July 2019 Ags Update


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Options update

  • Grain/Oilseed Weeklies: record open interest on June 27 (66K) going into the USDA Planting Intention number resulting in a record volume day June 28 (40,211)
  • Second highest Average Daily Volume in June for Corn options
  • KC Wheat options hit record open interest (OI) on June 20 of 109K contracts
  • Soybean implied volatility decreasing, call skew increasing through the month of June
  • Record OI in Lean Hog options (467K) on June 17
  • Dry Whey: Tied for record options OI on June 4of 3,788

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Black Sea update

  • Record Black Sea Wheat futures daily volume on July 1 of 3,790 lots
  • Record Black Sea Wheat futures and options OI of 37k lots on July 1
  • H1 2019 Black Sea volumes +100% YoY to 108K

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Ag TAS: Did you know?

TAS is an order type that allows a participant to buy or sell futures at any time, equal to or near the yet-to-be determined settlement price.

TAS is available on Corn, Chicago Wheat, KC Wheat, Soybeans, Meal, Oil, Live Cattle, Feeder Cattle and Lean Hogs futures at CME Group.

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