BUENOS AIRES, Dec 4- Argentina's state bank has moved to bolster the country's reserves by reducing credit to soy farmers holding onto an estimated 8 million tonnes of last year's beans as a hedge against one of the world's highest inflation rates. Argentina is the No. 3 exporter of beans and the top supplier soymeal feed used to fatten up cattle and other...» Read More
*Wheat extends winning streak to five days. Wheat futures rose for the fifth day in a row on bargain buying and improving export demand. Chicago Board of Trade soybeans for August delivery fell 9-3/ 4 cents to $12.22-3/ 4 a bushel.
*Wheat falls after four-day rally. Wheat futures fell in a profit-taking setback after four straight days of gains pushed prices their highest in more than two weeks. At 10:29 a.m. CDT, Chicago Board of Trade soybeans for August delivery were down 10-1/ 2 cents at $12.22 a bushel.
*Corn posts sixth straight weekly loss. "Weather forecasts continue to trend more and more beneficial as we enter the key soy development month," said Matt Zeller, director of market information at INTL FCStone said in a note to clients.
*Corn on track for sixth straight weekly loss. Corn and soybeans fell as the weather forecast turned wetter for some of the drier areas of the U.S.
*Corn, soy, wheat all post monthly losses. "The beans firmed up due to some speculators taking advantage of the weakness earlier in light of the very strong demand we are seeing," said Terry Reilly, an analyst at Futures International in Chicago. Chicago Board of Trade soybeans for August delivery settled up 4 cents at $12.24-1/ 2 a bushel.
*Wheat flat in consolidation trading. *Corn, soy, wheat all on track for monthly losses. "The beans firmed up due to some speculators taking advantage of the weakness earlier in light of the very strong demand we are seeing," said Terry Reilly, an analyst with Futures International in Chicago.
*Wheat, corn rise from four-year lows. "The weather continues to be excellent for crop development," Sterling Smith, futures specialist at Citigroup, said in a note to clients. Chicago Board of Trade September corn futures settled 3-3/ 4 cents higher at $3.81-1/ 2 a bushel, snapping a nine-session losing streak.
*Wheat ticks up from four-year lows. "The weather continues to be excellent for crop development," Sterling Smith, futures specialist at Citigroup, said in a note to clients. At 11:24 a.m. CDT, Chicago Board of Trade September corn futures were down 1/ 4 cent at $3.78 a bushel.
Chinese importers' defaults on soybean cargos may spur debt concerns, but such defaults aren't unusual and China's soybean business has been struggling.
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Greg Smith, Group CEO, Global Commodities Ltd says that speculators are still short commodities and that investors are not picking up on the protein theme yet.
A Chinese trade delegation signed agreements with U.S. grain companies on Wednesday to buy 8.62 million metric tons of soybeans from the United States and will ink more deals on Thursday for a record-setting purchase topping 12 million metric tons.