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GRAINS-Soybeans head for second straight weekly loss

SYDNEY, Feb 8 (Reuters) - U.S. soybean futures held steady on Friday, but were poised to record their second consecutive weekly loss amid concerns over a prolonged trade war between Washington and Beijing.


* The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were down nearly 0.5 percent for the week.

* The most active corn futures were little changed this week after two consecutive weekly declines.

* The most active wheat futures were down 2 percent for the week, the biggest weekly fall in seven weeks.

* Soybeans were under pressure as U.S. President Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping are unlikely to meet, dashing hopes that the two sides were progressing on a deal to end a bitter trade fight.

* Market participants were waiting for a long list of U.S. Department of Agriculture crop forecasts and estimates due on Friday after key reports were delayed due to the 35-day partial government shutdown.

* The soy harvest in Brazil's second-largest producing state of Parana is well ahead of last season, with limited damage to the fields from drought, state agricultural research body Deral said on Tuesday.


* The dollar held near a two-week high on Friday, as investors rushed to the safety of the greenback following a setback in U.S.-China trade negotiations and broader worries about slowing global growth.

* Oil markets dipped on Friday, dragged down by concerns over a global economic slowdown although supply cuts led by producer club OPEC and U.S. sanctions against Venezuela provided crude with some support.

* Wall Street stocks sank on Thursday as worries that the United States and China would not be able to reach a trade deal increased concerns about slowing global economic growth.


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Grains prices at 0219 GMT

Contract Last Change Pct chg Two-day chg MA 30 RSICBOT wheat 513.75 0.50 +0.10% -2.33% 516.93 37CBOT corn 377.50 1.00 +0.27% -0.66% 378.33 44CBOT soy 913.75 0.50 +0.05% -0.87% 912.10 45CBOT rice 10.49 -$0.02 -0.14% -0.85% $10.59 38WTI crude 52.26 -$0.38 -0.72% -3.24% $51.34 44


Euro/dlr $1.133 -$0.001 -0.05% -0.23%USD/AUD 0.7064 -0.003 -0.49% -0.55%

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

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)