Grain markets were mostly quiet overnight with corn and wheat posting fractional changes while soybeans advanced around 3 cents a bushel. In outside markets, the US dollar inched higher after being routed in the last two trade sessions while crude oil and stock futures also were quiet, posting modest gains.
Thursday, Stats Canada estimated all wheat stocks there at 20.7 MMT versus expectations of 21.8, while canola stocks were pegged at 12.1 MMT up from expectations of 11.5. Overnight, Egypt had only 4 offers on its wheat tender as their quality restrictions continue to impede grain companies in offering supplies.
For South America, weather models point to favorable growing conditions as most of Argentina’s driest areas will get adequate rains next week. Production potentials will likely be restored near normal and the bottom line for Argentina is still a very good production year. In the meantime, Brazil will experience a favorable mix of rain and dry weather during the next two weeks supporting good crop development for nearly all of the nation.
The wait for U.S. monthly jobs numbers steadied stock markets on Friday and allowed the dollar to recover after what has so far been its weakest week in more than six years. After posting a strong number of 292,000 in December, January Non Farm Payroll is expected to cool down within the range of 170K to 245K while the unemployment rate is expected to hover in between 4.9% to 5% range. The actual report released at 7:30 am CDT this morning showed weaker than expected payroll numbers of 151,000 but the unemployment rate ticked down to 4.9%. Silver futures continued to inch higher overnight as weakness in the US economy is spurring prices to reach their highest mark since November.