Corn futures continue to drift lower on the back of harvest pressure and a lack of flashy bullish headlines. This afternoon’s crop progress report is expected to show corn harvest at 47% complete, well behind the five-year average pace, 64%.
November soybeans finished yesterday’s session near unchanged as we head into November options expiration today. Typically strike prices with high open interest tend to act as a magnet, with many of those being below the market we could see pressure into the weekend.
Earnings and trade optimism have lifted the S&P back to highs of the week. Although it is flirting above a crucial marker at 3008.50, the NQ trails slightly in relevance to highs set Tuesday and last Thursday.
U.S benchmarks started the week off on strong and the S&P extended to one-month highs overnight. A tailwind of positive sentiment comes from Washington and China lauding substantial progress in talks while pointing to the likeliness of an interim deal.