IFC Markets

Master Trader
Oct 31, 2012
London (Great Britain)
China may increase US corn purchases

The cost of cereal crops slightly increased at the end of the regular round of US-China trade negotiations. Will corn prices rise?

It is supposed that China will increase imports of US goods, including soybeans and corn. However, the parties have not reached a full agreement yet. China offers to establish trade parity by 2024, and the US insists on earlier terms. The next negotiations will take place on January 30-31, 2019. An emerging increase in global demand for corn can be noted. Its imports to the EU since the beginning of the 2018/19 agricultural season, which started in July, have exceeded the volume of the corresponding period of the previous season by already 45% and reached 13.4 million tons. Turkey purchased 342 thousand tons of corn in an international tender. Market participants note good demand from South Korea. An additional factor in the possible growth of quotations may be the drought in Brazil and heavy rains in Argentina. Bad weather can reduce the corn yield in South America.


On the daily timeframe, Corn: D1 approached the resistance line of the triangle. It should be breached up, before opening a buy position. A number of technical analysis indicators formed buy signals. The further price growth is possible in case of an increase in demand and a reduction in world yield.

  • The Parabolic indicator gives a bullish signal.
  • The Bollinger bands have narrowed, which indicates low volatility. Both Bollinger bands are titled upwards.
  • The RSI indicator is above 50. No divergence.
  • The MACD indicator gives a bullish signal.
The bullish momentum may develop in case Corn exceeds the two last fractal highs and the upper Bollinger band at 390. This level may serve as an entry point. The initial stop loss may be placed below the two last fractal lows, the Parabolic signal, the 200-day moving average line and the lower Bollinger band at 371. After opening the pending order, we shall move the stop to the next fractal low following the Bollinger and Parabolic signals. Thus, we are changing the potential profit/loss to the breakeven point. More risk-averse traders may switch to the 4-hour chart after the trade and place there a stop loss moving it in the direction of the trade. If the price meets the stop level (371) without reaching the order (390), we recommend to close the position: the market sustains internal changes that were not taken into account.

Summary of technical analysis

Position Buy
Buy stop Above 390
Stop loss Below 371