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Markets flat despite trade hopes

Wall Street soars but futures lag (audio)

U.S. and Chinese officials over the weekend talked up potential for signing the first phase of a trade deal, optimism that helped stock markets around the world rally today. But while U.S. index futures set new records, grain markets struggled with only soybeans holding above water. Traders may be cautious into Friday’s USDA reports, which feature updated production estimates for corn and soybeans.

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