November 27, 2019 / 3:55 AM / 11 days ago

GRAINS-U.S. soybeans snap losing streak, S.American competition caps gains

    * Chicago soybean futures recover after five sessions of losses
    * Stiff competition from South American suppliers trims gains

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    By Naveen Thukral
    SINGAPORE, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Chicago soybeans gained ground on Wednesday,
with bargain-buying underpinning prices after five consecutive sessions of
decline to a two-month low, although stiff competition from South America
limited gains.
    The most-active soybean contract on the Chicago Board Of Trade (CBOT)
was up 0.2% at $8.85-3/4 a bushel, as of 0329 GMT. In the previous session, the
contract hit $8.83 a bushel, its weakest since Sept. 27.
    Wheat gained 0.1% to $5.31-1/2 a bushel after closing marginally lower
on Tuesday, while corn was flat at $3.67-1/2 a bushel.
    Chinese buyers scooped up at least 20 cargoes of Brazilian soybeans last
week as uncertainty over a trade deal with the United States sent them rushing
to lock in supplies, traders said on Monday.
    Improving South American crop weather also weighed on futures by bolstering
soy production prospects for Brazil and Argentina.
    The United States and China are close to agreement on the first phase of a
trade deal, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, after top negotiators
from the two countries spoke by telephone and agreed to keep working on
remaining issues.
    China is the world's biggest soybean importer and the United States has lost
business since the trade dispute started last year. 
    "A U.S. China trade deal might be the opportunity for a thaw once/whence
U.S. beans are able to make their way into China in greater volumes," said Tobin
Gorey, director of agricultural strategy at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
    Brazilian corn exports are forecast to reach a record 41 million tonnes in
2019, according to grain exporter group Anec, bolstered by a weaker local
currency and favourable Chicago prices after bad weather affected the U.S. crop.
    If confirmed, Brazilian exports will have grown by 80% from last year's
level of 22.8 million tonnes, according to Anec data. The previous Brazilian
corn export record was set in 2015, when the country shipped 30.7 million
tonnes, Anec said.
    Commodity funds were net sellers of CBOT corn, soybean, soymeal and soyoil
futures contracts on Tuesday and net even in wheat futures, traders said.

    
 Grains prices at 0329 GMT
 Contract    Last    Change  Pct chg  Two-day chg  MA 30   RSI
 CBOT wheat  531.50  0.50    +0.09%   -0.28%       518.46  68
 CBOT corn   367.50  0.00    +0.00%   -0.81%       379.31  34
 CBOT soy    885.75  1.50    +0.17%   -0.76%       924.59  23
 CBOT rice   12.24   $0.00   +0.00%   +0.37%       $12.03  73
 WTI crude   58.24   -$0.17  -0.29%   +0.40%       $56.37  
 Currencies                                                
 Euro/dlr    $1.102  $0.000  -0.02%   +0.03%               
 USD/AUD     0.6789  0.000   +0.03%   +0.18%               
 Most active contracts
 Wheat, corn and soy US cents/bushel. Rice: USD per
 hundredweight
 RSI 14, exponential
        

 (Reporting by Naveen Thukral; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Sherry
Jacob-Phillips)
  
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