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Western Canadian wheat bids up with U.S. futures

MGEX and K.C. March wheats climbed while CBOT March wheat slipped on the week

Wheat bids in Western Canada were mostly up for the week ended Dec. 14 on strength in U.S. futures and a weaker Canadian dollar.

Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were mostly up $2-$7, except in eastern Manitoba where they were down $1, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by PDQ (Price and Data Quotes). Average prices ranged from about $260 per tonne in western Manitoba to as high as $284 in southern Alberta.

Quoted basis levels varied from location to location and ranged from $44 to $67 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$194 to US$212 per tonne. That would put the currency-adjusted basis levels at about US$4-$22 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 $5 to $29 below the futures.

Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat bids were stronger, increasing by $4-$7 per tonne in most locations, except for southwestern Saskatchewan where they were down by $1. Prices ranged from $232 in southeastern Saskatchewan to $255 in southern Alberta.

Average durum prices were slightly higher, with bids ranging anywhere from $214 in northwestern Saskatchewan to $228 in western Manitoba.

The March spring wheat contract in Minneapolis, off of which most CWRS contracts Canada are based, was quoted Dec. 14 at US$5.84 per bushel, up 2.5 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 at US$5.1825 per bushel on Dec. 14, up 6.25 U.S. cents compared to the previous week.

The March Chicago Board of Trade soft wheat contract settled Dec. 14 at US$5.30 per bushel, down 1.25 U.S. cents on the week.

The Canadian dollar was weaker Dec. 14 at 74.74 U.S. cents, down by almost a half-cent on the week.

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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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