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Wheat Price Indexes

Thu, Oct 22nd, 2020

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cmdty Wheat Price Index Family

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The cmdty Wheat Price Index family is a series of volume weighted indexes and price assessments that represent fair value pricing for physical Wheat across the United States. The indexes are calculated on a continuous basis and use a sophisticated – but transparent - weighting process to ensure prices are objective and reflective of underlying market economics.

Calculated at the County, Crop Reporting District, State, Regional, and National level – from prices contributed by over 4,000 grain buying locations – there are over 500 different front-month indexes. With forward curves going out twelve months for each index area there are over 6,000 objective prices for Wheat calculated each day. Historical information is available through to the start of 2014.

Major growing zones are divided among the following regions:

  • Eastern – Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin
  • Western – Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, N. Dakota, S. Dakota
  • Delta – Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee

The indexes are powered by best-in-class grain prices from the cmdty by Barchart product line. Additional prices, including basis values and forward curve information, are available exclusively to subscribers of cmdtyView® - the leading platform for commodity trading – or other data products available through cmdty.

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cmdty Insider - Wheat Futures Market News and Commentary


Wheat futures faded earlier gains in the afternoon and the complex closed the session mixed. SRW futures were within 2 3/4 cents of UNCH, with losses nearby and gains for ’21 crops. HRW wheat ended the session fractionally to 1 1/4 cents lower. Spring wheat futures held onto gains of up to 4 ¾ cents. US wheat export bookings are estimated between 200,000 and 800,000 MT for the week ending 10/15. The USDA weekly Export Sales report will be out in the morning. Japan issued an optional origin wheat tender for 80,000 MT. Ethiopia issued an international tender for 280k MT of optional origin wheat. S. Korea is tendering for 60k MT of feed wheat. Algeria is seeking at least 50,000 MT of wheat in an international tender.

Dec 20 CBOT Wheat closed at $6.29 3/4, down 2 1/4 cents,

Dec 20 KCBT Wheat closed at $5.69 3/4, down 1 1/4 cents,

Dec 20 MGEX Wheat closed at $5.82 1/2, up 4 3/4 cents,

--- provided by Brugler Marketing & Management

Soybean Basis: The Spirit of the Season

Halloween is just around the corner, and the soybean basis market seems to be getting into the spirit of the season. Monday afternoon saw the cmdty National Soybean Basis Index (NSBI, weighted national average) calculated at 54.8 cents under November futures, firming from last Friday’s calculation of 55.0 cents under. This doesn’t seem like much, maybe nothing more than a function of rounding or “an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, or a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato” as Ebenezer Scrooge might say to Marley’s ghost. But in the grand scheme of things the resilience of soybean basis is impressive when we consider what it has absorbed to this point. Another piece of data released Monday afternoon was NASS’ latest guess of US soybean harvest to be 75% complete as of Sunday, October 18. With no carry in the soybean futures market’s forward curve, and the cmdty National Soybean Price Index (NSPI, weighted national average cash price) in the upper 5% of its price distribution range (based on last Friday’s calculation of $9.95), much of what has been harvested in the US this harvest has likely been sold. This wave of cash supplies into the pipeline would be expected to weaken the basis market, but it hasn’t. Yes, last week saw the NSBI start to show signs it was headed toward the tomb, but like the undead celebrated during this season, it has climbed from its grave. And if demand continues holds firm through late February, at least, the NSBI could turn into quite a monster. Darin Newsom President Darin Newsom Analysis Inc.
Cash SRW Wheat: Rarified Air

The move by the cmdty National Soft Red Winter (SRW) Wheat Index (SRPI, weighted national average cash price) extended its impressive run last week, hitting a high of $6.02 before finishing Friday at $5.97. The peak was the highest mark posted by the SRPI since registering $6.03 the week of December 29, 2014, while the close was the highest since the previous week of 2014 was calculated at $5.99. Given that, it’s safe to say the SRPI has climbed into rarified air, a far cry from where it was less than 4 months ago. Recall, if you can, this past summer when the SRPI hit a low of $4.55 on June 26 before finishing that day at $4.61. While there have been a number of moving parts in cash wheat over the summer and fall, the most interesting aspect to me is watching how my theory of price distribution has played out. The idea is as old as commodity trade itself, given the age-old search for the upper-third and lower-third of markets. My studies are based on weekly closes over a set period of time, with the latter being back through the 2014-2015 marketing year for the SRPI. This past June, when it closed at $4.61, the SRPI was in the lower 44% of its distribution range. While not extraordinarily low, it was enough to trigger strong buying of cash SRW wheat, with last Friday’s close putting the SRPI in the upper 1% of its range, with only 3 weekly closes higher since June 2014. It would not be surprising to see this test of $6.00 uncover increased selling interest. Darin Newsom President Darin Newsom Analysis Inc.
Soybean Basis: Interesting Times

With Fall 2020 at its midway point as of noon this past Friday, things are getting more interesting when it comes to soybeans basis. I’m hearing from elevators across the US Plains and Midwest that space is getting tight, with room only for contracted bushels, producers busy selling across the scales, and basis weakening. One producer reported to me that his local bid fell from about 50 cents under to 70 cents under the last couple weeks, a similar story to others I’m sure. Meanwhile, the cmdty National Soybean Basis Index (NSBI, weighted national average) was calculated at 55 cents under November futures this past Friday, down only fractionally from the previous week’s final calculation of 54.9 cents under and still sitting at its strongest level from the previous 5-years. In other words, reports from local elevators don’t seem to jibe with what the NSBI is showing us. This raises the issue that the index could be skewed by river and port markets as US exports remain on fire this fall. The latest weekly export sales and shipment update, through Thursday, October 8, showed total shipments of 331.4 mb and outstanding sales of 1.257 bb, putting total sales at a whopping 1.588 bb still early in the 2020 marketing year. However, if the expected rain has fallen over Brazil this weekend and the world’s largest buyer (China) grows more comfortable with potential production from its primary supplier (Brazil), the NSBI could soon reflect the pressure I’ve been hearing so much about recently. Things are indeed getting interesting. Darin Newsom President Darin Newsom Analysis Inc.
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