Soybean Forecast to Rise on China Import Demand; Corn, Wheat May Gain

What follows are opening calls for U.S. grain and oilseed markets.

-- Soybean futures may open 10 cents to 15 cents a bushel higher on the Chicago Board of Trade after the government announced sales of the oilseed to China, Don Roose, the president of U.S. Commodities Inc. in West Des Moines, Iowa, said in a telephone interview. Soybean-oil futures may open 0.4 cent to 0.5 cent a pound higher, and soybean-meal futures may open up $2 to $3 per 2,000 pounds.

-- Corn futures are called to open 4 cents to 5 cents a bushel higher in Chicago on signs that demand is improving for U.S. exports, Roose said.

-- Wheat futures may open 7 cents to 8 cents a bushel higher on the CBOT, the Kansas City Board of Trade and the Minneapolis Grain Exchange after U.S. exporters boosted sales to Egypt yesterday and unknown buyers today, Roose said.

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MARKETS (AS OF 9:54 A.M. NEW YORK TIME):
                              Last      %Chg
Corn                         $6.4475     0.8
CBOT Wheat                   $6.435      1.3
Soybeans                     $12.765     0.9
Soybean Oil                  $0.54       1.1
Soybean Meal                 $333.30     0.8
WTI Crude Oil                $103.11     0.8
N.Y. Gasoline                $3.027     -0.7
U.S. Dollar Index            79.277     -0.1
S&P 500                      1,361.75    0.3

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