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 on speculation that a smaller crop in South America and reduced palm-oil output in Malaysia will increase demand for supplies from the U.S., Mark Schultz, the chief analyst for Northstar Commodity Investment Co. in Minneapolis, said in a telephone interview. Soybean-oil futures are expected to open 0.7 cent to 0.8 cent a pound higher, and soybean-meal futures may open $1 to $2 higher per 2,000 pounds.
-- Wheat futures may open 2 cents to 4 cents a bushel higher on the CBOT, the Kansas City Board of Trade and the Minneapolis Grain Exchange as dry weather will reduce production in Spain, Italy and France and may move north and west in April, increasing demand for U.S. wheat supplies, Schultz said.
-- Corn futures are called to open up 4 cents to 5 cents a bushel in Chicago on speculation that China, the biggest grower after the U.S., will boost imports to cool inflation after domestic grain prices surged, Schultz said.
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