*Wheat gains on weather concerns, exports. CHICAGO, April 17- U.S. wheat futures firmed on Thursday, supported by short-covering, concerns that a recent cold snap in key growing areas damaged some of the crop and worries that grain shipments from the Black Sea could be disrupted by political unrest in Ukraine, traders said.» Read More
Wheat for July delivery fell 15 cents to $6.95 a bushel. Corn edged down 6 cents to $4.98 a bushel. May silver rose 15 cents to $19.63 an ounce, May copper rose 4 cents to $3.03 a pound and June palladium rose $6.40 to $802.30 an ounce.
*Corn dips on forecasts for improved U.S. planting weather. "It has been an exciting week thus far for soybeans, and for the old-crop new-crop spreads in particular," Matt Zeller, director of market information at INTL FCStone said in a note to clients.
*Concerns about Ukraine unrest buoy wheat futures. Wheat futures gained 3.4 percent, surging through the $7- a-bushel level, on fears that escalating political tensions in Ukraine would disrupt shipments of the grain from the key exporter. "The market last week was compressed on the China default news," said Dan Cekander, grains analyst with Newedge USA.
*Concerns about Ukraine unrest buoy wheat futures. Wheat futures gained 2.3 percent, supported by concerns escalating political tensions in Ukraine would disrupt shipments of the grain from the key exporter. "The market last week was compressed on the China default news," said Dan Cekander, grains analyst with Newedge USA.
Chinese importers' defaults on soybean cargos may spur debt concerns, but such defaults aren't unusual and China's soybean business has been struggling.
*Supply disruptions in agriculture boost returns. LONDON, April 10- Commodity funds bounced in the first quarter from a 2013 loss, with the top performers in the Lipper Global Commodity group racking up double-digit returns after rallies in agriculture, natural gas and nickel.
*Processors losing $80- $100/ T crushing beans. By Naveen Thukral and Niu Shuping. SINGAPORE/ BEIJING, April 10- Chinese importers have defaulted on at least 500,000 tonnes of U.S. and Brazilian soybean cargoes worth around $300 million, the biggest in a decade, as buyers struggle to get credit amid losses in processing beans.
SINGAPORE/ BEIJING, April 10- Chinese importers have defaulted on at least 500,000 tonnes of U.S. and Brazilian soybean cargoes worth around $300 million, as they struggle to get credit due to losses in processing beans, trade sources said on Thursday.
*Wheat falls, finds support at 20- day moving average. "The U.S. Agriculture Department did nothing yesterday to dispel notions that U.S. old crop supplies are tight, requiring higher prices to discourage demand and encourage imports and early harvest of 2014 fields," Farm Futures analyst Bryce Knorr said in a note to clients.
BEIJING, March 21- China's soybean imports are expected to reach a record 66-67 million tonnes over the 2013/ 14 marketing year, up 13 percent year on year, a senior executive with the country's state-owned grain reserve company said on Friday.
BEIJING, March 20- A leading Chinese soy buyer is trying to resell cargoes set to be exported from South America in April and May as bird flu outbreaks reduce demand, hoping that the United States will take the shipments, said an executive at the firm.
*Wheat rebounds on concerns about U.S. crop, Ukraine. CHICAGO, March 11- U.S. wheat futures rallied 2.9 percent to their highest level in more than four months on Tuesday, supported by concerns that political unrest in Ukraine will disrupt exports and worries about dry soils limiting U.S. production, traders said.
*Wheat, corn rebound after drop following USDA report. *Wheat also supported by U.S. crop concerns. USDA's weekly state crop reports issued late on Monday showed wheat condition ratings improved in Kansas and Texas but declined in Oklahoma.
*Profit-taking noted after USDA supply view tops expectations. *China concerns add to pressure on soybeans. Corn futures also sagged, dropping 2.6 percent from the six-month high hit last week, after USDA raised the global supply view.
*Traders squaring positions ahead of USDA supply-demand report. At 9:42 a.m. CDT, Chicago Board of Trade May soybean futures were down 14-1/ 2 cents at $14.43-1/ 4 a bushel. CBOT May corn was down 3 cents at $4.86 a bushel and CBOT May soft red winter wheat was 2 cents lower at $6.52 a bushel.
SHANGHAI, March 8- China's imports of major commodities posted strong double-digit gains in February from a year earlier, official data showed on Saturday, illustrating apparently vibrant demand even though underlying consumption has been weak.
*Crop expectations for Brazil, Argentina fall. Corn received further support from the uncertainty over unrest in Ukraine, hitting its highest on a continuous basis since mid-September.
*Wheat, corn markets stabilize on easing of Ukraine tensions. Corn and wheat futures also advanced, with the market stabilizing as the threat of military violence in Ukraine, a key producer and exporter of both commodities, eased.
*Adverse weather hits Brazil, Argentina soybean output. CHICAGO, Feb 18- U.S. soybean futures surged to a five-month high on Tuesday on robust demand and concerns about smaller crops in key exporters Brazil and Argentina due to adverse weather.
*Soybeans fall after hitting highest since September. "Chicago futures are moving through resistance as managed funds cover short positions," Sterling Smith, futures specialist at Citigroup, said in a note to clients. Corn also firmed, supported by strong export demand and bargain buying after early weakness pushed prices near their weekly lows.