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Soybean Meal Dec '18 (ZMZ18)

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Soybean Meal Futures Market News and Commentary

Soy Market Lower across the Board

Soybeans were down on Thursday, with losses at the close as high as 5 cents in the front months. Soymeal futures were also lower, with a minus 10 cent/ton move. March soybean oil closed with a daily loss of 22 points. Estimates ahead of Friday’s Export Sales report have soybeans 600k to 1.2 MMT for the week ending 02/13. Soymeal bookings are expected to be between 200-400k MT, and traders anticipate tomorrow’s report to show 15-45k MT of soybean oil sales. US soybean planted acreage for 2020 is expected 85 million acres according to the USDA Ag Outlook Forum data released on Thursday morning. Brazilian farmers are enjoying the highest prices in more than 3 years in local currency terms, while harvesting a record large crop. This is unlikely to continue and is partly a mirage as the buying power of the Real declines. The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange Weekly Ag Report maintained the Argentina soybean estimate of 53.1 MMT, stating dryness around Santa Fe and Buenos Aires and excess moist... 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
Expiration Date
12/14/18 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Soybean Meal 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
265,609 (-1,749)
247,484 (-4,029)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
84,895 (+3,913)
120,030 (+5,355)
Producers - Long / Short
143,511 (-291)
219,396 (-8,117)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
98,346 (-2,455)
4,336 (+3,091)
Managed Money - Long / Short
42,321 (+1,706)
109,461 (+5,633)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
42,574 (+2,207)
10,569 (-278)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
300.7 +2.89%
on 11/26/18
316.4 -2.21%
on 12/03/18
+3.7 (+1.21%)
since 11/14/18
300.7 +2.89%
on 11/26/18
327.3 -5.47%
on 10/15/18
+0.7 (+0.23%)
since 09/14/18
300.7 +2.89%
on 11/26/18
392.5 -21.17%
on 05/01/18
-17.3 (-5.30%)
since 12/14/17

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Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 40% Sell with a Weakening short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

Long term indicators fully support a continuation of the trend.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 309.7
1st Resistance Point 309.6
Last Price 309.4s
1st Support Level 309.1
2nd Support Level 308.7

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52-Week High 392.5
Fibonacci 61.8% 357.4
Fibonacci 50% 346.6
Fibonacci 38.2% 335.8
Last Price 309.4s
52-Week Low 300.7

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