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Corn Set For Weekly Gains Of Over 3% On Upbeat Global Demand

Chicago corn futures slid more than 1% on Friday, although the market is set to end the week on a positive note, trading near a seven-month peak as robust global demand underpinned prices.

Wheat also fell, but prices are up for the week as dryness threatens producers Russia and Argentina.

"The demand story for grains and oilseeds is bullish for prices," said one Singapore-based trader. "We are unlikely to see big decline in prices for current levels as some buyers have been hoping for."

Pressure On Agriculture Products

There was some pressure on agriculture products as US stock futures extended losses after President Donald Trump said he and his wife had tested positive for the coronavirus, weeks ahead of the 3 November election.

The most-active corn contract on the Chicago Board Of Trade (CBOT) gained more than 3% this week, the biggest weekly gain since 28 August.

Corn was down 1.1% at $3.78-1/2 a bushel, as of 0651 GMT, after firming 1% on Thursday when prices hit the highest since early March at $3.85-1/2 a bushel.

Soybeans are up 1.3% for the week after falling 4% in the previous week and wheat has added 3.6% this week, after closing down 5.3% last week.

The US Department of Agriculture reported more than 2 million tonnes of corn sold in the week ended 24 September. Weekly soybean export sales also exceeded expectations at nearly 2.6 million tonnes.

Stockpiles

American soybean and corn stockpiles were smaller-than-expected as China stepped up its purchases of US supplies during the summer, the US government said earlier this week.

In what could increase competition for US suppliers, Argentina has cut taxes on exports of soybeans.

Argentina has temporarily cut soybean, soymeal and soyoil export taxes by 3 percentage points to 30% to help stimulate export revenue, the government announced on Thursday, as the country struggles with recession and dwindling foreign reserves.

US soybean crushings in August likely dropped to the lowest point in six months to 5.272 million short tonnes, or 175.7 million bushels, according to the average forecast of nine analysts surveyed by Reuters ahead of a monthly US Department of Agriculture (USDA) report.

Commodity funds were net buyers of CBOT corn and soymeal futures contracts on Thursday and net sellers of wheat, soyoil and soybean futures, traders said.

News by Reuters, edited by ESM. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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