Exports: Corn sinks slightly, soybeans soar

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According to the USDA’s latest U.S. Export Sales report, corn net sales of 372,600 MT for the 2012-2013 marketing year were down 47 percent from last week and 23 percent from the 4-week average. 

Increases were reported for unknown destinations (134,800 MT), Brazil (56,500 MT), Japan (46,500 MT), Chile (38,500 MT), Italy (31,600 MT), and South Korea (30,500 MT).  Decreases were reported for China (54,000 MT) and Egypt (2,900 MT).  Net sales of 152,300 MT for the 2013/2014 marketing year were reported primarily for unknown destinations (82,500 MT), China (59,300 MT), and Mexico (10,000 MT). 

Exports of 584,700 MT were up 13 percent from the previous week and 8 percent from the prior 4-week average.  The primary destinations were Japan (186,700 MT), Egypt (74,600 MT), Turkey (65,800 MT), Nigeria (50,500 MT), Chile (38,500 MT), Peru (35,600 MT), and Italy (31,600 MT).

Optional Origin Sales:   For 2012/2013, outstanding optional origin sales total 90,000 MT, all Algeria.

On Wednesday corn futures followed soybeans higher, boosted by the latest export news. Futures again rose in concert with soybeans on Wednesday night. On Thursday morning March corn was trading 3.50 cents higher, at $7.13/bushel early Thursday morning, while December inched 0.25 cent lower to $5.535.

REPORT THIS WEEK LAST WEEK DIFFERENCE
  Sales 302,577 361,826 -59,249
 
SALES 10 WEEKS 27 WEEKS THIS YEAR
Average 194,348 250,327 223,756
High 393,341 1,881,967 393,341
Low 12,622 368 12,622
 
 
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The report also showed that soybean net sales of 689,000 MT for the 2012-2013 marketing year resulted as increases for China (474,800 MT, including 25,000 MT switched from unknown destinations and decreases of 4,800 MT), Indonesia (98,300 MT, including 69,000 MT switched from unknown destinations and decreases of 1,700 MT), the Netherlands (75,900 MT, including 70,000 MT switched from unknown destinations), Japan (45,800 MT, including 9,000 MT switched from unknown destinations), Mexico (38,700 MT), and South Korea (27,700 MT, including 30,000 MT switched from unknown destinations and decreases of 2,300 MT), were partially offset by decreases for unknown destinations (126,800 MT). 

Net sales of 482,000 MT for delivery in the 2013/2014 marketing year were primarily for China (350,000 MT) and unknown destinations (115,000 MT). 

Exports of 822,200 MT were down 14 percent from the previous week and 28 percent from the prior 4-week average.  The primary destinations were China (528,500 MT), the Netherlands (75,900 MT), Mexico (51,400 MT), Indonesia (40,800 MT), and Taiwan (30,800 MT).

Optional Origin Sales:   For 2013/2014, outstanding optional origin sales total 130,000 MT, all China.    

On Wednesday soybean futures ended higher on positive export news. Nearby soybean futures rose moderately in early trading on Thursday, though deferred contracts were depressed by a possible surge in South American supplies and a large U.S. crop later in 2013. March beans gained 6.5 cents to $14.64 in Wednesday night activity, while March soyoil slipped 0.10 cents to 49.17 cents/pound, whereas March meal climbed $3.3 to $432.6/ton.

REPORT THIS WEEK LAST WEEK DIFFERENCE
  Sales 689,002 -119,526 808,528
 
SALES 10 WEEKS 27 WEEKS THIS YEAR
Average 572,280 708,520 507,043
High 1,608,774 2,645,023 1,608,774
Low 86,976 5,146 -119,526
 
 
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