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Soybean futures cap longest rally in 40 years on China demand

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By Elizabeth Elkin

Soybean futures capped the longest rally in 40 years after high purchaser China stepped up purchases and the outlook for this yr’s U.S. crop deteriorated.

Futures traded in Chicago rose for a 12th consecutive session, the longest rally for a most-active contract since 1980. China stepped up purchases in current months to satisfy demand from a hog trade that’s recovering quicker than analysts anticipated. American gross sales from the brand new crop to the Asian nation are operating on the quickest tempo in seven years, U.S. Division of Agriculture information present.

Elevated purchases come at a time when the outlook for this yr’s U.S. harvest is worsening after a drought damage crops. There are additionally considerations about potential frost injury to soybeans in the Midwest, in keeping with CHS Hedging. The USDA additionally introduced a flash sale to China of 238,000 metric tons on Wednesday.

“Soybean costs had been bolstered by two massive export gross sales reported this morning, in addition to some gentle considerations over frost that landed on some higher Midwestern fields earlier this week,” Farm Futures senior editor Ben Potter mentioned in a report.

Soybean futures for November supply rose 0.6% to shut at $9.7875 a bushel, whereas corn and wheat declined. Crop circumstances have worsened and now analysts anticipate the USDA to trim its forecast for soybean yields by 3% when it publishes its extensively watched month-to-month provide report on Friday.

“Our newest spherical of suggestions from the sector updates exhibits soybean growers have been battling a bevy of in-season challenges, from weeds to overly dry circumstances to even frost earlier this week,” Potter mentioned.

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