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Wheat Prices Benefit from Weather, Oil & Rubber Slip on Greece

May 15, 2012 at 21:22 by Vladimir Vyun

Wheat posted the biggest gain in more than two weeks as adverse weather in the United States threatens to curb output. The US Department of Agriculture estimated that 52 percent of crops were in good or excellent condition as of May 13 the Kansas, the biggest US grower, down from 60 percent in the week before. Dry weather in parts of Russia and Ukraine is expected to further reduce supply of the grain. Wheat climbed from $5.9525 to $6.0700 per bushel as of 21:09 GMT on CBoT today, posting the biggest gain since April 27.

Oil and rubber fell on political turmoil in Greece. Greek political parties failed to form a new coalition government, resulting in new election. Polls show that many Greeks favor parties that stand against austerity measures demanded from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund in exchange for a bailout. Greece may leave the eurozone and the resulting fear harm markets. Futures for delivery of crude oil in June fell $0.8 to $93.98 per barrel on NYMEX, the lowest price since December 19. Brent crude advanced from $111.13 to $111.86 on ICE today. The futures for delivery of rubber in October tumbled as much as 5.1 percent to $3,317 per metric on the Tokyo Commodity Exchange, the lowest settlement for a most-active contract since January 6.

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