The big market mover in the grain complex today was news that a Senate Bill which has a group of Senators pushing it, would do away with the ethanol mandate. That would be a HUGE thing if it were to pass and somehow become law but sadly, I do not think it will.
The farm lobby is strong and has some powerful friends in that same legislative body. Even if they were to fail to stop this bill from moving forward, signing it into law would undoubtedly tick off the environmental greenie crowd and that is a big supporter of the current administration.
Personally I am opposed to the idea of government "mandating" ethanol. If the product is viable in and of itself, and if the public really wanted it, the free market should determine that. I am opposed to the idea of the government FORCING people to use the stuff.
I understand it has been a real boon to growers, among whom I have some friends, but I also have friends who are in the cattle and hog business. While the by-product of ethanol production, DDGS, is certainly a good animal feed product, I believe that this forced usage of nearly 40% of our total corn crop unnecessarily drives feed costs higher for cattlemen, hog producers and poultry growers. That in turn drives the cost of our meat and poultry higher than it would otherwise be.
I do not like the corrosive affects of the stuff anyway. It tears the heck out of gaskets and such in lawnmowers and ATV's. But, like most government mandated anything, it will more than likely take on a form of immortality.
At least for one day however, we can bask in the hope of no more ethanol mandate. Certainly traders in the corn pit, which got rolled on the news, are having the usual knee-jerk response to news of this nature.
IN surveying the commodity sector today, the majority of the individual futures are mostly down. There are some exceptions - cattle are higher drawing some support off the lower corn prices and to a certain extent, so are hogs. Coffee is higher as is crude oil, but the products are weak with heating oil leading declines over gasoline.
Soybeans are sharply lower and wheat continues to work lower in price. Weakness in the grains is always welcome news to most everyone with the exception of the hard-working farmers who labor to put them on our tables.
Silver is doing its usual thing and swinging all over the place although this time in the downward direction. It cannot seem to stay above $20 for long without attracting a plethora of sellers. Gold has fallen well below the initial chart support between $1250 - $1245. Interestingly enough, the HUI is falling far less than the actual metal. That is most curious and bears watching especially on a day in which we get the IAG news.
Markets very often bottom on bad news so if this is the case, we will hopefully see it. If not, the trend remains lower. Barrick is actually trading higher on the day as I type these comments. Most impressive as it has generated buying as it fell into that price gap from MOnday's trade. Stay tuned on this one... that is no small feat but the day is still not over.
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