SYDNEY, Sept 30 U.S. wheat futures held steady
on Friday, but was poised to record its first monthly rise in
five months as fears over Australian production - the world's
No. 4 exporter - encouraged hopes for stronger demand for U.S.
* The most active wheat futures on the Chicago Board Of
Trade was up nearly 3 percent for the month, the first
monthly rise in five months.
* The most active soybean futures up 0.5 percent for
the month, the first monthly rise in three months.
* The most active corn futures up 4 percent for the
month, the first monthly rise in four months.
* Analysts polled by Reuters expected USDA at midday (1600
GMT) on Friday to show stocks of corn, soybeans and wheat as of
Sept. 1 larger than at the same time in 2015.
* USDA on Thursday morning reported export sales of U.S.
soybeans in the latest week at 1,692,900 tonnes, topping a range
of trade expectations for 1.1 million to 1.3 million.
* USDA on Thursday morning said that exporters reported the
sale of another 120,000 tonnes of soybeans to China for delivery
in the 2016/17 marketing year. That followed announcements of
other deals with the world's top buyer of the oilseed earlier
* USDA said export sales of corn totalled just 575,000
tonnes, below a range of trade expectations for 750,000 to
950,000 tonnes. The bearish figure hung over the corn market
throughout the trading day.
* The euro got off to an unusually quiet start in Asia on
Monday, having posted its worst weekly performance in three
months, as investors await more developments and ratings
downgrades from Europe.
* Oil edged lower in volatile trading on Friday, posting a
second consecutive weekly loss as caution about Europe's debt
crisis and year-end positioning continued to spark selling into
* A rally in U.S. stocks fizzled, leaving major indexes with
modest gains on Friday, as Wall Street was torn between hope
that U.S. economic data signals better times ahead and fear
Europe's debt crisis will engulf world economies.
DATA AHEAD (GMT)
0145 China Caixin manufacturing PMI final Sep
0600 Germany Retail sales Aug
0900 Euro zone Inflation flash Sep
0900 Euro zone Unemployment rate Aug
1230 U.S. Personal income Aug
1345 U.S. Chicago PMI Sep
Cont Last Chan Pct Two- MA RSI
ract ge chg day 30
CBOT 399. 0.25 +0.0 -1.1 408. 48
whea 25 6% 8% 10
CBOT 329. -0.2 -0.0 -0.8 332. 42
corn 00 5 8% 3% 75
CBOT 948. -2.2 -0.2 -0.4 969. 36
soy 00 5 4% 7% 03
CBOT 9.78 $0.0 +0.0 -0.0 $9.7 51
rice 1 5% 5% 9
WTI 47.7 -$0. -0.1 +1.4 $45. 63
crud 4 09 9% 7% 76
Euro $1.1 -$0. -0.1 -0.0
/dlr 21 002 3% 7%
USD/ 0.76 -0.0 -0.1 -0.9
AUD 21 01 6% 0%
(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Michael Perry)