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Soybean May '23 (ZSK23)
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Soybean Futures Market News and Commentary

Beans Close Red on Friday

Soybean futures fell by as much as 14 ¾ cents across the front months on the last trade day of the week. March beans finished at a new contract low and the lowest mark for the lead month since the fall of 2020. March options also expired at the close, with the heavily traded (4k contracts) $11.40 puts in the money. Soymeal futures ended the day $3.30 to $3.40 weaker, for a weekly loss of $14.10. Soy oil futures were at their weakest mark since 2021 with another 19 to 22 point losses for Friday. 

The weekly CoT data showed soybean spec traders added 4.7k new shorts vs 2.6k new longs for a 136.7k contract net long as of 2/20. The commercial soybean traders were 36.4k contracts net long after adding 37k new contracts nearly even on both sides during the week. Managed money funds were more net short after net new selling for soymeal – at 30,684 contracts as of 2/20. Speculative traders were also adding shorts in BO for the week, which grew their net short to 52.8k contracts. 

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Contract Specifications

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Contract
Soybean
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
$2,640/2,400
First Notice Date
04/28/23
Expiration Date
05/12/23 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Soybean May '23
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior May Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Feb 20, 2024

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Commercials - Long / Short
476,364 (+20,135)
304,616 (+20,025)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
100,976 (+14,001)
261,264 (+12,538)
Producers - Long / Short
335,054 (+20,305)
288,638 (+20,759)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
129,002 (+424)
3,670 (-140)
Managed Money - Long / Short
53,586 (+4,586)
180,260 (+6,891)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
47,390 (+9,415)
81,004 (+5,647)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
1420-0 +1.06%
on 05/11/23
1531-4 -6.30%
on 04/18/23
-69-2 (-4.60%)
since 04/12/23
3-Month
1405-0 +2.14%
on 03/24/23
1549-6 -7.40%
on 02/22/23
-98-4 (-6.42%)
since 02/10/23
52-Week
1300-0 +10.38%
on 07/22/22
1567-4 -8.45%
on 06/09/22
-30-0 (-2.05%)
since 05/12/22

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Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 1435-0
2nd Resistance Point 1435-0
1st Resistance Point 1435-0
Last Price 1435-0s
1st Support Level 1435-0
2nd Support Level 1435-0
3rd Support Level 1435-0

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52-Week High 1567-4
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Last Price 1435-0s
Fibonacci 50% 1433-6
Fibonacci 38.2% 1402-1
52-Week Low 1300-0

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