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.» Read More
*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.
Chicago Board of Trade soft red winter wheat has risen in four out of the last five trading sessions and was on track for a weekly gain of 3.6 percent " Chicago futures are moving through resistance as managed funds cover short positions," Sterling Smith, futures specialist at Citigroup, said in a note to clients.
*Containers cheap to Asia due to its consumer goods exports. LONDON, Feb 14- Food importers in Asia are switching from dry bulk cargo ships to container vessels, which normally carry goods such as toys and TVs, as they offer a way to import smaller amounts and can be cheaper per tonne.
CHICAGO, Feb 5- U.S. grain futures edged higher on Wednesday on technical buying, while profit-taking pushed soybean meal futures down sharply after a rally in the previous session. U.S. soymeal has been in demand as output has slowed from Argentina, the world's top supplier of the livestock feed.
CHICAGO, Feb 5- Profit-taking pushed U.S. corn and soybean meal futures lower on Wednesday as the markets pulled back from rallies the previous session. U.S. soymeal has been in demand as output has slowed from Argentina, the world's top supplier of the livestock feed.
Front-month natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 41.2 cents, or 8.4 percent, to $5.317 per million British thermal units by 3:34 p.m. EST.
BUENOS AIRES, Jan 22- Argentine soy farmers have lost faith in the country's currency and are hoarding beans even as prices are expected to be weighed down over the months ahead by heavy global supply. The spot price of soy in grains hub Rosario is $325 per tonne, way above the $288 for beans to be delivered in May.
NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. natural gas futures jumped more than 5 percent on Wednesday as frigid temperatures pushed prices to a 2-1/ 2- year high, while crude oil rose nearly 2 percent and soybeans recovered from a two-month low on bargain hunting.
Argentina is the world's top exporter of soymeal and soyoil as well as its third biggest soybean and corn supplier at a time of booming international food demand.
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*Credit Suisse fund tops 2013 Lipper league table. LONDON, Jan 15- Commodity fund managers are betting a pick-up in economic growth will lead to improved price performance in 2014 after a terrible year in which just two actively managed funds in the Lipper Global Commodity sector made money.
*Corn dips on profit taking. Corn futures closed lower, with traders noting a round of profit-taking after two straight days of gains pushed prices to a three-week high on Monday. Wheat notched the biggest gains, led by a 2 percent jump in KCBT hard red winter wheat.
*Ample corn supply back in focus after rally on USDA data. *Wheat rebound stalls, also pressured by large supply. "Corn has cooled quickly following the bullish USDA surprise and a 20- cent gift," Matt Zeller, director of marketing information at INTL FCStone, said in a note to clients.
*Egypt purchase buoys wheat market. *Soybeans firm on strong USDA export inspections. *Corn closes firm after early weakness.
Wheat rebounded from a drop to 3-1/ 2 year lows that came after a closely watched U.S. Agriculture Department report on Friday said that domestic and global supplies were bigger than expected.
Corn and soybean futures also rose as traders evened up positions ahead of key U.S. Department of Agriculture crop reports due out on Friday. Overnight lows fell to minus 5 to minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit across southern Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and northern Kentucky- big soft red winter wheat country, where much of the area was unprotected by snow cover.
CHICAGO, Jan 6- U.S. grain futures rose on Monday as bitterly cold temperatures threatened to damage dormant wheat crops in the United States and a heatwave put Argentina's corn harvest at risk.
CHICAGO, Jan 3- The price of distillers' dried grain has slid 20 percent in a week as U.S. exporters shied away from selling the corn-based feed grain to its top customer China after Beijing rejected shipments containing an unapproved GMO corn strain.
Rains in Argentina expected to bolster corn, soy crops. Corn and wheat also fell at the Chicago Board of Trade, with wheat setting life-of-contract lows. Soybeans declined as rains fell in parts of Argentina, where soy and corn crops have been in need of moisture.
*Rains in Argentina expected to bolster corn, soy crops. Corn firmed on short covering and spreading against soybeans but wheat sagged under the weight of plentiful global supplies, with values on the Chicago Board of Trade setting life-of-contract lows. Soybeans declined as rains fell in parts of Argentina, where soy and corn crops have been in need of moisture.