GRAINS-Wheat firms as adverse U.S. weather supports

SYDNEY, March 5 (Reuters) - U.S. wheat futures rose on Monday, rebounding from the previous session's 3 percent drop, as adverse weather across a key producing region was set to chimp production.


* The most active wheat futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were up 0.6 percent to $5.03 a bushel by 0150 GMT, after closing down 3 percent on Friday, when prices also hit a high of $5.18-1/2 a bushel - the highest since July 2017.

* The most active soybean futures were up 0.1 percent to $10.72-1/4 a bushel, having firmed 0.3 percent on Friday.

* The most active corn futures were unchanged at$3.85-1/4, having closed down 0.3 percent in the previous session.

* Wheat had drawn support early last week amid concerns about adverse weather across a key U.S. producing region.

* The U.S. Department of Agriculture early on Friday said that private exporters reported a sale of 198,000 tonnes of soybeans to China, the second day in a row a sale to the world's biggest buyer of the oilseed has been announced.

* Crop conditions for drought-battered corn and soybeans in Argentina worsened this week and ratings among the top three provinces are now on average about 23 percentage points lower than a month ago.

* Private analytics firm Informa Economics on Friday cut its forecast for Argentina's 2017/2018 soybean harvest by 7 million tonnes to 44 million tonnes.

* It also lowered its estimate of the country's 2017/18 corn production to 33.5 million tonnes from 37 million tonnes.


* The euro gave up early gains and dipped in early Monday trade as exit polls in Italian elections pointed to a stronger-than-expected showing for the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, although it is falling short of an absolute majority.

* Oil prices rose early on Monday ahead of a meeting between OPEC and U.S. shale firms in Houston, raising expectations that oil producers would discuss further how to clear a global oil glut.


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Grains prices at 0150 GMT

Contract Last Change Pct chg Two-day chg MA 30 RSI CBOT wheat 503.00 3.00 +0.60% -2.42% 468.18 72 CBOT corn 385.25 0.00 +0.00% -0.26% 372.17 68 CBOT soy 1072.25 1.25 +0.12% +0.40% 1021.31 85 CBOT rice 12.51 $0.04 +0.36% +0.08% $12.45 57 WTI crude 61.66 $0.41 +0.67% +1.10% $62.85 47


Euro/dlr $1.233 $0.002 +0.12% +0.53% USD/AUD 0.7761 0.000 -0.01% +0.09%

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

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)