Soybean futures initially rallied for a third straight trading session with the strength of soybean oil demand, but both markets have since retreated and are just below unchanged as of this writing. Soybeans reached a price of $9.90 per bushel earlier in the trading session when soybean oil futures extended their three-day gain at the Chicago Board of Trade.
Soybean futures is considered the “parent” contract of both its by-products – soybean oil, made from pressed soybeans, and soymeal, the left-overs once the oil is removed used for livestock feed. The rally and demand of soybean oil was up as much as 6% twice this week.
“Soybean oil (futures) can very well be leading the pack with talk of strong overseas demand,” said Devin Brady, President of Progressive Trading Group in Sherman Oaks, CA, regarding the fundamental assessment of the soybean futures market. Brady added, “It’s natural for soybean prices itself to rise with the demand of the actual by-product.”
Soybean futures have rolled over to a technical uptrend only last week with lack of follow-through. We can expect more range-bound until July Soybean futures can break through resistance at $9.95, or support at $9.60 per bushel.