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Grains Deal With Fear Ahead Of Reports

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Good Morning! From Allendale, Inc. with the early morning commentary for January 11, 2018.

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Grain Markets are testing support levels as traders consider the what ifs. Can USDA give us a really bearish report? Weather forecasts for South America are providing a 75 to 85% rain coverage this weekend which would be beneficial for growing crops. Historically grains have a tendency to expand their trading ranges after the release of the January reports.

Weekly Export Sales will be released at 7:30 this morning. Trade estimates are: wheat 250,000 to 450,000 tonnes, corn 350,000 to 650,000 tonnes, soybeans 500,000 to 850,000 tonnes, soymeal 75,000 to 250,000 and soyoil 8,000 to 22,000 tonnes.

CONAB, Brazils Agriculture Agency will release 2018 production estimates this morning. USDA will release reports on Friday morning at 11:00 am CST.

Ethanol production for the period of December 29 January 5, totaled 996,000 barrels per day. That was 5.1% under last year in the same week. Year to date production pace is still very strong at 3.4% over last year, which is over USDAs most recent whole-year goal of +1.6%. USDA could still increase its corn for ethanol goal on Friday.

US Ending Stocks for the January Supply and Demand report could provide the largest surprise to traders. Average estimates are .959 billion bushels for wheat, 2.431 billion bushels for corn, and .472 billion bushels for soybeans. Allendales Rich Nelson suggests ending stocks for soybeans could be a surprise due to the poor export sales pace. USDA could also could adjust corn stocks due to export, ethanol demand, yields and/or harvested acreage.

Winter Wheat Seedings are estimated at 31.107 million acres which is almost 1.5 million acres less than last year.

Funds were thought to have been net sellers in soybeans of 9,000 contracts on Wednesday. They were net sellers of 2,000 corn and net buyers of 2,500 contracts in wheat.

Economic Traders will be watching for the results of Jobless Claims and PPI later this morning. Friday morning also has traders expectations looking for more positive news from several eco reports.

Fed Cattle Exchange auction offered 711 head yesterday of which 401 sold at 119.00. Cash cattle trade is mostly finished for the week with 120 paid by packers.

Goldman Roll is winding down however bear spreading the February contract is still in play.

February live cattle should find support at 115.00 level with resistance near 120.00. The discount of futures to cash should become more of a factor when the roll is complete.

Lean hog futures were hit with profit taking and technical selling on Wednesday. The large outside day reversal pattern on the chart becomes import to the keep the prices moving higher. Support in the Feb contract is near 71.00 with resistance at 73.67, Wednesdays high.

Dressed beef values were lower with choice down .43 and select down .46. The CME Feeder Index is 151.57. Pork cutout value is down .08.

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Paul Georgy serves as president/CEO of Allendale, Inc., a worldwide agricultural advisory and research firm that provides agricultural commodity price research and risk management alternatives for producers, major food companies, international corporations, foreign governments, and major news vendors.

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