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Wheat Drops to Lowest Since June on Sign of Slowing U.S. Exports

January 04, 2013

Wheat futures fell to the lowest since June on signs of declining demand for supplies from the U.S., the world’s biggest exporter.

Shippers sold 402,439 metric tons in the week through Dec. 27, down 60 percent from the prior week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report today. The Christmas holiday on Dec. 25 and lower prices from other exporters accounted for the decline, said Mike Zuzolo, the president of Global Commodity Analytics & Consulting in Lafayette, Indiana.

Overseas importers are “still able to find lower-priced wheat and more-strategically placed wheat instead of having to come to the U.S.,” Zuzolo said by telephone.

Wheat futures for March delivery slumped 0.7 percent to $7.505 a bushel at 10:31 a.m. on the Chicago Board of Trade, after touching $7.4875, the lowest since June 29. The price through yesterday plunged 13 percent since the end of November.

In the U.S., wheat is the fourth-largest crop, valued at $14.4 billion in 2011, behind corn, soybeans and hay, government data show.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tony C. Dreibus in Chicago at tdreibus@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steve Stroth at sstroth@bloomberg.net


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