Not There, Yet!
Steve Bruce of Walsh Trading - - Tue Apr 23, 10:16AM CDT

It's tough to resist the temptation to pick a bottom especially when the weather isn't looking cooperative for getting the bean, corn, oat, spring and durum wheat into the ground at a reasonable time. If old crop stocks weren't as plentiful as they are then we might have a little bit of delayed planting anxiety but, the market needs proof, and this will take time, that we will have lower acreage and/or lower yields. Maybe after May 10?

The macroeconomic factors of the market appear to be keeping prices languishing. The Fed and other central banks appear to be resolved to mark time and not over engineer the money supply. It might be nice to return to steady money supply growth and allowing the free market to determine where interest rates trade, yet that means that the powers that be give up their tools of persuasion. The recent large block sale of gold raises questions. Trade deals with China and Europe remain critical market factors and the trade remains respectful. Yet, importers with money will always be sought out by exporting entities and the market finds a way. Any reaction to a trade deal usually is an overreaction!

First notice day on the May futures next Tuesday and basis levels suggest that we might not see a squeeze in anything. Spreads could remain on the defensive in corn, beans and wheat while oats might be the only grain with bull spread potential with the July and forward contracts. It is a general rule of thumb that only deliverable elevators and end users be involved, if necessary, in the delivery month. Say good bye to May everything!

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