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AUDIO: Market Commentary with Daily Brokers

AUDIO: Market Commentary with Daily Brokers


Market Recap 7-10

It has been an interesting week in the markets. For the outside equities the sky seemed the limit coming into the week. By weeks end everything outside of technology is yielding to the market bears. The NASDAQ continues to post record highs while the S&P 500 and DOW Jones slide slowly away from theirs.  In the macro picture traders are still nervous about the mounting corona virus outbreak. There is plenty of positive data, but the headlines continue to read doom and gloom. Thursday the weekly jobless claims came in at 1.31 million. That was below analyst expectations and the 14th week of continued declines, but now nearly 50 million Americans have filed for unemployment. It will be interesting to see how this report changes as states like Nebraska start to change the unemployment requirements back towards pre-covid.  Tuesday the JOLTS job report showed the US had 5.4 million job openings in May. That was up from the expected 4.9 million.

Investors are hedging their bet and putting money back into safe havens. The interesting thing is the US Dollar is not being bought like it was earlier in the year. On Wednesday the US Dollar dropped 0.45%. Precious metals and US Treasuries were then the favored safe haven. August Gold is traded near it’s contract high above $1,822/ounce. After an auction the US ten year treasury yield has also dropped to nearly 0.60%. It should be pointed out that gold became a favorite following the selloff in the European equities. Coming into the end of the week traders are now back to favoring the US Dollar with it gaining over 0.35% on Thursday. It appears the Gold hit technical points of resistance and money started to move out back into the dollar.

Up to Thursday the lower dollar helped to keep energy bulls in the hunt. Then WTI crude oil futures broke below $40/barrel. The latest stocks and production numbers though are not that great. Crude oil stocks on Wednesday grew 5.7 million barrels to 539.2 million barrels. Excluding the strategic petroleum reserve that is about 18% higher than year ago levels.

For the week ending July 3 EIA data shows ethanol production increased 1.6%, or 14,000 barrels per day (b/d), to 914,000 b/d. Production is in 12.7% below the same week in 2019. Ethanol stocks bounced higher for the first time in eleven weeks, expanding 2.3% to 20.6 million barrels and 10.4% below year-ago volumes.
The volume of gasoline supplied to the U.S. market, a measure of implied demand, grew 2.4% to 8.766 million b/d.  Gasoline demand was 10.1% lower than a year ago. While lower than a year ago, this data shows that the holiday driving was fairly strong over Independence day.


Grains have traded weather heavily this week. First is started off dry and no relief in sight. Mid week there was a chance, but going into Thursday morning the rain that did develop wasn’t enough to scare the weather bulls. Ending the week will be a different ball game though as the WASDE report is released at 11 AM CDT. Analysts ahead of the report expect trend  line yields for corn and soybeans are expected to rise, but with reduced acres overall harvest size is expected to drop. Ending stocks are expected to rise slightly across all grains. For the 20/21 marketing year corn is now backing away from the 3 billion bushel mark.

The latest crop progress report from NASS rated the national corn crop at 71% good to excellent. That is 2% lower than the previous report, but 14% higher than a year ago. Soybeans are the best they’ve looked in early July since 1999 at 71% good to excellent. That was unchanged week to week.

Wheat was given a boost when the French Ag ministry lowered the country’s wheat crop to 31.3 MMT. That is lower than USDA’s estimate of 33.8 MMT in June and last year’s 41.1 MMT. The US did miss out on Egypt’s latest tender for wheat. Russia was the winning bidder selling 230,000 MT for $218.80-$218.90/MT. That undercuts US wheat by about $20-$30/MT at the Gulf.

USDA flash sales started the week strong with China and Mexico buying corn and soybeans. China purchased 264,000 MT of soybeans for the 2019/2020 marketing year. China purchased 202,000 MT  for the 2020/2021 marketing year. Mexico purchased 182,880 MT of corn split between the 2020/2021 & 2021/2022 marketing year. There have been no other flash sales so far this week.

The latest USDA export sales report for the week ending July 2nd was mixed. Wheat net sales compared relatively close to previous weeks at 326,100 MT. Exports of wheat were 410,100 MT. Mexico was the top destination. Taking in over 25% of total exports. Corn net sales were up 66% at 599,200 MT for the 19/20 marketing year. China was the top buyer at 407,200 MT. Exports of corn notched another week at over a million metric tons, but was still down 25% from the previous week. Mexico was the top destination for US corn at 358,500 MT. China dominated all segments of sorghum exports with net sales of 50,900 MT and taking delivery of 51,100 MT. Soybean net sales were up noticeably from the previous week at 952,200 MT. China was the top buyer at 461,400 MT. Soybean exports were up 20% at 467,500 MT. Mexico was the top destination at 144,200 MT. China was a distant third.

