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DTN Midday Grain Comments     12/01 11:04

   Corn, Beans Higher at Midday

   Corn is 1 to 2 cents higher, soybeans are 4 to 5 cents higher, and wheat is 
narrowly mixed.

David M. Fiala
DTN Contributing Analyst

   The U.S. stock market is firmer with the Dow up 340. The dollar index is 58 
points lower. Interest rate products are weaker. Energies are weaker with crude 
down $0.80. Livestock trade is firmer. Precious metals are firmer with gold up 
$30.00.

   CORN

   Corn trade is 1 to 2 cents higher at midday with trade finding support after 
the broad selling Monday as the December contract went into delivery with 
spread trade remaining flat and the export wire quiet. Ethanol margins will see 
a benefit from the corn pull back, but demand issues will remain front and 
center with driving demand likely to slip further short term, while OPEC 
debates policy regarding cuts coming forward. Basis remains generally strong. 
On the March contract support is the 20-day at $4.23 with the lower Bollinger 
Band at $4.08 as the next level down with the fresh high scored at $4.39 1/2 
scored Monday, which is also where the upper Bollinger Band is found.

   SOYBEANS

   Soybean trade is 4 to 5 cents higher at midday with steady spread action 
after the Monday pullback with trade looking for a bullish spark as the export 
wire has been quiet, and South American weather holds some short term rain in 
the forecast for most. Meal is $2.50 to $3.50 higher and oil is 15 to 25 points 
lower. South America has rains moving into much of central and southern Brazil 
and Argentina short term, with dry pockets and high temps still a worry. Basis 
remains strong as we continue to work to max out our logistics capacity to ship 
the needed export bushels with freight issues remaining in play. The January 
chart has resistance at the fresh high at the fresh high at 12.00 scored last 
week, with the upper Bollinger ba Wheat nd at $12.25, with support the 20-day 
at $11.55.

   WHEAT

   Wheat trade is narrowly mixed at midday with trade looking to continue the 
back and forth action within the recent range with more moisture for the 
central to eastern Plains on tap and early selling fading again. The dollar 
remains at the lower end of the range but hasn't shifted export competitiveness 
yet. World export tenders continue to go to Black Sea origin for the most part, 
with little change in overall conditions there going into dormancy. The western 
Plains look to mostly remain dry short term. KC is at 38-cent discount to 
Chicago on the March with active trade continuing, with Minneapolis at -32. 
Weekly crop progress had emergence at 92% vs. 91% on average, with good to 
excellent up 3% to 46% good to excellent, and poor to very poor down 3% to 18% 
poor to very poor. Kansas City March chart resistance is the 20-day at $5.61 
which we are back below after jumping above it on Friday, and support is the 
lower Bollinger Band at $5.48 which we are back above.

   David Fiala is a DTN contributing analyst and the President of FuturesOne 
and a registered adviser.
He can be reached at dfiala@futuresone.com
Follow him on Twitter @davidfiala

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