GRAINS-Soybeans poised for fifth straight weekly gain

SYDNEY, Sept 22 (Reuters) - U.S. soybeans were little changed on Friday, but were on track for a fifth straight weekly gain as strong demand for U.S. supplies underpins gains.


* The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were up nearly 0.5 percent for the week, taking gains to more than 4 percent over the past five weeks.

* The most active corn futures were down nearly 1.5 percent for the week, the second straight weekly loss.

* The most active wheat futures were up nearly 1 percent for the week, extending two-week gains to more than 3 percent.

* Wheat was supported as excessive rains in Argentina have threatened yield prospects, while Australia's crop has suffered from persistent dryness in the east.

* The USDA reported export sales of U.S. soybeans in the latest week at more than 2.3 million tonnes, topping a range of trade estimates for 1.2 million to 1.5 million tonnes.

* USDA said private exporters sold 132,000 tonnes of U.S. soybeans to China.


* The dollar weakened against a basket of currencies on Thursday, pulling back from a more than two-week peak as bets stoked by the Federal Reserve signalling it may raise interest rates in December abated.

* Oil prices held steady in early Asian trade on Friday as the market waited to see whether major oil producers would extend supply cuts beyond March at a meeting in Vienna later in the day.

* U.S. stock indexes slipped on Thursday as investors braced for a third interest rate hike this year and the United States ordered new sanctions against North Korea.


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Grains prices at 0054 GMT

Contract Last Change Pct chg Two-day chg MA 30 RSI CBOT wheat 452.50 0.00 +0.00% +0.61% 442.05 71 CBOT corn 350.25 0.00 +0.00% +0.07% 357.13 55 CBOT soy 970.75 0.00 +0.00% +0.08% 951.45 67 CBOT rice 12.73 $0.02 +0.16% -0.59% $12.70 55 WTI crude 50.60 $0.05 +0.10% +0.38% $48.31 70


Euro/dlr $1.194 $0.000 +0.02% +0.42% USD/AUD 0.7909 -0.002 -0.28% -1.52%

Most active contracts Wheat, corn and soy US cents/bushel. Rice: USD per hundredweight RSI 14, exponential

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Richard Pullin)