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Flooding In Argentina May Delay Soy Crop Harvesting

By IFC Markets (Ara Zohrabian)ForexApr 12, 2017 07:13AM ET
www.investing.com/analysis/technical-analysis-c-soybm-:-2017-04-12-200182434
Flooding In Argentina May Delay Soy Crop Harvesting
By IFC Markets (Ara Zohrabian)   |  Apr 12, 2017 07:13AM ET
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Storms, floods, and rains in the western part of Argentina may delay harvesting of soy crops in 2016/17 agricultural season. Will the prices of soybean meal rise?

Argentina is the 3rd largest soybean producer in the world. According to forecasts, its soy crop should be 56.5 mln tonnes. Currently, only 5.9% of planted area is harvested. Previously, soy prices have been declining for 5 straight weeks, for the first time in the last 30 months. Another factor which may support prices is the upward revision of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture forecasts. The soybean imports to China may increase to 86.55 mln tonnes in 2016/17 season from the previously expected 85.31 mln tonnes.

The soybean consumption may rise to 100.81 mln tonnes from 99.87 mln tonnes. Note, that on Tuesday, at 19-00 CET the review on grain crop and stocks will be released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). It may markedly impact the prices. The preliminary forecasts were rather optimistic, if they are revised down, it may disappoint market participants.

Soybean Daily Chart
Soybean Daily Chart

On the daily timeframe, SOYBM: D1 is in the downtrend. The upward reversal of prices is possible in case of deterioration of weather conditions in Argentina and decrease of the USDA forecasts.

  • The Parabolic indicator gives bullish signals.
  • The Bollinger bands® have widened, which means higher volatility.
  • The RSI is in the oversold zone. It has formed a positive divergence.
  • The MACD gives bullish signals.


The bullish momentum may develop in case SOYBM exceeds the last fractal high and the resistance line of the downtrend at 315. This level may serve as the entry point. The initial stop-loss may be placed below the Parabolic signal, the Bollinger bands and the annual low at 295. After opening the pending order, we shall move the stop to the next fractal low following the Bollinger and Parabolic signals.

Thus, we are changing the potential profit/loss to the breakeven point. More risk-averse traders may switch to the 4-hour chart after the trade and place there a stop-loss moving it in the direction of the trade. If the price meets the stop level at 295 without reaching the order at 315 we recommend cancelling the position: the market sustains internal changes that were not taken into account.

Summary of technical analysis:

Position: Buy
Buy stop: 315
Stop loss: 295

Flooding In Argentina May Delay Soy Crop Harvesting
 

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Flooding In Argentina May Delay Soy Crop Harvesting

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