CBOT futures plunge amid trade tensions,favorable weather

Chicago Board of Trade futures settled much lower on Monday amid massive selling triggered by concerns over trade tensions between China and the United States.[Photo/IC]

CHICAGO – Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) futures settled much lower on Monday amid massive selling triggered by concerns over trade tensions between China and the United States.

CBOT grain prices also plunged as crop-favorable rain fell over the weekend in the US Midwest.

Brokers estimated that funds sold 6,500 contracts of soybeans,5,200 contracts of wheat and 12,000 contracts of corn.

Following a two-day economic and trade consultations between high-ranking Chinese and US officials in Beijing, the Chinese side issued a statement on Sunday.

“To implement the consensus reached in Washington, the two sides have had good communication in various areas such as agriculture and energy, and have made positive and concrete progress while relevant details are yet to be confirmed by both sides,” said the statement.

“All economic and trade outcomes of the talks will not take effect if the US side imposes any trade sanctions including raising tariffs,” the statement added.

The lack of assurance that the US would not raise tariffs against Chinese goods left CBOT traders disappointed, said market observers.

As a result, CBOT soybeans, a key agricultural product the US exports to China, slid sharply.

Corn futures also suffered double-digit losses as rain fell over the weekend in the Midwest areas and temperature rose, favorable for corn growing.

On Monday, the most active corn contract for July delivery fell 10.75 cents, or 2.75 percent to settle at $3.8075 per bushel. July wheat delivery went down 18 cents, or 3.44 percent to close at $5.0525 per bushel. July soybeans were down 19.5 cents, or 1.91 percent to settle at $10.0175 per bushel.

This article provided by NewsEdge.