The latest USDA grain export inspections were delayed until early afternoon on Monday due to technical difficulties. Overall the report held few surprises. Corn exports fell below a million metric tons. That widens the deficit corn is running with the previous marketing year. Sorghum also fell sharply to just over 50,000 MT. Year to date though sorghum is running almost 3 million metric tons more than a year ago. Soybean exports were strong over 500,000 MT.

Export business for US grains has been decent in 2019/2020. US soybean export commitments are 254.8 million bushels. That is up 180% from a year ago.  South American grain exports though continue to grow rather than shrink. Brazil exported a record 505.1 million bushels in June vs. 314.1 million bushels last year. Argentinian and Brazilian FOB corn offers are $4-$15 cheaper per metric ton than US corn at the Gulf.

Livestock futures trended higher most of the week. Traders are cautious to take up to short of a position ahead of Friday and the latest WASDE report. That will help shed light on the latest protein demand trends. Going into the report though the load movement is starting to slow. On Wednesday midday pork was a sluggish 170 loads. Just a week ago it was nearly 400 loads. For cattle cash continues to develop firm to stronger. That could create follow through support later this week.   As for pork traders they are expecting to see a significant increase in Chinese export business. China suspended imports from two more Brazilian meat plants on Monday. The suspension comes over corona virus concerns. Reports indicate that recent mass testing in Brazil revealed more than 1,000 positive corona virus cases at meat plants in Mato Grosso do Sul. Stone X analysts point out that the Chinese government continues to limit the sources of meat that can be imported over fears that the corona virus will be carried into the country on the meat, even though literally tens of thousands of tests of such meat in recent weeks have failed to produce a single positive test result.

The latest export sales report from USDA confirmed China was a large buyer and destination of US pork. Pork net sales were 31,500 MT. That was down 20% from the previous week. Mexico was the top buyer at 9,100 MT. China was a close second at 8,100 MT. Pork exports were up 8% at at 33,500 MT. China was the top destination at 12,700 MT. Mexico was a close second at 10,300 MT.

Beef net sales were uneventful and down 23% from the previous week at 9,500 MT. Japan and South Korea were the top buyers at 2,900 MT and 2,300 MT respectively. Beef exports were up 3% at 15,100 MT. South Korea was the top destination at 4,500 MT

A very light trade in parts of the North on Thursday at generally steady money with the rest of this week’s business. The South only saw a little scattered trade here and there. A regional did light business in Nebraska, at $157, $3 higher than last week’s weighted average.  On Monday Kansas trade was marked at $93 to $95, Nebraska also reported just a handful of trade at $160. Show lists this week are higher in Kansas, somewhat higher in Texas and lower in Colorado and Nebraska.

The Fed Cattle Exchange Auction today listed a total of 1,390 head, with 659 actually sold, 731 head listed as unsold, and 0 head listed as PO (Passed Offer). The state by state breakdown looks like this: KS 1,048 total head, with 659 head sold at $95.00-$95.25, 389 head unsold; NE 123 total head, all went unsold; TX 219 total head, all went unsold. The delivery date/weighted averages breakdown is as listed: 1-9 day delivery: 643 head total, 509 head sold, with a weighted average price of $95.16; 1-17 day delivery 747 head total, 150 head sold, with a weighted average price of $95.00.

Expected Slaughter numbers Friday


120,000 hd today 109,000 hd wk ago 117,059 hd yr ago


69,000 hd Sat. 1,000 hd wk ago 64,859 hd yr ago


468,000 hd today 204,000  hd wk ago 460,276 hd yr ago


276,000 hd Sat. 4,000 hd wk ago 38,552 hd yr ago


Midday Carcass Value Friday


Choice up 1.17 204.76

Select  dn 0.91 193.92

C/S Spread 10.84

Loads 56


Carcass up 4.01 71.13

Bellies up 2.24 106.19

Loads 214


Grains Settlement

  • Corn dn 6 12 – 12 1/4
  • Soybeans dn 6 3/4 – 10 3/4
  • Chicago Wht up 2 – 9 1/2
  • Kansas City Wht dn3 – 4 3/4

Livestock Settlement

  • Live Cattle up 0.70 – 0.95
  • Feeder Cattle up 1.12 – 1.42
  • Lean Hogs dn 0.82 up 0.12
  • Class III Milk up 0.03 – 0.76

Pre-Opening Market Broker Commentary

Mark Gold, Top Third Ag Marketing, discusses overnight grains and what the trade may see today. China made a big buy of corn. It is WASDE report day and there is a lot of directions it could go.

Jerry Stowell, Country Futures,  looks at what may impact the livestock futures today. Fed cattle supplies are becoming more current.

Mike Zuzolo, Global Commodity Analytics, takes a look at the midday trade. The WASDE report is out, but weather is starting to occupy traders mindset again.

John Payne, Daniels Ag Marketing, looks at the grain settlements. The WASDE did not help corn from a global perspective. Payne believes American production will have to address how it plans to handle rising global production.

Jack Fenske, York Commodities, looks at the closing market numbers.

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