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Corn Gains on US Exports, Soybeans & Rubber Drop on Europe

October 20, 2011 at 23:55 by Vladimir Vyun

Corn posted the biggest advance in more than a week on the anticipation of returning demand for the US supplies. According to the report of the US Department of Agriculture, the US exports of corn totaled 1.763 million metric tons in the week ended October 13, the highest level since March. Total sales for delivery before August 31 were 5 percent above the sales in the same period of the previous year, being at the highest level in four years. Settlement for corn jumped from $6.38 to $6.50 per bushel by 23:38 GMT today on CBoT.

The forecasts of good weather drove soybeans down. Dry weather in Brazil and rains in Argentina should boost harvest. The problems of Europe and the resulting worries also weighted down the oilseed. Soybean prices retreated from $12.2525 to $12.2350 per bushel today on CBoT.

The European crisis also caused the drop of rubber to the lowest level in 14 months. The leaders of European nations will discuss the situation in Europe at the summit this weekend. Some economists argue that the bailout fund will be boosted. Yet others speculate that the politicians won’t be able to reach an agreement and such speculation weight the commodity down. January future fo delivery of rubber slumped as much as 4.4 percent to 25,445 yuan ($3,985) per ton in Shanghai.

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