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GRAINS-Wheat ticks up after losses, global production outlook cap gains

SINGAPORE, April 17 (Reuters) - Chicago wheat futures edged up on Wednesday, supported as investors looked for bargains after the market dropped to a one-month low in the last session on pressure from expectations of bumper production across the northern hemisphere. Corn prices lost ground, while soybeans were unchanged in early Asian trade.


* The most-active wheat contract on the Chicago Board of Trade had climbed 0.1 percent to $4.45-1/2 a bushel by 0015 GMT, after dropping to its lowest since March 13 at $4.42 a bushel on Tuesday.

* Corn lost 0.1 percent to $3.58-3/4 a bushel, while soybeans were unchanged at $8.88 a bushel.

* The wheat market is coming under pressure as crop-friendly weather boosts crops across the northern hemisphere.

* The U.S. Department of Agriculture in a weekly report issued on Monday rated 60 percent of the U.S. winter wheat crop in good-to-excellent condition. That was unchanged from the previous week and in line with trade expectations, but up from 31 percent a year ago.

* Agriculture consultancy SovEcon has raised its forecast for Russia's 2019 wheat crop to 83.4 million tonnes from 80 million tonnes, signaling bigger supplies in the world's top exporter.

* Germany's 2019 wheat harvest will jump 20.6 percent on the year to 24.44 million tonnes with rising expectations of a recovery after the drought-reduced harvest last year, the country's association of farm cooperatives (DRV) said on Tuesday.

* Hopes for a positive outcome from U.S. trade talks are likely to aid soybean prices.

* China would likely lift a ban on U.S. poultry as part of a trade deal and may buy more pork to meet a growing supply deficit, but it is not willing to allow a prohibited growth drug used in roughly half the U.S. hog herd, two sources with knowledge of the negotiations said.

* The United States and China are trying to hammer out a deal to end a months-long trade war that has cost the world's two largest economies billions and roiled global financial markets and supply chains.


* Stocks around the globe rose on Tuesday to six-month highs as positive economic data in China and Germany boosted investor sentiment, though concerns about the impact of U.S. policy on the healthcare sector paused Wall Street's rally.


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Grains prices at 0015 GMT

Contract Last Change Pct chg Two-day chg MA 30 RSICBOT wheat 445.50 0.50 +0.11% -3.05% 458.55 31CBOT corn 358.75 -0.25 -0.07% -1.10% 366.48 39CBOT soy 888.00 0.00 +0.00% -1.20% 898.57 39CBOT rice 10.53 $0.01 +0.14% -0.24% $10.74 50WTI crude 64.36 $0.31 +0.48% +1.51% $60.68


Euro/dlr $1.128 $0.000 +0.03% -0.21%USD/AUD 0.7166 -0.001 -0.13% -0.10%

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

(Reporting by Naveen Thukral; Editing by Joseph Radford)