Grain traders follow the money

Grain traders follow the money

Swings by dollar have as much to do with price moves as weather. (Audio)

Heavy rains and the threat of damage to the U.S. wheat crop were one cause of Tuesday’s big rally. But futures also got a lift from a sharply weaker dollar that caused traders to cover bearish bets in commodities. The greenback is rebounding this morning, softening grain futures a little, as volatility in currency markets ramps up ahead of today’s meeting at the European Central Bank.

Senior Editor Bryce Knorr offers his insight into overnight trade, listen using the audio tool on this page.

Currency issues have traders covering bearish bets in commodities, giving prices a lift.

Bryce Knorr first joined Farm Futures Magazine in 1987. In addition to analyzing and writing about the commodity markets, he is a former futures introducing broker and is a registered Commodity Trading Advisor. He conducts Farm Futures exclusive surveys on acreage, production and management issues and is one of the analysts regularly contracted by business wire services before major USDA crop reports. Besides the Morning Call on www.FarmFutures.com he writes weekly reviews for corn, soybeans, and wheat that include selling price targets, charts and seasonal trends. His other weekly reviews on basis, energy, fertilizer and financial markets and feature price forecasts for key crop inputs. A journalist with 38 years of experience, he received the Master Writers Award from the American Agricultural Editors Association.

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