Daily US grain report: bears gain momentum as 15 December tariff deadline looms

US grain futures prices were mixed overnight. Corn, soybean and wheat bulls have faded this week, with corn leading the way by dropping to a three-month low.
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Slack US exports in recent months continue to be a bearish weight overhanging the grain futures markets. Traders will closely examine Thursday morning’s weekly USDA export sales report, including looking for larger purchases from China.

Bears have overall near-term technical advantage and regain momentum late this week to suggest downtrend could be restarted on more price pressure
Bears have overall near-term technical advantage and regain momentum late this week to suggest downtrend could be restarted on more price pressure

© Jim Wyckoff

This Sunday (15 December) is the deadline for new US trade tariffs going into effect against Chinese goods imported into the US While the rhetoric this week has been mostly upbeat on the matter, the history of the US-China trade war is one of distinct highs and lows regarding progress toward a deal. And grain traders know President Trump’s mercurial personality.

Price downtrend in place and bears have solid advantage to suggest challenge of September low, and even below
Price downtrend in place and bears have solid advantage to suggest challenge of September low, and even below

© Jim Wyckoff

Grain traders are looking more closely at weather in South American crop-growing regions. While there are no major problems at present, there are some dry pockets traders are monitoring to see if the dryness persists. One veteran grain markets analyst pointed out Thursday that major droughts start out as minor dry pockets.

The near-term technical postures for corn and soybeans remain bearish, with wheat being neutral to slightly bullish on the charts.

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