Corn Prices Remain Underpinned by U.S. Planting Delays and Ukraine Grain Unavailable for Export

Grain traders squared positions ahead of the Easter holiday weekend on Thursday. Corn prices fared the best up nearly 1% on a round of technical buying. Soybean contracts trended slightly higher while wheat prices fell significantly, with most contracts down 1.5% to 2.5% on profit-taking. Corn prices remain underpinned possible U.S. planting delays and Ukraine grain unavailable for export. May corn futures added 7.5 cents to $7.91, with July futures up 6.5 cents to $7.8450. Corn export shipments were 1% … Continue reading “Corn Prices Remain Underpinned by U.S. Planting Delays and Ukraine Grain Unavailable for Export”

Extreme Commodity Prices Volatility Pressures Commodity Trading Houses Bonds

The explosion in commodity prices volatility has seen coal, oil and natural gas prices surge, the Nickel market halted for a week and grains prices hitting record highs. Unintended consequences and contagions flow through in heavily levered and multi-faceted financial markets. In the past week, the yield on Gunvor Group Ltd. bonds due in 2026 rose as high as 16.8%, Trafigura Group bonds due in 2025 rose to almost 10%. Credit default swaps on Louis Dreyfus Co. debt on Friday … Continue reading “Extreme Commodity Prices Volatility Pressures Commodity Trading Houses Bonds”

Corn Avoids Commodity Selloff After Strong USDA Export Data

Commodities sold off across the board after the new Covid variant Omicron caused fear and uncertainty in Friday’s shortened session. Corn prices were in the red most of the day but turned green after better-than-expected export data from USDA took hold. Corn’s late-session rally helped prices jump more than 1% higher by the close, December futures added 6.5 cents to $5.8625, with March futures up 6.25 cents to $5.9175. Preliminary volume estimates were for 296,804 contracts, falling well below Wednesday’s … Continue reading “Corn Avoids Commodity Selloff After Strong USDA Export Data”

Rio Tinto Lowers 2021 Iron Ore Shipments Forecast on Tight Western Australian Labor Market

Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Group (RIO) on Friday reduced its 2021 Pilbara iron ore shipments forecast as the COVID lockdowns, Supply crunch were further hampered by a tighter labour market in Western Australia. These have all led to a delay of the completion of a new greenfield mine at Gudai-Darri.

Australian Farmers Grow and Sell Record $73 billion of Produce in 2021-22

Australia’s agriculture industry will produce a record $73 billion worth of produce in 2021-22 up from $66.3 billion in 2020-21 the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARE) September crop report released Monday said

Rio Tinto Reaps Rewards as iron Ore Prices Hit Nine Year High

Iron ore prices have continued to rise sharply following ongoing Chinese industrial output, Prices for iron ore cargoes with a 63.5% iron content for delivery into Tianjin jumped to $172 per tonne in the third week of January. The highest level since October of 2011. At the same time Rio Tinto saw a 2.4% rise in Q4 iron ore shipments.

Australian Growth Rate Less Than Expected as Housing Bites

Australian third quarter GDP was reported at +0.3% q/q much lower than the expected +0.6% and the previous quarter’s +0.9%, On a yearly basis the growth rate is 2.8 % lower than the expected +3.3% and  prior +3.4%. The Australian dollar sold off sharply on the news.