* Wheat up more than 6 pct this week, biggest such rise in a
* Corn, soybeans gain for 2nd day on short-covering bounce
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By Naveen Thukral
SINGAPORE, Oct 14 Chicago wheat climbed for a
second session on Friday, with the market poised for its biggest
weekly gain in almost a year as strong demand prompted investors
to cover short positions.
Corn rose nearly 1 percent, adding to Thursday's 3.7-percent
rally, while soybeans were little changed after advancing more
than 1 percent the last session with gains capped by
expectations of record U.S. production.
Chicago Board of Trade most-active wheat contract has
climbed 6.2 percent this week, the most since the end of October
Corn gained 3.7 percent, the biggest weekly climb in
more than a month and soybeans were largely unchanged for
"There is ample supply of wheat, but the quality of milling
wheat is an issue," said Rajesh Singla, head of agriculture
research at Societe Generale.
"We have problems with the crop in France, Australia is
facing adverse weather and the U.S. has some dryness. U.S. wheat
market has been oversold and it is trading below the cost of
Commodity funds were net buyers of CBOT corn, wheat and
soybean futures on Thursday, traders said.
The funds have held a historically large net short position
in CBOT wheat as of Oct. 4, leaving the market vulnerable to
On Friday, wheat rose 0.7 percent to $4.19 a bushel by 0257
GMT, corn added 0.9 percent to $3.52-1/2 a bushel and soybeans
were unmoved at $9.56-1/4 a bushel.
Saudi Arabia and Egypt both announced plans to buy wheat.
Algeria announced a purchase tender earlier this week, and Syria
struck a deal to purchase 1 million tonnes of Russian wheat.
Soybean prices face resistance from a record-large U.S.
crop. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday raised its
forecast for U.S. soybean production to 4.269 billion bushels.
Grains prices at 0257 GMT
Contract Last Change Pct chg Two-day chg MA 30 RSI
CBOT wheat 419.00 3.00 +0.72% +2.89% 402.21 68
CBOT corn 352.50 3.00 +0.86% +2.03% 336.98 67
CBOT soy 956.25 0.00 +0.00% +0.21% 959.73 51
CBOT rice 10.21 -$0.02 -0.20% -1.78% $9.83 63
WTI crude 50.56 $0.12 +0.24% +0.76% $46.92 64
Euro/dlr $1.104 -$0.016 -1.39% -0.95%
USD/AUD 0.7600 0.003 +0.33% +0.24%
Most active contracts
Wheat, corn and soy US cents/bushel. Rice: USD per
RSI 14, exponential
(Reporting by Naveen Thukral; Editing by Joseph Radford)