Soybean export sales came in at only 420 thousand metric tons. China was absent from the buyers list, maybe because there was an unknown purchase of 112K which is too small to mention. Due to the drought in Malaysia and Indonesia cutting palm oil production sharply, we have created a fear that soy oil will be needed to replace its needs. Last week’s planted acreage report had everyone saying it is not what you plant but what you grow. Under normal weather conditions, the numbers suggested for planting are accepted and traders begin to watch weather and its impact on yields. But this year is different because of the record rains in March in the Southern Delta and too much rain in the Midwest. It is common thinking that we will plant less corn and more beans, the original numbers might change. Note: 1 million acres or more planted and 3% yield decline pushes ending stocks to 460 million bushels. If acres are up 1 million and a 3% yield increase occurs, ending stocks may push 700 million bushels. Once we have determined what acres will be planted in actuality in the next 30 days then traders will use weather and its impact on yield potential for 90 percent of their pricing influence.
Using recent rallies already this week that have taken soybeans up and through support levels I would look for some topping action in the soy complex as the market has reached some overbought levels on the RSI and MACD. I would look at buying the July Soybean 9.00 put for a purchase price of 7 cents, or in cash value $350.00. The risk on the trade is the purchase price and all commissions and fees.
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