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Market information shows overnight change

Soybean prices have benefitted from shifts on the CBoT, amid gains in oil prices following two days of declining values. The change in the price of a barrel of oil comes as a result of renewed tension in the Middle East.


July 9, 2008
By AgWeb.com/Farm Journal

July 9, 2008

Corn, beans part ways. Soybean futures found support from a rise in oil prices while corn futures continued to feel pressure from crop-favorable weather forecasts. Corn was down 7 1/2 to 10 cents while soybeans rose 5 1/2 to 12 cents, with wheat mixed — down 2 1/2 cents to up 1/2.

Oil market roiled by uncertainty. After two days of declines, oil futures reversed course overnight and headed back higher as Iran injected uncertainty back into the market. Their reported missile test was enough to spook traders and send crude back higher, helping soybeans to gain ground overnight while corn declined.

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