He believes it is paramount to be able to use different strategies to adapt to market conditions.  Ted works with large to mid size grain and livestock producers and end users in North, Central and South America.  He also writes a blog on Agweb called “The Ted Spread”, frequently posts articles on Insidefutures.com and is often quoted in Reuters and Bloomberg.  
 
Please feel free to give Ted a call at (312) 277-0113, or shoot him an email at tseifried@zaner.com

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