10-10-2019: November Rough Rice: Muted Export Demand Due to Trade Policies

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Point & Figure

Internal Progrm
Third System

Historic Range

Random Chart
Calendar Spread

Level Table
Other Factors

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Rice is in a very stable pricing zone right now, makiing it harder to predict what it will do next. We had to double-weight our already weak interpretation of the news in order to break a tie in our Decision Matrix made up mainly of technical indicators. If it is in a trading zone, tghen we think it is currently about in the middle of that zone, possibly headed downward, but one might best wait until it reaches well-defined previous supporet and resistance levels before jumping into a trade. Crop conditions generally look normal to good in a world where trade barriers have distorted the picture somewhat and caused a backup in the rice inventory chain. We think the chances are it will go a little lower from here before going higher.

Intermarket Analysis

We fed Rough Rice, Soybeans, and Soybean Meal into a neural network to get the following result:

Parabolic Chart

November Rough Rice:

Parabolic Chart

Nirvana Chart

November Rough Rice:

Initial Chart

News Analysis

In Arkansas, many farmers are finishing their rice harvest and beginning soybean harvest. Others were preparing fields for next year's crop. Yields remain good. Rains received last week will slow things up in some counties while dry conditions caused concern for wild fires in other counties. Recently, modest sales increases were shown for the rice export market. A net total of 41,600 MT was on the low side of positive for the market in recent exports, but consistent sales in excess of 65,000 MT per week are needed to help keep the trade moving and year end carryout stocks under control. In Asian markets, benchmark pricing slipped slightly downward. Much of price fluctuations have to do with turmoil in international markets and politics. Some local supply and demand factors are playing into the Asian pricing as well. Projections for exports remain flat. Overall quality on the U.S. rice harvest seems good with minimal reports of damage.

There is muted demand for Indian rice despite price correction. Vietnamese rice rates edged up from a 12-year low benefitting from higher Thai rates. Concerns over supply persist due to floods in northeastern Thailand that have damaged rice growing areas. This does not seem to have had an immediate impact on rice prices, traders said. Buyers seem to be heading to Vietnam as prices in Thailand are a lot higher. Bangladesh is considering providing a subsidy to farmers who suffered a double blow of low rice prices and high harvesting costs, in an effort to reduce production costs and boost domestic output according to its agricultural minister. To make it profitable, they must use more machinery with the subsidy helpling farmers to buy machinery and minimize labor costs. Dhaka has been unable to clinch overaseas deals since a long-standing export ban was lifted in May, as its rice ismore expensive than India's or Thailand's, despite a recent fall in local prices.

Most rice shipments from Vietnam will be bound for West Africa and Malaysia.

Matthew Morell of the International Rice Research Institute said that traditional rice farming has to adapt as the world urbanizes. That includes using less water and increasing mechanization.

Climate change is expected to increase cost of farm programs. The Federal Crop Insurance Program, Agricultural Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage, and other programs of the USDA costs are expected to increase as weather averages and extremes change over the coming decades. Analyzed were direct impact of climate on yield risk, indirect effect of yield risk on price risk, and the impact of changed average yeild, production, and price on the total value insured. Total liabilities significance exceeded price volatility and yield volatility on the cost, although all factors were found to be significant. Insurance prices would be about 3.5% higher with a climate similar to the recent past, but under a higher emissions scenario, the cost increase could be 22%.

Mexico in September banned imports of Uruguayan rice after finding a khapra beetle in a container earlier this month. The National Health Service, Food Safety and Food Quality (SENASICA) in Mexico ha withdrawn Uruguay from the list of approved countries that can supply milled rice to Mexico. Uruguay had a 60% share for Mexico's milled rice imports so far this year. The U.S, as the second largest supplier, has an opportunity to showcase the quality and reliability of U.S. milled rice to the trade in Mexico while Uruguay is out of the market. Argentina, Brazil, Guyana, India, Italy, Paraguay, Thailand, and Vietnam can also supply milled rice to Mexico. Their combined exports to Mexico in the first eight months of 2019 amounted to less than 5,000 metric tonnes. Uruguay has supplied 72,000 MT and the U.S. 45,000 MT.

