Morning Futures Roundup
Corn Futures Rally Despite Bearish USDA Report
The recent rally to all-time high prices in Corn futures remains intact, despite a surprisingly "bearish" ending stocks figure from the USDA in its April Crop Production and Supply/Demand report. The USDA left U.S. Corn ending stocks unchanged at 675 million bushels for the 2010-11 season. Many traders were expecting a nearly 100 million bushel decline, as demand for US Corn remains strong despite record high prices. The USDA raised the demand for Corn usage by ethanol producers to 5 billion bushels, which is up from 4.95 billion bushels in last month's report. However, the USDA lowered feed usage demand to 5.15 billion bushels, which accounted for the unchanged ending stocks estimate. However, there was much doubt about the USDA figures for Corn from traders on the floor, with several commenting that the USDA may have been too conservative in its forecast, as even at 675 million bushels, carryout would be a 15-year low. Though old-crop Corn futures opened lower on the USDA data, prices rallied to close higher on the session and just off the all-time highs. Some traders believe that old-crop corn will need to trade to over $9 per bushel before we start to see supplies being rationed. Though U.S. producers are expected to plant nearly 93 million acres to Corn this coming season, and if yields come in as expected, we could see a whopping 14 billion bushel Corn crop this season. However, with Corn demand expected to be at or near record levels, the U.S. will need to produce every bushel, and Mother Nature needs to cooperate in order to help replenish inventories.
Looking at the daily chart for July Corn, we notice that Corn has "minded the gap" left on the charts after the bullish USDA Prospective Plantings report. Prices closed higher to end the week on Friday on extremely heavy volume, which should support the bullish cause. The 14-day RSI is strong and holding just below overbought levels, with a current reading of 66.31. There is a bearish divergence forming in the RSI that is one of the few indicators Corn bears are holding onto. Though chart resistance is seen at the contract highs of 781.00, it appears that 800.00 might be the more important psychological resistance level. Support for July Corn is seen at the March 22nd high of 722.00.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL-SIZED CHART
This article is provided for informational purposes only. No statementin this article should be construed as a recommendation to buy or sella security or to provide investment advice. The content provided hasbeen obtained from sources deemed reliable but is not guaranteed as toaccuracy and completeness. optionsXpress makes every effort to providetimely information to its recipients but cannot guarantee specificdelivery times due to factors beyond our control.
Derivatives involve substantial risk and are not appropriate for allinvestors. Please read the "DisclosureStatementforFuturesandOptions" prior to investing in futures oroptions.
For investments using a straddle or strangle options strategy thepotential loss is unlimited. Multi-leg option strategies are subject tomultiple commissions. Profits may be eroded by the commission expendedto open and close the positions and otherrisks apply.
View Mike Zarembski's post archive >