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GRAINS-Wheat, corn and soybeans subdued ahead of export news

Gus Trompiz and Colin Packham

* Wheat little changed after 2% slide on Wednesday

* Corn, soybeans also hesitant before USDA export data

* Market also awaiting U.S. harvest results

(Updates with European trading, changes byline/dateline) PARIS/SYDNEY, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Chicago wheat, corn and soybean futures were little changed on Thursday, consolidating after losses in the previous session as grain markets awaited U.S. export data for an update on overseas demand. Investors were also awaiting a clearer picture of U.S. corn and soybean harvests that are currently underway, with yields seen as hard to call due to exceptionally late planting this year. Traders were watching for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) weekly export sales report at 1230 GMT, as well as any further announcements of large individual sales of soybeans to China. A lack of competitiveness for U.S. wheat, as shown by the absence of U.S. wheat offers in an Egyptian import tender, fueled a 2% slide for Chicago futures on Wednesday. The most active wheat futures on the Chicago Board of Trade were down 0.3% at $4.87-3/4 a bushel by 1145 GMT. "U.S. wheat is uncompetitive on the international scene, particularly because of the dollar's strength against other currencies," consultancy Agritel said. CBOT soybeans were down 0.1% at $9.12-3/4 a bushel, after closing slightly lower on Wednesday. CBOT corn was also down 0.1%, at $3.87-3/4 a bushel, having closed down 1.2% in the previous session. Traders were assessing scope for more Chinese purchases of U.S. soybeans as part of goodwill gestures before high-level trade talks between Washington and Beijing. Chinese companies purchased up to 600,000 tonnes of U.S. soybeans on Monday as part of a tariff-free quota allotted to importers to buy as much as 2 million tonnes, two sources with knowledge of the deals said. "Hopes are high that China will continue buying soybeans and pork, but traders want confirmation," brokerage Allendale said. Lower than expected USDA estimates of U.S. soybean and corn stocks on Monday were also underpinning prices of the crops pending results of the U.S. harvest. Brokerage INTL FCStone on Tuesday raised its estimate of the average U.S. 2019 corn yield to 169.3 bushels per acre, from 168.4 in its previous monthly report.

Prices at 1145 GMT

Last Change Pct End Ytd PctMove 2018 MoveCBOT wheat 487.75 -1.25 -0.26 503.25 -3.08CBOT corn 387.25 -0.50 -0.13 375.00 3.27CBOT soy 912.75 -1.00 -0.11 895.00 1.98Paris wheat Dec 174.75 0.25 0.14 191.25 -8.63Paris maize Nov 164.25 -0.50 -0.30 175.25 -6.28Paris rape Nov 386.50 -0.50 -0.13 364.00 6.18WTI crude oil 52.65 0.01 0.02 45.41 15.94Euro/dlr 1.10 0.00 0.04 1.1469 -4.42

Most active contracts - Wheat, corn and soy US cents/bushel, Paris futures in euros per tonne

(Reporting by Gus Trompiz in Paris and Colin Packham in Sydney; Editing by Tom Hogue and Jan Harvey)