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Wheat Swings After Touching an All-Time High on Supply Shocks

  • U.S. crop report due Wednesday in focus amid Black Sea chaos
  • Traders take profits as prices climb by exchange limits
Wheat is loaded onto a bulk carrier at a port in Australia on March 4.

Wheat is loaded onto a bulk carrier at a port in Australia on March 4.

Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg
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Wheat futures swung wildly between gains and losses Tuesday after climbing to unprecedented heights as Russia’s attack on Ukraine disrupts global food supplies.

Prices in Chicago earlier leaped to a record $13.635 a bushel before plunging as much as 7.1%. The world is facing a huge supply shock as the war cuts off shipments from a region that accounts for a quarter of the grain’s trade. Futures have climbed by the exchange limit for the past six days.