SYDNEY, May 23 (Reuters) - U.S. corn fell on Thursday as
traders banked profits after the grain surged nearly 3 percent
in the previous session on news of strong demand from China.
* Chicago Board Of Trade July corn fell 0.38 percent
to $6.56 a bushel, having gained 2.89 percent in the previous
* July soybeans were little changed at $14.93-1/4 a
bushel, having firmed 1.08 percent on Wednesday.
* July wheat fell 0.11 percent to $6.87-3/4 a bushel
after firming 1.18 percent in the previous session.
* Private exporters reported the sale of 360,000 tonnes of
U.S. corn to China, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on
* Another 180,000 tonnes was sold to an unidentified buyer,
which traders said was likely China since it is the only country
that typically buys such large quantities at one time.
* The U.S. Energy Information Administration said on
Wednesday that weekly U.S. ethanol output rose 18,000 barrels
per day to 875,0000 barrels and stocks fell to 16.19 million
* Lingering concerns about crop development this summer
added support to corn, even after U.S. farmers' most active
planting week ever allowed them to finish the bulk of their corn
* USDA pegged corn planting at 71 percent complete as of
Sunday, up from 28 percent a week earlier.
* Much of the corn was seeded after May 15. That raises the
risk of the crop pollinating this summer under the stress of
high temperatures, which could reduce yields.
* Additionally, some rain showers could cause temporary
delays to the final planting push during the next 10 days.
* Soybeans under pressure from weakening cash market.
Soybean spot basis bids continued to plunge around the U.S.
Midwest on Wednesday as a fifth straight day of gains in futures
spurred more sales from farmers and commercial elevators,
* Scores of grains ships were delayed in and around
Argentina on Wednesday due to a three-day-old strike by port
workers that threatens to bog down exports at a time of
heightened world demand for South American soy and corn, sources
* The dollar hovered at a near three-year high against a
basket of major currencies in Asia on Thursday, having risen
broadly as Treasury yields jumped on the prospect that the
Federal Reserve might scale back its stimulus programme this
* Oil prices fell on Wednesday as a rise in U.S. gasoline
inventories prompted selling, then crude extended losses in late
trading after minutes from a Federal Reserve policy meeting sent
U.S. stock markets down.
* U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday with the S&P 500 posting its
biggest decline in three weeks, after minutes from the latest
U.S. Federal Reserve meeting showed some officials were open to
tapering large-scale asset purchases as early as at the June
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Grains prices at 0016 GMT
Contract Last Change Pct chg Two-day chg MA 30 RSI
CBOT wheat 687.75 -0.75 -0.11% +1.07% 703.98 43
CBOT corn 656.00 -2.50 -0.38% +2.50% 641.12 45
CBOT soy 1493.25 -1.00 -0.07% +1.01% 1398.23 60
CBOT rice $15.35 $0.01 +0.03% +1.09% $15.36 57
WTI crude $94.03 -$0.25 -0.27% -2.22% $93.09 42
Euro/dlr $1.283 -$0.003 -0.22% -0.60%
USD/AUD 0.965 -0.004 -0.43% -1.50%
Most active contracts
Wheat, corn and soy US cents/bushel. Rice: USD per hundredweight
RSI 14, exponential
(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Richard Pullin)