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Prairie wheat bids up with U.S. futures, dollar changes little

Minneapolis and Kansas City March wheat are up while CBOT wheat slips on the week

Wheat bids in Western Canada were mostly down for the week ended Jan. 18, supported by gains in most U.S. futures markets as the Canadian dollar was virtually unchanged for the week.

Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent) wheat prices were up $2-$3, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by PDQ (Price and Data Quotes). Average prices ranged from about $249 per tonne in southeastern Saskatchewan to as high as $270 in southern Alberta.

Quoted basis levels varied from location to location and ranged from $38 to $59 per tonne above the futures when using the grain company methodology of quoting the basis as the difference between U.S. dollar-denominated futures and Canadian dollar cash bids.

When accounting for currency exchange rates by adjusting Canadian prices to U.S. dollars, CWRS bids ranged from US$188 to US$204 per tonne. That would put the currency-adjusted basis levels at about US$7-$23 below the futures.

Looking at it the other way around, if the Minneapolis futures are converted to Canadian dollars, CWRS basis levels across Western Canada range from $10 to $31 below the futures.

Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat bids were stronger, increasing by around $2 per tonne. Prices ranged from $224 in southeastern Saskatchewan to $246 per tonne in southern Alberta.

Average durum prices were up, with bids ranging anywhere from $221 in northwestern Saskatchewan to $237 in western Manitoba.

The March spring wheat contract in Minneapolis, off of which most CWRS contracts Canada are based, was quoted Jan. 18 at US$5.7425 per bushel, up 4.25 U.S. cents from the previous week.

Kansas City hard red winter wheat futures, traded in Chicago, are more closely linked to CPSR in Canada. The March K.C. wheat contract was quoted Jan. 18 at US$5.06 per bushel, up 1.5 U.S. cents compared to the previous week.

The March Chicago Board of Trade soft wheat contract settled at US$5.1775 per bushel on Jan. 18, down by 1.75 U.S. cents on the week.

The Canadian dollar was virtually unchanged on the week at 75.41 U.S. cents, down 0.01 of a U.S. cent.

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Glen Hallick writes for MarketsFarm specializing in grain and commodity market reporting. He previously reported for Postmedia newspapers in southern Manitoba and the province’s Interlake region.

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