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Floor Talk February 15

At the close:

At the close, the March corn futures finished 1/2¢ higher at $3.67 3/4. May futures ended 3/4¢ higher at $3.75. March soybean futures closed 7¢ higher at $10.24 1/2.  May soybean futures settled 7 1/4¢ higher at $10.35. March wheat futures ended 6¢ higher at $4.61 3/4. March soy meal futures finished $3.80 per short ton higher at $373.70. January soy oil futures closed 0.11 lower at 31.90¢ per pound.  In the outside markets, the NYMEX crude oil market is $0.88 higher, the U.S. dollar is lower, and the Dow Jones Industrials are 223 points higher.




At 8:15am:


USDA Weekly Export Sales Report released Thursday shows strong corn sales:


Wheat= 421,900 mt. vs. the trade’s estimate of between 275,000-425,000 metric tons,

Corn=   2.06 million mt. vs. the trade’s estimate of between 1,000,000-2,000,000 metric tons,

Soybeans= 837,500 mt. vs. the trade’s estimate of between 200,000-1,100,000 metric tons

Soybean meal= 210,000 mt. vs. the trade’s estimate of between150,000-450,000 metric tons.




Soybeans and grains were little changed as investors aren't sure whether prices have room to run higher. The weather is dismal in Argentina and the US southern Plains where it's dry, dry and dry. But export sales have been iffy -- they're due out at 830am in Washington today -- so it'll be interesting to see if they can perhaps top expectations thanks to the weaker dollar. Beans, corn and Chicago wheat all moved less than a penny overnight while Kansas City wheat rose 1.5 cents due to the drought in the southern Plains. In other news, ethanol production fell to the lowest since early January while stockpiles dropped to a four-week low. That's mixed news for corn producers. It's going to be extremely foggy this morning in the central Plains, making any driving ill-advised, and it remains dry in hard-red winter wheat country, as it has been for months. Get all the details in today's 3 Big Things at

Brent Crude Oil = down 0.7%.

West Texas Intermediate = down 0.2%.

Dollar = down 0.4%

Wall Street = U.S. stock futures higher in pre-market trading.

World Markets = Global stocks higher overnight.

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Frequent Contributor

Re: Floor Talk February 15

Seriously? Do you really get paid ?

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Senior Contributor

Re: Floor Talk February 15

Really? Why are you dissing the messenger. He is providing export, weather and market info. He doesn’t create and move markets. Personally I appreciate any and all info I can get. Irregardless of whether I agree with it or not. Sift through it and glean what you think is important. He could just say the heck with it and disappear.
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Veteran Advisor

Re: Floor Talk February 15

Yeah, kill the messenger.  It's like someone saying "in one hundred years you'll be dead" and getting mad at that person as if they were going to be the one who killed you.


Tony and Mike do a good job of providing information and stimulating discussion without stuffing their opinions down anyone's throat.


Maybe you have a source of other information worth our consideration.  By all means please share it and help us all out.



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Honored Advisor

Re: Floor Talk February 15

Just wondering why the "trade estimates" of export business have such a wide range.    With the "almost instant" information age, having this extremely wide range of numbers seems crazy.   Seemingly, the "trade"  is not only complacent,  they aren't very good at gathering information either.   


BTW, nothing wrong with the long as they report on both sides of the glass being half empty....or half full.  Smiley Wink

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