Bill Moore
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Bill Moore

William Moore's market views are centered around his many relationships with Agricultural producers. His weekly newsletter, AGMASTER, provides a blend of fundamental & technical information used to make prudent hedging decisions. Contact Mr. Moore at (312) 264-4337


Since the USDA Jan 12 Crop Report, Mar Beans have gone vertical – amassing 75 cents worth of gains in just 4 trading days! They have been the beneficiary of a plethora of factors – excessive rains in Argentina, a sharply lower dollar & a friendly Jan USDA Report. Even more impressive technically has been the Mar Meal Contract – which today extended to 6 mn highs!



  • EXPORTS – Tues Inspections were 1,409,466 MMT (1.1-1.4)   Thur sales Were 348,000 MT (450-800)
  • USDA JAN 12 REPORT – was interpreted as a little friendly with #’s generally less than expected – albeit, still a record crop! The mkt’s 30 cent rally off The report tells us the record crop is dialed in!

PRODUCTION                 4.307bb (4.374)

YIELD                               52.1 b/a (52.7)

ENDING STOCKS          0.420 BB (0.468)

QTLY STOCKS                 2.895 bb (2.935)

ARG SOY                        57.0 mt (57.07)

BRAZIL SOY                      104.00 MT (102)

GLOBAL STOCKS             82.32 MT (82.58)

  • WEATHER MKT IN SOUTH AMERICA – after talk of record crops in S/A Had been bandied about, excessive rains in Argentina have caused Analysts to dial back their estimates by as much as 3-4 MMT – and this Has definitely got the mkt’s attention!
  • IS THE US DOLLAR TOO HIGH – coming off 14 year highs at the first Of the year, the Mar US $ has broken 300 points – amidst talk the US Currency has finally peaked out – ideas of up to three IR increases In 2017 have softened – giving hope to the grain trade that the Dollar has finally topped out
  • THE TRUMP WILDCARD – Trump was elected because Middle America Wanted a business man not a politician – to run the country – the stock mkt So far has validated with a big “thumbs up”! We feel commodities Could well follow!
  • TRUMPS TOUGH TALK ON TRADE – during his campaign will not translate Into any damage to our trade with China, Mexico, etc – he wants all business To succeed & is not interested in undermining any trade deals

In very quick fashion, Mar Beans have jumped up to the top end of its two-month trading range (985-1075) – mostly on weather concerns from S/A! This action demonstrates how sensitive the Bean complex will be to ANY weather issues in either hemisphere in the next six months! And meal has been the upside leader – always a good thing for Bean rallies!


Mar Corn has clearly ridden the coattails of its sister market – Mar Beans – gaining a meager 7 cents while Mar Beans scored a 65 cent gain – since last Thur’s USDA report! Also supporting corn was a Mar Wht contract – which added to its 35 cent pre-report rally – off the USDA’s news that the WW acreage is the lowest in over 100 years!



  • EXPORTS – Tues Inspections were 888,804 MT (800-1,500) & Thur sales were 603,000 MT (450 -950)

Mon (1-9)   112,500 MT to Unk

Tues             130,000 MT to Taiwan

150,000 MT to Unk

Thur               253,000 MT to Unk

110,000 MT to Japan

Tues               102,944 MT to Unk

  • JAN CROP REPORT – corn had one troublesome # – Qtly Stocks – which was Over estimates – & kept corn’s advances minimal!

PRODUCTION –       15,148 BB   (15,196)

YIELD                         174.6 B/A   (175.1)

ENDING STOCS       2355 BB       (2.389)

QTLY STOCKS           12,384 BB   (12,389)

ARG CORN               36.50 MT     (36.500

BRAZIL CORN           86.50 MT     (86.50)

GLOBAL STOCKS     220.0 MT     (221.9)

  • ARGENTINA – the excessive rains have obviously impacted Beans Much more than corn – but EVENTUALLY corn will catch up- so to Maintain a reasonable Bean/Corn ratio
  • US DOLLAR – a change in the dollar trend from UP to DOWN could Ultimately impact corn more than any South American weather mkt
  • HISTORICALLY CHEAP – being on a 7-8 year low makes corn much more Sensitive to any bullish developments – be it weather, exports and/or The US $!

Mar Corn has factored in the 15.1 BB crop – as the recent USDA Report clearly shows! Going forward, the mkt will assess each new fundamental – but again, from the perspective at a 7-8 year low!


Much like Mar Corn, Mar Wht had a much more muted reaction since the USDA Report – only netting a gain of about 5 cents! Part of the reason is that the mkt had already rallied 30 cents into the report – the very bullish WW acreage # was already factored in & world stocks are expected at record levels! Still, a “rising tide floats all boats” so any S/A weather issues lifting corn & beans will do the same for wheat!



  • EXPORTS – Tues Inspections were 344,436 MT (300-500) – Thur Sales Were 391,000 MT (150-400)
  • USDA JAN REPORT – the WW acreage at over a 100 year low – has been Well documented as such & is thought to be factored in

WW ACREAGE-           32.38 MA (341.3)

ENDING STOCKS-       1.186 BB (1.148)

QTLY STOCKS –           2,073 BB (2.056)

GLOBAL STOCKS         253.29 MT (252.01)

RUSSIA WHT                 61.04 MT (61.04)

  • HEFTY NET SHORT POSITION – could easily give way to short-covering On any perceived good news
  • WINTER KILL DAMAGE – with little snow cover in this so-far mild winter, The WW crop is especially vulnerable
  • HIGHER PRODUCTION FOR ARG & RUSSIA – than expected will only add To the already record global stocks
  • $4.00 WHT IS A 10 YEAR LOW – which was caused by record carryover & resulted in the lowest WW acreage in 106 years

Mar Wht acts like its bottomed but will, as usual, need help from Corn & beans for a sustained rally!


The $64 question is what do Feb Cat do for an encore after their $20 rally since Mid-Oct (98-118)? Reversal action early last week suggested a ”top” but there was no “downside follow thru” as the reversal morphed into a consolidation – followed by new highs! A strong cash mkt & fewer 1st Qtr supplies helped to underpin the mkt!



  • AN OVERBOUGHT MKT – and a weaker tone for pork have suggested a steep Corrective break – which has not materialized
  • A DISCOUNT TO CASH –has been supportive
  • 1ST QTR PRODUCTION –is expected to come in at 385 MP – below the 4th Qtr output
  • ADVERSE JANUARY WEATHER – will always be a positive for Feb Cat – as The production normally drops in harsh conditions
  • AN OPEN INTEREST SURGE – on the recent rally is a positive for the Mkt place
  • A TOPPING US DOLLAR – would be good for exports

Impressively, even after a $20 rally, DEMAND has been stout!


Feb Hogs last new highs were in Mid-Dec following its $18 run-up (48-66) ytet Feb Cat made new highs just this morning! Certainly, a cautionary tale for the Hog Bulls!


  • US PORK EXPORTS –may slow due to the weak peso & our conflicts With Mexico
  • SUPPLY FUNDAMENTALS – for the 1st Qtr looks burdensome
  • MODERATE MIDWEST TEMPS – could well bring out a bigger supply
  • SEASONAL STRENGTH – into the Spring may be muted by big supply
  • A SWEEPING TECH REVERSAL – yesterday could mean a top or At least a consolidation


Questions? Ask Bill Moore today at 312-264-4337


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