Financial Report (10/07/2019) - SYDNEY — U.S. soybean futures edged lower on Thursday, retreating after earlier hitting a 10-day high, as traders squared positions ahead of a U.S. government report that is expected to show lower yield forecasts after recent adverse weather.
* The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were down 0.1 percent at $9.12 a bushel by 0122 GMT, having earlier reached $9.14-1/2 a bushel – the highest since July 1. Soybeans firmed 0.9 percent on Wednesday.
* The most active corn futures were down 0.3 percent at $4.38 a bushel, having closed up 0.5 percent in the previous session.
* The most active wheat futures were down 0.2% at $5.03-1/4 a bushel, having closed up 0.4 percent on Wednesday.
* The USDA will issue its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report on Thursday, which is expected to show lower yield estimates for corn and soybeans.
* Analysts surveyed by Reuters on average expected the government to trim its estimate of the U.S. 2019 corn yield to 165.0 bushels per acre (bpa), from 166.0 bpa in June, and lower its soybean yield estimate to 48.6 bpa, from 49.5 in June.
* The USDA on Monday rated 57% of the U.S. corn crop as good to excellent, up from 56% the previous week.
* Soybean ratings declined, with 53% of the oilseed crop seen as good to excellent, down from 54% a week earlier.
* Warmer weather in the heart of the U.S. Midwest this week has raised concern about potential crop stress. But the warm spell may also benefit crops by drying out soggy fields and accelerating plant growth.
* The dollar was soft on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell set the stage for a rate cut later this month, vowing to “act as appropriate” to ensure the world’s biggest economy will be able to sustain a decade-long expansion.
* U.S. oil futures hit their highest in over a month on Thursday as a potential hurricane threatened crude output in the Gulf of Mexico and as an incident involving a British tanker in the Middle East highlighted ongoing tensions there.
* U.S. stocks ended higher and the S&P 500 index briefly crossed the 3,000-point mark for the first time on Wednesday as remarks by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell reassured investors about the potential for an interest rate cut later this month.
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