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Corn Dec '18 (ZCZ18)

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Corn Futures Market News and Commentary

Corn Finishes In the Red

Corn futures traded closed on Thursday, with losses of 2 to 2 3/4 cents. Traders anticipate tomorrow’s delayed Export Sales report to show 0.7 to 1.1 MMT of old crop corn sales for the week ending 02/13. Traders also expect to see as much as 100k MT for new crop bookings. The EIA weekly update to ethanol production showed the week ending 02/14 averaged 1.040m bpd, which was 0.68% higher than last week’s average daily production. Ethanol stocks were also higher, up 423,000 barrels to a record 24.781 million barrels for the weekly report. Most of the increased stocks were in the PAD Gulf District, and with Midwest stocks lower wk/wk by 111,000 barrels. USDA projects US corn planted acreage will hit 94 million acres in 2020 according to their data released in their Ag Outlook Forum. Argentine corn harvest is 0.4% completed according to the Buenos Aires Grain Exchange, which left their 49 MMT production projection.

Mar 20 Corn closed at $3.78 1/2, down 2 cents,

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Contract Specifications

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Contract
Corn
Contract Size
5,000 bushels
Tick Size
1/4 cent per bushel ($12.50 per contract)
Trading Hours
7:00p.m. - 7:45a.m. and 8:30a.m. - 1:20p.m. (Settles 1:15p.m.) (Sun-Fri) CST
Exchange
CBOT
Point Value
$50
Margin/Maintenance
$1,100/1,000
First Notice Date
11/30/18
Expiration Date
12/14/18 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Corn Dec '18
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Dec Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Feb 11, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
666,543 (+9,141)
776,702 (-1,227)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
313,255 (-2,196)
275,034 (+12,202)
Producers - Long / Short
404,186 (+3,847)
675,263 (-8,343)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
195,583 (-750)
34,665 (+1,072)
Managed Money - Long / Short
171,566 (-3,242)
240,667 (+13,814)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
141,689 (+1,046)
34,367 (-1,612)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
355-2 +6.05%
on 11/26/18
379-0 -0.59%
on 12/14/18
+9-6 (+2.66%)
since 11/14/18
3-Month
342-4 +10.00%
on 09/18/18
379-0 -0.59%
on 12/14/18
+25-0 (+7.11%)
since 09/14/18
52-Week
342-4 +10.00%
on 09/18/18
429-4 -12.28%
on 05/24/18
-4-0 (-1.05%)
since 12/14/17

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The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 64% Buy with a Strengthening short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

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The market is in highly overbought territory. Beware of a trend reversal.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 381-3
1st Resistance Point 379-1
Last Price 376-6s
1st Support Level 374-3
2nd Support Level 371-7

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52-Week High 429-4
Fibonacci 61.8% 396-2
Fibonacci 50% 386-0
Last Price 376-6s
Fibonacci 38.2% 375-6
52-Week Low 342-4

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