October 29, 2018 / 11:00 AM / 17 days ago

GRAINS-U.S. wheat extends rally as Egypt sale boosts export sentiment

    * Wheat at highest since Oct. 19 after Egypt buys U.S. cargo
    * Reduced Australian wheat crop forecast also supports  
    * Corn and soybeans also rise in broad rebound

 (Updates with European trading, changes byline/dateline)
    By Gus Trompiz
    PARIS, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Chicago wheat extended gains on Monday to reach a
10-day high as a rare Egyptian purchase of U.S. supplies bolstered export
prospects while a steep cut to Australia's harvest forecast underlined
tightening supply among rival  producers.
    Corn and soybeans also gained ground as investors covered positions after
recent losses, though momentum was capped by a bumper U.S. harvest and a trade
dispute between the United States and top soybean importer China.
    The most-active wheat contract on the Chicago Board of Trade was up
0.8 percent at $5.09-3/4 a bushel by 1040 GMT, having earlier touched its
highest since Oct. 19 at $5.15. 
    That added to a 3.7 percent jump in the previous session, when the most
active wheat futures rebounded from a three-month low struck on Thursday.

    Egypt's state grains buyer, the General Authority for Supply Commodities
(GASC), on Friday bought 470,000 tonnes of wheat, including one 60,000 tonne
cargo of U.S. wheat, its first U.S. purchase in a tender since May 2017.

    "Even if this deal will not change the U.S. balance sheet massively, it
demonstrates that American wheat is back on the international stage,"
consultancy Agritel said of the Egyptian purchase.
    Analysts have been expecting a rise in export demand for U.S. wheat because
of a reduced surplus in top supplier Russia.
    However, tepid U.S. shipments so far this season have weighed on prices and
upward revisions to Russian supply helped to curb further gains on Monday.
    Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev raised the country's 2018/19
wheat export estimate at a Friday meeting with major traders, who interpreted it
as a sign that risks of export curbs were easing.
    Russian wheat again claimed the bulk of Egypt's tender purchase on Friday,
with 350,000 tonnes bought along with 60,000 tonnes of Ukrainian wheat and the
U.S. cargo.
    Wheat markets also drew support from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural
and Resource Economics' (ABARES) reduction to its 2018/19 forecast of the
country's drought-hit wheat crop to 16.6 million tonnes, down from its September
estimate of 19.1 million tonnes.
    CBOT soybeans added 0.7 percent to $8.51 a bushel, pulling further
away from last week's one-month low, while corn was up 0.7 percent at
$3.70-1/4, recovering from Thursday's two-week low.
    Traders continue to assess the impact on export demand of a trade dispute
between Washington and Beijing.
    New standards of protein content in animal feed will cut China's annual
soymeal consumption by 11 million tonnes and soybeans by 14 million tonnes,
according to a statement from the agricultural ministry seen on Sunday.

    But oilseed traders played down the potential impact on soy consumption,
saying that rising soymeal and soybean prices would be a far bigger curb on
appetite.
    
    
    
 Prices at 1040 GMT                                                
                              Last  Change    Pct     End   Ytd Pct
                                             Move    2017      Move
  CBOT wheat                509.50    4.25   0.84  427.00     19.32
  CBOT corn                 370.25    2.50   0.68  350.75      5.56
  CBOT soy                  851.00    6.00   0.71  961.75    -11.52
  Paris wheat Dec           202.25   -0.25  -0.12  170.00     18.97
  Paris maize Nov           167.25    1.25   0.75  165.25      1.21
  Paris rape Nov            373.75   -0.25  -0.07  352.75      5.95
  WTI crude oil              67.38   -0.21  -0.31   60.42     11.52
  Euro/dlr                    1.14    0.00   0.04                  
 Most active contracts - Wheat, corn and soy US cents/bushel, Paris
 futures in euros per tonne
 
    

 (Reporting by Gus Trompiz
Editing by David Goodman)
  
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