It’s a fluid situation’ was the phrase of the week as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic infected everything it touched. The grains and oilseeds were not immune to the large swings seen in the global financial markets, but did manage to hold up reasonably well, all things considered. Social isolation, quarantines, travel restrictions and general worldwide
Every week the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) releases its Commitments of Traders (COT) report. But just how committed are the traders shown in those trading activity reports? When you look at what traders can also do in the cash, over-the-counter and physical markets associated with those futures contracts, it’s difficult to say for sure. This
Within the span of six weeks, commodity funds dumped bullish bets in Chicago-traded corn futures and options without the market’s knowledge. Market participants were under the impression that speculators closed out January relatively optimistic toward the grains. However, data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) confirmed otherwise on Feb. 19. Hedge funds and
ICE canola futures fell to fresh contract lows during the week ended Feb. 22, but did manage to find some support to the downside as values eventually consolidated near the bottom edge of their long-term trading range. The focus in the futures has shifted from the March contract to the May, with intermonth spreading a
ICE Futures canola contracts trended lower in the front months during the week ended Feb. 15, moving below chart support in the process as a number of factors conspired to weigh on values. The nearby March contract fell below the psychological $480-per-tonne level on Feb. 14, setting the stage for a test of the nearby
ICE Futures canola contracts held within a narrow range during the week ended Feb. 8, but trended higher overall, with a weaker tone in the Canadian dollar providing some support. The currency lost roughly a full cent relative to its U.S. counterpart over the course of the week, settling at 75.36 U.S. cents on Feb.
While cattle prices are starting to soften across most of Western Canada, Manitoba is finding itself as the exception. “In Manitoba things aren’t looking too bad. They’ve got some options there, their price has almost been a premium, or some of the strongest in Western Canada,” said Brian Perillat, manager and senior analyst at Canfax.
Wheat bids in Western Canada were down for another week, as trade tensions continued to weigh on U.S. futures markets. Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down by $6 to $13 per tonne across the Prairie provinces, according to price quotes from a cross-section
The ICE Futures Canada canola market continued to trend lower during the week ended June 8. The front-month July contract gave way to the November contract month as the dominant value, as traders roll into the new crop. November sunk below the $510-per-tonne mark and closed at $511.10, down $11.90 from June 1. Fund liquidation
A weaker Canadian dollar combined with rising U.S. futures drove wheat bids in Western Canada higher for the week ended May 18. Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent) wheat prices were up by $10-$11 per tonne across the Prairie provinces, according to price quotes from a cross-section of