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Corn Retreats from Monthly Record on Growing Supplies

December 22, 2011 at 3:42 by Vladimir Vyun

Corn retreated today on the forecast of rising global supplies. The crop reached the highest price in a month yesterday.

The US Department of Agriculture estimated that the world production will grow 4.8 percent to 867.5 million metric tons in the 2011–12 season. The global stockpiles will shrink by just 0.8 percent, demonstrating the smallest drop in three years. The output from the United States is expected to decline by 1.1 percent, by the growth of the production in other parts of the world, including the European Union and Russia, should surpass the predicted drop. Supply is rising as farmers reacted to the record prices this year by boosting production.

Corn prices advanced yesterday on the speculation that adverse weather in South America would hurt crops in South America and would increase demand for supplies from the USA. The prices reached the highest level since November 17.

Corn spot price was down from $6.1550 to $6.1450 per bushel as of 3:27 GMT today on CBoT. Yesterday, the price jumped from $6.0575 to $6.1675, while the daily high was $6.1900. The prices reached the record level of $7.9975 on June 10.

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