Feed mills in China bought around 120,000 metric tons of corn from the US this week, reported Bloomberg. The first purchases this year as prices recede said two industry executives with direct knowledge of the matter.
Two cargoes, each weighing 60,000 tons, are for delivery in September and October, and are priced between $290 a ton and $300 a ton, said the executives, who asked not to be identified as the deals are private. More sales may have taken place, the executives said, citing conversations with other traders.
Corn futures have tumbled 19% in Chicago since reaching a record $8.49 a bushel in August on speculation that global supplies may increase as the US recovers from a drought. Futures have lost 7.1% this month and traded at $6.8775 a bushel at 4:36 pm in Singapore.
China bought a record of 5.23 million tons of corn in the marketing year ended Sept. 30, and shipments this year are forecast to fall to 2.5 million tons, according to the USDA.
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