Recap for October 13
- US gold futures surged on Friday as investors flocked to safe-haven investments amid rising tensions in the Middle East. Early Friday, the Israeli military sent evacuation notices to Gaza citizens ahead of an alleged assault. The October contract jumped $58.10 to close at $1,927.40 per oz.
- Profit-taking brought soybean futures lower Friday after rallying a day earlier on the USDA’s decreased estimates of harvest. Corn followed soybeans lower. Wheat rallied in Chicago on improved export signs after China’s second weekly purchase of soft red winter wheat. Deferred Chicago contracts and all KC and Minneapolis wheat futures declined. Grain and oilseed futures were under pressure from a decline in consumer sentiment and inflation worries. December corn futures shed 2¾¢ to settle at $4.93¼ per bu. Chicago December wheat added 8¼¢ to close at $5.79¾ per bu; September 2024 future and beyond were lower. Kansas City December wheat fell 6¢ to close at $6.69 per bu. Minneapolis December wheat eased 1½¢ to close at $7.22 per bu. November soybeans dropped 9¾¢ to close at $12.80¼ per bu. December soybean meal dropped $2.90 to close at $390 per ton. December soybean oil added 1.01¢ to close at 54.38¢ a lb.
- Threats of a widening conflict in the Middle East had investors pulling out of the stock market and entering safe-haven assets on Friday. Still, the Dow industrials index posted a small gain Friday and was higher for the week, as was the S&P 500. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 39.15 points, or 0.12%, to close at 33,670.29. The Standard & Poor’s 500 declined 21.83 points, or 0.5%, to settle at 4,327.78. The Nasdaq Composite fell 166.98 points, or 1.23%, to close at 13,407.23.
- US crude oil flipped to the high side Friday. The November West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude future jumped $4.78 to close at $87.69 per barrel.
- The US dollar index strengthened again Friday.
Recap for October 12
- US corn and soybean futures prices climbed Thursday after the USDA lowered its projections for the harvest of both crops as hot, dry weather during key development phases cut into yields. Wheat futures followed corn and soybeans higher despite non-supportive estimates from the USDA, which raised its estimate for the 2024 wheat carryover by 55 million bus from September. December corn futures gained 8¢ to settle at $4.96 per bu. Chicago December wheat packed on 15½¢ to close at $5.71½ per bu. Kansas City December wheat added 7¾¢ to close at $6.75 per bu. Minneapolis December wheat advanced 5¼¢ to close at $7.23½ per bu. November soybeans leaped 37½¢ to close at $12.90 per bu. October soybean meal rose $13.30 to close at $387.60 per ton. October soybean oil added 0.95¢ to close at 54.47¢ a lb.
- Commerce Department data showed inflation-squelching progress of summer took a pause in September and US equity markets closed lower. Data showed the Consumer Price Index rose 3.7% from September 2022, the same as in August. Core prices, which exclude the volatile food and energy categories, rose 4.1% from September 2022, down from 4.3% in August. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 173.73 points, or 0.51%, to close at 33,631.14. The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell 27.34 points, or 0.62%, to settle at 4,349.61. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 85.46 points, or 0.63%, to close at 13,574.22.
- US crude oil declined again Thursday. The November West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude future shed 58¢ to close at $82.91 per barrel.
- The US dollar index strengthened again Thursday.
- US gold futures busted its four-day win streak as the October contract dropped back $3.50 to close at $1,869.30 per oz.
Recap for October 11
- Soybean futures declined Wednesday despite expectations that the USDA would trim US soybean production and yields in its Oct. 12 Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. The unexpected pressure came from ideas soybean yields and production would remain near the high end of trade estimates. Corn futures advanced ahead of the report in which analysts expected the USDA to drop corn production estimates from 15.134 billion bus in September to 15.101 billion bus and to drop corn yields from 173.8 bus per acre in the prior month to 173.5 bus an acre. The average domestic corn ending stock estimate was 2.138 billion bus, down from 2.221 billion bus in September. Wheat futures were lower under pressure from Black Sea wheat supplying the world market and as traders positioned themselves ahead of a WASDE report expected to show an increase in the USDA’s June 1, 2024, US wheat carryover. December corn futures added 2½¢ to settle at $4.88 per bu. Chicago December wheat dipped 2½¢ to close at $5.56 per bu. Kansas City December wheat dropped 4¢ to close at $6.67¼ per bu. Minneapolis December wheat declined 5¼¢ to close at $7.18¼ per bu. November soybeans dropped 19¢ to close at $12.52½ per bu. October soybean meal added $2.30 to close at $374.30 per ton; all subsequent months were lower. October soybean oil fell 0.47¢ to close at 53.52¢ a lb.
