* Grains closed today for MLK holiday. Crude -.06, dollar +.09, gold even and the Dow +10.
* “Implementation Day” to lift sanctions with Iran is upon us after the UN inspection OK over the weekend. Concern over fresh global supplies had crude open lower overnight but has recovered losses and is trading almost unchanged.
* CFTC data Friday showed spec money in the corn market into record large short positions as of last Tuesday. Strength late last week likely tied to short covering of positions.
* The short spec positions, coupled with the export outlook looking more optimistic for the US’ ability to compete with South American offers had corn finish with the best performance of four weeks.
* South American weather continues favorable. The wet parts of Brazil have gotten some dry weather and the dry parts have gotten rain. Dry areas in Argentina on the market radar.
* Ethanol profitability running -.10/gal.
* Grains will re-open tonight at 7:00pm CT for normal trade.
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