FOB Gulf Grain-Soybeans firm, corn and wheat steady

CHICAGO, May 16 (Reuters) – U.S. FOB Gulf grain and soybean values were mostly steady at the close on Friday, with new-crop soybeans showing the most strength, traders said.

* FOB soybean offers for May/June loadings were unchanged from Thursday at 95 cents a bushel over while new-crop were up 5 cents. November loadings were offered at 110 cents over November futures.

* Traders said old-crop values are uncompetitive against Brazil and Argentina, but a strong U.S. processor basis continues to support CIF and FOB soy values. Decatur, Illinois, processor bids rose 5 cents to 45 over futures late Friday.

* Thursday’s NOPA crush data for April was the highest for that month in five years.

* USDA reported 180,000 tonnes 2014/15 soybeans sold to unknown on Friday morning along with 40,000 tonnes of soybean oil to China from old-crop beans.

* CBOT July soybeans ended 5-1/4 lower at $14.65, while November ended 3-3/4 up at $12.21-1/2, as the spread continued to weaken.

* FOB corn values were steady, with May at 95 over July and June/July at 85 over. New-crop Argentine corn is slowly coming to ports, but will not be a factor in the world market for another month or so, traders.

* CBOT July corn closed 3/4 cent lower $4.83-1/2. This week’s break in futures slowed corn movement and firmed up interior bids, especially with most farmers in the field planting.

* FOB wheat basis values of hard red and soft red stayed steady after the eighth straight day of falling futures prices. Texas Gulf HRW basis offers were 155 over KC July futures, with June at 148 over. SRW May first half was quoted 87 over CBOT and last half at 82 over, all unchanged.

* But traders noted the nearby HRW CIF basis broke late Friday, falling 10 cents.

* Chicago July wheat ended 4 cents down at $6.74-1/4. Kansas City July wheat closed 11 lower at $7.67-3/4.

* High U.S. prices have come down this week as long awaited rains helped the southern wheat belt. But Egypt’s GASC in their overnight tender sent another message to the U.S. market buying one cargo of Ukraine wheat for June 20-30 shipment at $289 FOB.

* Bunge offered SRW wheat at $282.87 FOB, but the offer was disqualified for a clerical error.

* Traders are awaiting news from China’s soy and corn auctions set for May 20. China will sell 300,000 tonnes of soybeans from state reserves and 1.0 million tonnes of corn. (Reporting by Christine Stebbins. Editing by Andre Grenon)

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