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U.S. grains: Prices slip after rallying on trade deal

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. grain and soybean futures eased on Wednesday as the markets paused after rallying this week on demand hopes fuelled by a U.S.-China trade agreement. The long-awaited agreement included a Chinese commitment to expand purchases of U.S. farm products. However, traders are cautious about projections from Washington that deals will reach […] Read more

CBOT weekly outlook: Trade awaits solid details on ‘Phase One’

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — While optimism towards the ‘Phase One’ trade deal between the U.S. and China has continued, its initial impact on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) has diminished, according to one trader. “I think the biggest thing is everyone is on hold wondering, is it real? The actual terms of this [agreement] are still […] Read more


U.S. grains: Profit-taking pressures soybeans

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell on Wednesday as investors took profits after six days in a row of price increases, while wheat and corn sank on technical selling. Traders shrugged off news of the largest soybean sale to China in more than eight months, in the absence of fresh signs of a […] Read more

Major grain traders’ e-transaction platform gets name

Reading Time: 2 minutes The blockchain-based global commodity transaction platform being developed by six of the world’s biggest agrifood firms is moving ahead with a new name and project leader. The six companies — ADM, Bunge, Cargill, Louis Dreyfus, Cofco and Glencore Agriculture — announced Wednesday the project will be named Covantis, and have hired former ADM executive Stefano […] Read more


Trump, citing U.S. farmers, slaps metal tariffs on Brazil, Argentina

Reading Time: 3 minutes Washington/Rio de Janeiro | Reuters — U.S. President Donald Trump ambushed Brazil and Argentina on Monday, announcing tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum imports from the two countries in a measure that shocked South American officials and left them scrambling for answers. In an early morning tweet, Trump said the tariffs, “effective immediately,” were necessary […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn futures firm on technical buying

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures firmed on Monday, edging up to their highest in nearly a month on a round of technical buying despite signs of poor demand, traders said. Soybean futures fell, with traders waiting for concrete signs of progress in trade negotiations between the U.S. and China before buying into a […] Read more


U.S. grains: Soy futures fall to two-month low

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures slid to a two-month low on Wednesday on technical selling and expectations that increased rains will benefit crops in rival shipper South America. Corn and wheat futures also fell as traders adjusted positions ahead of Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, when U.S. markets will close. The markets will reopen for […] Read more



U.S. grains: Soy falls below US$9 on South America weather, trade doubts

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. nearby soybean futures closed below $9 a bushel on Friday for the first time since September, pressured by improving crop weather in South America and fears that an initial U.S.-China trade deal could be pushed back to next year, analysts said. Wheat futures ended higher, while corn settled narrowly mixed. […] Read more

Brazil Amazon deforestation soars to 11-year high

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil | Reuters — Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest rose to its highest in over a decade this year, government data on Monday showed, confirming a sharp increase under the leadership of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. The data from Brazil’s INPE space research agency, which showed deforestation soaring 29.5 per cent […] Read more