Lots of rain in MIssouri helped rice farmers reduce water bills, but hindered spraying and fertilizing in a timely manner. Lack of grass control increased populations of rice stinkbugs. Sopme fields were sprayed twice. The yields are a little below average. Acreage for rice in Missouri is down between 20% and 30% from the previous year.

The forecast for worldwide output of milled rice for the current crop year was lowered by 3.8 million MT to 513.5 MT, due to unfavorable weather in major rice-growing countries including the Phillippines, according to the United Nation's Food and Agricultural Organization. The all-time production high was last year at 517.3 million tons. Decreases are described as "small."

Our assessment of the current news is that rice prices are described by many sources as "stable" but are oscillating about current levels making for reactive trading opportunities. A trading range of roughly 11.40 to 12.40 per hundredweight. We appear to be in the middle of that range but headed downward. Muted demand from Asia appears to be the most significant news factor.

Point & Figure Chart

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The above chart is giving a conventional sell signal.

Cyclical and Seasonal Factors

We are headed toward a cyclical high and a seasonal down period.

Cyclicals Cyclicals Seasonals

Internal Program

Our best-performing internal program is "Pattern". It is giving a sell signal.

Internal Printout 1 Internal Printout 2

Results of "Pattern" for Rough Rice (blue lines = successful trades, red, unsuccessful): (Always in the market.)


Third System Confirmation

Our third system has triggered a sell signal. (Note, disregard the year on the chart. Our regular readers know this is not a Y2K-compliant system, but it still works.)

Third System


The point value is $200 when price quoted 10X exchange price. Initial margin on a single contract is $825. Use of options is not advised.

Historic Range

Scale trade buyers are entering the market for the long term in this price range.-->

Historical Chart

Commitment of Traders

Commitment 1

In the chart below, the yellow line is the futures price, read on the right axis. All other colors are read on the left axis. Blue is small speculators. Red is large speculators. Green is commercials. Large speculators with the best track record are getting increasingly-long.

Commitment 2

Interpretation of a Different Site Below (Their trader categories may vary from ours):

Commitment 3

Volatility / Probable Range

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The average volatility shown below suggests that a change in major trend to up is imminent near a volatility low point.

Range/Volatilitiy Chart

Possible Future Prices

Random Chart

Option Recommendation

Our option trade recommendation is to Sell (1) Rough Rice January 120 Call and Buy (1) Rough Rice January 124 Call @ 1.59 to the Sell Side or Better.

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Calendar Spread

What the Nov. - Mar. calendar spread suggests to us is that buying the near contract and selling the far one is at most times not profitable, which we think is a sign that these futures may go down in the long run. The best time to enter or leave the above spread is when it is at -0.15 or narrower buying the far as prices are rising and then selling the near, and exiting or entering when it is at -0.48 or wider selling the far as prices are falling and then buying the near. At this time, we appear to be at the sell the far, buy the near point.

Level Table:

Level Table

The path of least resistance is up.

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127.0|                                                                  T 10/ 8
 CBT - Nov-19 Rough Rice, 200,000 lbs., $/mw Cm.=0.01  Lim.= 1.0
107.0|-A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-J-K-L-M-N-O-P-Q-R-S-T-U-V-W-X-Y-Z----|----|-- TPO=-0.967
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Other Factors

Multiple Chart Indicators Summary
Multiple Chart Indicators Summary

Here's an intraday chart for a previous day ( 10/09 ).

Intraday Chart

                 Risk Versus Opportunity Report

                 RRX9    November Rough Rice

                      High Price:  12.16
                   Current Price:  11.84
                       Low Price:  11.18

                            Risk: -0.055
                     Opportunity: -0.113

                    (O/R) Ratio =  2.063

Overall Recommendation

Decision Weighting Factors
FactorsWeighted Points
Inter-Market Analysis + 1
Parabolic Chart - 1
Nirvana Chart + 1
News - 2
Point & Figure - 1
Cyclicals + 1
Seasonals - 1
Internal System 1 - 1
Internal System 2 0
Third System - 1
Historic Range + 1
Commitment of Traders + 1
Range/Volatility + 1
Level Table + 1
Other Factors - 1
Total - 1
Place 10 November Rough Rice on a Sell Watch with stoploss @ +3.18 above the get-in point when recent price is represented as "118.40".