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Corn Knocking on the Door Again

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Corn Knocking on the Door Again

Jan 05, 2017

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Just a few days into the New Year and corn has made a push back toward the high end of the trading range it has been stuck in for the last 6 months. Just in the last 5 trade sessions marchcorn has rallied from the mid 340s back to the low 360s. This comes at an interesting time of year as January and February can be heavy months for corn. Can corn break out above the high end of the range where it has previouslyfailed time and time again?

The high for March corn in the last 6 months has been 369. On Thursday March corn got to a high of 362 3/4, just over 6 cents from the high. Just last week corn looked like it was about to fall off a cliff and go test contract lows. The turn around has been impressive. But will it last?

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From a technical perspective the corn chart looks very interesting right now. Corn potentially has what is called an inverse head and shoulders formation setting up, which is seen as a good set up for higher prices. In order to negate this positive technical set up March corn would need to close below 345. However, corn does have layers of resistance above as it has tried and failed many times to break out over 370. If corn were able to get through the layers of resistance there is pretty thin trade up to just over 385.

From a fundamental point of view it is hard to argue that corn prices need to break out to the upside given what we know right now. There are a few things that could give corn the boost it needs to go higher but it is too early to say if they will. For example a South American weather problem that did significant damage to their corn crop would certainly be bullish for corn. Or, if the USDA lowered 2016 corn production by lowering yield or acreage or both. But for the moment all of this is yet to be seen. While we have had some hints of South American weather issues there has been nothing to say that this crop is permanently damaged at this point. We will have to keep a close eye on South American weather for a few months yet.

Short of a South American weather problem or a big surprise from the USDA on 2016 production it is tough to imagine corn going sharply higher from here, especially in this time frame. In many years corn has been under significant pressure in the months of January and February as we takeaway South American weather concern and, with a big carry over, have little reason to try to add corn acres. So producers should take note of the recent strength in corn. This may be a good selling opportunity here. It might make sense to wait a few days to see how this plays out before getting too aggressive, but it is a good time to have the “finger on the trigger” so to say.

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MarchCorn Daily chart:

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MarchWheat Dailychart:

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Ted Seifried (312) 277-0113 or tseifried@zaner.com

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