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What to expect from the markets this week, January 15, 2018

Varied outlook for commodities

Rice seems to have more weakness than strength, cotton is making a slow move up, soybeans need to build on recent gain, corn is searching for a low, and wheat seems to have more price weaknesses. That’s the gist of commodity activities for the week of January 15.

 

Market “Near Term” Snap Shot

Rice: This market likely has more weakness than strength as market participants digest potential of significant expansion of 2018 U.S. long grain rice planted acres (Charts 38 and 39)

Cotton: Cotton prices are in a slow grind to the upside. Closing and holding above 88.50-cents implies possible significantly higher prices (Chart 40 to 42)   

Soybeans: A complex market that needs to build on Friday’s price strength, or consideration must be given to revisiting the 2017 low of $9.00 (Charts 32 to 34)

Corn: Searching for a low, so assume bearish until price action becomes more supportive of a bullish case and give consideration to prices possibly moving to their previous 2016 lows of $3.15 or below (Charts 35 to 37)

Wheat: Wheat appears to have additional price weakness into the 3.90 area (Charts 43 to 45) 

10-year Treasury Yield: Consolidating with new highs possible to 2.75 (Charts 1 to 3)

U.S. Dollar: A significant decline is now underway, so first give consideration to 87 before correcting and moving lower (Charts 4 to 6)

Oil $WTIC: Fundamentals and global uncertainties increasingly supportive of this market. Price action to $73-plus a consideration (Charts 29 to 31)

$CRB Commodity Index: Macro factors and chart structure imply continued cautious optimism, though some back filling may be in order (Charts 26 and 28) 

S&P 500: Trend remains up, but a cautionary time period (Chart 14)

Global Equities Excluding U.S. and Canada: Trend remains up, momentum regained (Chart 16)

Feeder Cattle: Bullish    

In addition to the following “Expanded near Term Market Outlook Considerations for Week Beginning January15, 2018”

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This Week’s Select Summary Considerations:

 

10-Year US Treasury Yield:

  • Consolidating with new highs possible to 2.75
  • Higher yields have been in part a function of U.S. and Global market intervention activities designed to extend domestic and global growth and the business cycles
  • Lower yields are a function of: Demand, Economic Weakness, Event Risk Concerns, or Other Market Concerns/Factors could take the yield lower

U.S. Dollar Index:

  • A significant decline is now underway, so first give consideration to 87 before correcting and moving lower
  • Given global macro considerations coupled with no significant global anomaly event moving forward this index may have some serious weakness
  • Unless Middle East, North Korean, European, Venezuelan or other anomaly events start to dominate market participant decisions, then we are still in search of a major low for the dollar

CRB Index:

  • Macro factors and chart structure imply continued cautious optimism, though some back filling may be in order
  • Global Government and Central Bank actual and anticipated intervention indicate a slow fruit bearing process underway
  • Bigger Picture: Though dangerously spastic, global macro and growth forces in general remain supportive of the commodity sector

$WTIC Light Crude Oil:

  • Fundamentals and global uncertainties increasingly supportive of this market
  • Price action to $73-plus a consideration 
  • A complex and volatile market focused on global uncertainties like Saudi Arabian and Iranian building friction, other Middle East challenges, North Korea, market structure, geopolitical considerations and building possibilities of a Venezuelan civil war are just some additional considerations, all  deserve heightened respect in a world with building economic, social, political and homeland security uncertainties

Soybeans:

  • A complex market that needs to build on Friday’s price strength, or consideration must be given to revisiting the 2017 low of $9.00
  • A world awash in liquidity, building economic momentum and many hard assets seemingly overvalued, be careful not to overlook the possible attractiveness of this asset to speculators, investors and end-users
  • Simply stated watch the price action to define soybean price dynamics

Corn:

Searching for a low, so assume bearish until price action becomes more supportive of a bullish case and give consideration to prices possibly moving to their previous 2016 lows of $3.15 or below

Long Grain Rice:

  • This market likely has more weakness than strength as market participants digest potential of significant expansion of 2018 U.S. long grain rice planted acres
  • Remain aware of potential near term uncertain global economic crosscurrents related to currencies, bonds, equities and commodities as they go through a rebalancing process

Cotton:

Cotton prices are in a slow grind to the upside. Closing and holding above 88.50-cents implies possible significantly higher prices

Wheat:

Wheat appears to have additional price weakness into the 3.90 area

SPY SPDR S&P 500 ETF:

  • Trend remains up, but a cautionary time period
  • Consolidation or correction desirable not required 
  • Allow price action to provide guidance

$COMPQ Nasdaq Composite:

  • Passive investors have lifted this market to a level that one must now focus on the risk vs reward of holding the index near term
  • Allow price action to provide guidance

EFA iShares ETF - Global Equities Excluding U.S. and Canada:

  • Trend remains up
  • Momentum regained
  • Allow price action to provide guidance

EEM iShares ETF, Emerging Market Equities:

  • A cautionary time, but momentum regained
  • Allow price action to provide guidance

 

Bobby Coats is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. E-mail: [email protected]

 

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