- US equity indexes extended their win streak to four days Wednesday as a swift run-up in bond yields pulled back and the Fed indicated it could be done with interest rate hikes as long as long-term yields remain near highs and inflation continues to cool. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 65.57 points, or 0.19%, to close at 33,804.87. The Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 18.71 points, or 0.43%, to settle at 4,376.95. The Nasdaq Composite added 96.83 points, or 0.71%, to close at 13,659.68.
- US crude oil declined again Wednesday. The November West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude future shed $2.48 to close at $83.49 per barrel.
- The US dollar index strengthened Wednesday.
- US gold futures continued higher for a fourth-straight trading day Wednesday. The October contract rose $11.80 to close at $1,872.80 per oz.
Recap for October 10
- Wheat futures were lower Tuesday, following declines in crude oil prices and Egypt’s purchase of 480,000 tonnes of wheat from Russia. Corn futures were lower as traders awaited harvest reports from the USDA that were delayed due to Monday’s federal holiday. Soybean futures were mostly higher on improved exports. December corn futures ticked down 2¾¢ to settle at $4.85½ per bu; later months were also lower but September 2025 and beyond were higher. Chicago December wheat lost 14¼¢ to close at $5.58½ per bu. Kansas City December wheat dropped 14¾¢ to close at $6.71¼ per bu. Minneapolis December wheat declined 7½¢ to close at $7.23½ per bu. November soybeans gained 7¼¢ to close at $12.71½ per bu; later months were mixed but mostly higher. October soybean meal added $1.10 to close at $372 per ton; later months were mixed but mostly higher. October soybean oil fell 2.14¢ to close at 53.99¢ a lb; later months were mixed but mostly lower.
- US equity markets continued to climb Tuesday. Geopolitical impact on the market was offset by investor supposition that the Federal Reserve had likely concluded its cycle of raising interest rates. Treasury yields slipped back from their 16-year peaks, providing additional support to stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 134.65 points, or 0.40%, to close at 33,739.30. The Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 22.58 points, or 0.52%, to settle at 4,358.24. The Nasdaq Composite added 78.60 points, or 0.58%, to close at 13,562.84.
- US crude oil declined Tuesday. The November West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude future gave back 41¢ to close at $85.89 per barrel.
- The US dollar index weakened Tuesday.
- US gold futures notched gains for a third straight session on Tuesday. The October contract rose $11.50 to close at $1,861.00 per oz.
Recap for October 6
- US crude oil prices rose 4% Monday, mostly in response to war being waged between Israel and Palestine after Hamas militants attacked hundreds of Israeli citizens over the weekend at a music festival near the Gaza border. The November West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude future added $3.59 to close at $86.38 per barrel.
- Wheat futures were higher Monday following the weekend surprise attack on Israeli civilians by Hamas militants, which instilled renewed market uncertainty. Continued concerns about dryness impacting crops in Australia and Argentina also added support. Both corn and soybean futures edged lower on trader positioning ahead of USDA reports due to be released later this week. December corn futures gave back 3¾¢ to settle at $4.88¼ per bu. Chicago December wheat gained 4½¢ to close at $5.72¾ per bu. Kansas City December wheat advanced 12¼¢ to close at $6.86 per bu. Minneapolis December wheat rose 10½¢ to close at $7.31 per bu. November soybeans slipped 1¾¢ to close at $12.64¼ per bu. October soybean meal added $3.30 to close at $370.90 per ton. October soybean oil dropped 1.16¢ to close at 56.13¢ a lb.
- US equity markets were higher as investors processed potential market impacts from the recent Israel-Palestine conflict. Defense-related stocks notched large gains before the closing bell. General Dynamics settled more than 8% higher while Lockheed Martin was up nearly 9% and Northrup Grumman rocketed up more than 11%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 197.07 points, or 0.59%, to close at 33,604.65. The Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 27.16 points, or 0.63%, to settle at 4,335.66. The Nasdaq Composite added 52.90 points, or 0.39%, to close at 13,484.24.
- The US dollar index was slightly higher Monday.
- US gold futures continued to climb Monday. The October contract jumped $19.30 to close at $1,849.50 per oz.