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Wheat Dec '18 (ZWZ18)

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Wheat Futures Market News and Commentary

Wheat Market News and Commentary

Wheat futures are steady to 2 cents lower this morning, with the July contract in Chicago up 1 tick like the first crocus of spring. They settled with most winter wheat contracts steady to 2 cents lower, as MPLS was mixed. Front month CBT and KC saw slight gains this week, with MPLS up 3.15%. CFTC data showed that spec funds in KC wheat futures and options added to their record reported net short position. It was 51,380 contracts on Tuesday. Their net short in Chicago was 73,506 contracts on March 19. Total old crop export commitments are now 89% of USDA’s export projection, lagging the normal pace of 99%. Taiwan purchased 110,000 MT of US wheat in their tender on Friday and South Korean importers purchased a total of 125,000 MT optional origin.Provided by Brugler Marketing & Management
Spring Wheat Basis: 'S'-Now Big Deal

If you’re keeping up to date on my basis postings, you’ll recall my most recent piece on soybeans (“Soybean Basis: The Weight of Futures”) talked about the often-inverse relationship between futures and basis. In other words, if the futures market posts a strong rally, grain merchandisers will often soften basis a bit on the idea that futures will do a good enough job of sourcing enough supplies to meet demand. Last week saw national average soybean basis firm, slightly, despite solid gains in futures, until Friday.Spring wheat was different, though. Here we saw the national average basis (cmdty National Hard Red Spring Wheat Index minus futures) actually weaken as the futures market firmed late in the week. To be exact, the May Minneapolis futures contract gained 5 1/2 cents, paltry indeed compared to the rest of the grain and oilseed complex, while national average basis weakened 1 1/4 cents from the previous to finish at 53 1/4 cents under the May. When one considers much of the U.S. Northern Plains remains buried by feet of snow, in mid-March, it seems counter-intuitive that spring wheat basis should be weakening.Until you factor in where bushels are being held. Most of the wheat in the U.S. winds up in commercial storage, where ownership is more easily transferred from seller to buyer. Therefore, if one doesn’t have to wait for the snow to melt before pulling grain out of an on-farm bin, it creates a situation where winter (into spring) weather doesn’t create a similar search for supplies like what has been seen in corn and soybeans. Darin NewsomPresidentDarin Newsom Analysis Inc.

Contract Specifications

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Chicago Soft Red Winter Wheat
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
Point Value
First Notice Date
Expiration Date
12/14/18 (expired)

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Mar 19, 2019

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Commercials - Long / Short
173,081 (+2,530)
128,550 (+1,977)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
145,012 (-999)
187,973 (-1,688)
Producers - Long / Short
78,865 (+1,988)
89,924 (-2,349)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
60,823 (-4,363)
5,233 (-579)
Managed Money - Long / Short
85,258 (-1,107)
163,957 (+1,814)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
59,754 (+108)
24,016 (-3,502)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
492-0 +7.27%
on 11/29/18
527-6 unch
on 12/14/18
+24-6 (+4.92%)
since 11/14/18
485-4 +8.70%
on 10/25/18
531-2 -0.66%
on 09/24/18
+16-2 (+3.18%)
since 09/14/18
471-6 +11.87%
on 12/15/17
613-0 -13.91%
on 08/02/18
+52-2 (+10.99%)
since 12/14/17

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The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 48% Buy with a Strengthening short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

Longer term, the trend strength is Average. Long term indicators mostly agree with the trend.

The market is approaching overbought territory. Be watchful of a trend reversal.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 527-6
1st Resistance Point 527-6
Last Price 527-6s
1st Support Level 527-6
2nd Support Level 527-6

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52-Week High 613-0
Fibonacci 61.8% 559-0
Fibonacci 50% 542-3
Last Price 527-6s
Fibonacci 38.2% 525-6
52-Week Low 471-6

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