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Soybean Meal Jan '20 (ZMF20)

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Soybean Meal Futures Market News and Commentary

Soy Market Higher on Friday

Soybean futures were nearly up by double digits on Friday, retreating from earlier session gains of 18-19 cents. Optimism about increased Chinese purchases drove the buying. Meal futures were $2.70 higher Friday, with Jan meal down $2.40 for the week. Bean oil futures were 37 points higher, with Jan oil up 138 points for the week. For the last trading day, Dec Soymeal futures were up $2.90/ton at the close, likewise bean oil futures bounced 24 points on their last trading day. Specs were Net short in beans for the 3rd consecutive week, and the CFTC net position was -112,528 contracts as of Tuesday night. Just in time to get beat up on the rally! The last time managed money held a 100,000+ contract position on net was when they were 129,994 contracts short in May 2019. Over the last 7 weeks the specs have gone from 72,325 long to 112k short. The Commitment of traders also showed that specs were still net short for meal. Bean oil specs were reported 77,670 contracts net long as of Tue... Read more

Contract Specifications

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Soybean Meal
Contract Size
100 tons (2,000 pounds per ton)
Tick Size
10 cents per ton ($10.00 per contract)
Trading Hours
7:00p.m. - 7:45a.m. and 8:30a.m. - 1:20p.m. (Settles 1:15p.m.) (Sun-Fri) CST
Point Value
First Notice Date
12/31/19 (18 days)
Expiration Date
01/14/20 (32 days)

Seasonal Chart

Soybean Meal Jan '20
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Jan Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Dec 10, 2019

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Commercials - Long / Short
233,855 (+4,114)
247,283 (+18,568)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
80,383 (+3,120)
86,382 (-9,385)
Producers - Long / Short
128,923 (+6,835)
230,529 (+22,176)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
89,895 (+965)
1,717 (+78)
Managed Money - Long / Short
45,583 (+1,861)
78,092 (-9,385)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
34,800 (+1,259)
8,290 (unch)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
292.6 +1.47%
on 12/02/19
310.0 -4.23%
on 11/18/19
-9.4 (-3.07%)
since 11/13/19
292.6 +1.47%
on 12/02/19
316.2 -6.10%
on 10/14/19
-6.4 (-2.11%)
since 09/13/19
292.6 +1.47%
on 12/02/19
337.4 -12.00%
on 06/18/19
-29.6 (-9.07%)
since 12/13/18

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Barchart Technical Opinion

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

Long term indicators mostly agree with the trend.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 301.4
1st Resistance Point 299.2
Last Price 296.9s
1st Support Level 294.6
2nd Support Level 292.2

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52-Week High 337.4
Fibonacci 61.8% 320.3
Fibonacci 50% 315.0
Fibonacci 38.2% 309.7
Last Price 296.9s
52-Week Low 292.6

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