Ag Markets Update: November 14 – 20
This week’s gains follow on the news from the USDA report from last week, as well as continued export sales. As we have seen from the last two pullbacks in the chart below, corn has bounced back and reached new contract highs this week. US corn is still cheap on the world stage so we should not struggle to find countries wanting to buy from us. Exports have slowed but are still consistent and strong, putting us in a much better position this year than we were this time last year. There was some pullback from the highs as there was profit taking from the funds even though they still are very long. Corn and beans have been moving very similarly as you can see from the two charts, and we expect this to continue as the underlying fundamentals moving the markets are the same with exports and South America weather.
Soybeans saw another positive week as they move for similar reasons as corn. Beans traded up over $11.85 but have fallen back from those levels the past couple of days. Central Brazil’s weather remains good as planting was 67% complete and making progress. Southern Brazil and Argentina still have a dry outlook, despite getting more rain than expected this week. Looking forward to next week, we’re expecting some more strong rain, but the promise is still slightly too far out to be confident in. Exports continue their strong run as we expect them to into the new year. World bean, bean oil and other oils (palm oil, etc) all have very strong prices. With such a broad demand strength this is supportive for beans as well. The bulls have all the factors on their side from fundamental to technical which is why we have seen some crazy intraday ranges.
The Dow flirted with 30,000 this week but did not get over the hump and has since drawn. More positive Covid-19 vaccine news came out this week with another potentially 90% effective vaccine being announced for roll out. As Joe Biden begins filling seats in his cabinet-to-be, along with the senate race in Georgia, those will be the political market movers for the time being.