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JBS sees steady trade flows but flags export woes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sao Paulo | Reuters — Brazil’s JBS, the world’s largest meatpacker, has said the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic could cause container shortages, port disruptions and other logistics issues, but said trade flows should stay strong thanks to Chinese demand. In a conference call to discuss earnings results on Thursday, JBS executives said its export operations had […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn hits 18-month low

Soybean, wheat futures firm

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures plummeted 3.3 per cent to an 18-month low on Tuesday as traders said current prices were too high to generate demand from overseas buyers with the ongoing harvests in Brazil and Argentina providing cheaper offerings on the export market. Corn prices fell to their session lows just ahead […] Read more


U.S. grains: Soy, corn follow broad market rebound

Investors keep eye on stimulus proposals

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean and corn futures each rose for the first time in four sessions on Tuesday as expectations of policy action to curb economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak helped financial markets regain ground after a day-earlier drubbing. Wheat futures also closed higher in technical moves after a choppy session, although […] Read more

JBS plans U.S. listing as Brazil state bank sells stake

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sao Paulo | Reuters — Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA and state development bank BNDES are planning a simultaneous listing of JBS international operations in the United States and the sale of the bank’s stake in the company, five sources with knowledge of the matter said. Sources close to the company say JBS is working on […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: Commodities hold up while waiting on China

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — There’s no doubt commodities on the Chicago Board of Trade have struggled since the coronavirus outbreak in China, but the situation could be worse, a trader said. “I personally think the markets… are holding up pretty well with all of the negative news,” said Scott Capinegro of Barrington Commodities in Barrington, Ill. Some […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat futures rally, pull corn higher

Chicago soybean futures weaken

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures surged 4.5 per cent on Tuesday, their biggest gain since May, as cuts to the harvest outlook in Australia bolstered prospects for U.S. exports, traders said. The rally in wheat, which closed near session highs as technical buyers entered the market after the early strength, underpinned the corn […] Read more


U.S. grains: Soybeans rise for third session

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose modestly on Wednesday as strength from global equity markets and soyoil futures offset worries about export demand for U.S. oilseeds, traders said. Wheat futures firmed on technical buying. But corn drifted lower in rangebound trade as uncertainty about demand hung over the market. Chicago Board of Trade […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans, corn end higher

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. grain and soybean futures firmed on Tuesday, supported by a broad rebound in equity markets following losses sparked by a coronavirus outbreak in China, analysts said. Worries about harvest delays in Brazil’s soybean areas added support. Chicago Board of Trade March soybeans settled up 2-1/2 cents at $8.79-1/2 per bushel, […] Read more



Canada, EU, China, others agree on temporary fix to WTO crisis

Reading Time: 2 minutes Brussels/Davos | Reuters — Canada, the European Union, China and 14 other World Trade Organization members agreed on Friday to create a temporary mechanism to settle trade disputes after U.S. action rendered the WTO incapable last month of acting as the umpire of global trade. The Canadian government and the European Commission said separately that […] Read more