Grain Market Commentary

Weekly commentary is written by Marty Hibbs, Grain Farmers of Ontario.

All of these reports include a weekly Ontario Wheat Market Commentary for the current season. Ontario Corn and Soybean Commentaries are also included; reflecting the overall Grain Farmers of Ontario perspective.

Grain Market Commentary for June 28, 2017

June 28, 2017

Commodity Period Price Weekly Movement
Corn CBOT September 3.57  11 cents
Soybeans CBOT November 9.21  02 cents
Wheat CBOT September 4.73  08 cents
Wheat Minn. September 7.10  52 cents
Wheat Kansas September 4.80  12 cents
Chicago Oats September 2.59  06 cents
Canadian $ September 0.7690  1.55 points

Corn

Although we nailed our $4 resistance level ($3.99 on September contract) before prices reversed, we pulled back to our support level of $3.60 faster than expected. Also unexpected was a red sell signal that flashed on June 22. This has changed the dynamics on the charts and it looks like we are once again on the defensive after hitting our $4 multi-year downtrend line and dropping sharply. From the severity of the pullback since June 9, it could take more time than previously thought before we attempt to challenge the $4 trend line again. Since we failed to negate that all-important line, the down-trend is still very much intact.

Initial support on the September futures is seen at $3.50, while overhead resistance is still at $4, also on the September contract.

Short term indicators are again negative and the main trend is still down.

Soybeans

As expressed in the last commentary, we are now challenging the $9.10 support area on the new crop November futures. This $9 futures price is important because should we fail to find good support in this area, and close much below the $9 price on November, there is nothing on the charts to prevent a selloff toward the $8.50 bottom of 2015 that we have spoken of so many times since the spring. Overhead resistance is seen at $9.50 and again at $9.80, while support on the September contract continues to be at the $9 mark.

Short term indicators are all negative, and the main trend is still down.

Wheat

It looks like our question was answered as to which we would see first, a pullback to $6 or a rush towards $7.25. We are currently trading at $7.10 as of the close on June 28. Our red buy signal on June 12 possibly marks the end of a six year bear market. Of course, we could be premature and it’s likely we could still see a hard break in prices in the next few weeks, but this should not disturb the bullish formation that we are building. Bull markets can last from two to 10 years, and once entrenched, these markets are to be viewed from the long side, which is to say, buy the dips. This is in direct opposition to the bear market we have seen in the Minneapolis wheat since 2011 which dictates to sell the rallies.

The next price target on Minneapolis would be around the $8. mark on the September contract while support is currently around the $6.50 price if we were to get a correction from the current levels. Of course this price will move higher as the runaway market registers higher prices. For today, we will say that the long or intermediate trend has turned bullish.

Chicago wheat, while not performing as well, is still on track to challenge the $5 level this summer and could even reach the major overhead resistance target of $5.25 before the end of July. Meanwhile, solid support is seen at $4.50 on the September contract, while our overhead resistance is now at the $5 - $5.25 also on the September futures.

Short term indicators are positive, but the primary trend on Chicago is still down.

Harvest 2017 prices as of the close, June 28 are as follows:
SWW @ $214.18/MT ($5.83/bu), HRW @ $211.79/MT ($5.76/bu),
HRS @ $288.75/MT ($7.86/bu), SRW @ $211.79/MT ($5.76/bu) ($5.91/bu)

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