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It was an erratic and somewhat volatile day of trade for grain and soy futures. Financial markets also experienced an uptick in volatility, and this may have rubbed off on grains and the soy complex. Overnight trade was relatively calm, but prices across the board were slightly firmer. They were buoyed by hope that the second session of high-level U.S./Chinese trade talks, which were to get underway today in Washington, would lead to some progress in narrowing the wide gap between the two sides. Markets also hoped for clarity regarding the rumored swap of relief from U.S. sanctions for Chinese telecom firm ZTE in exchange for taking possible Chinese tariffs on U.S. ag products off the table (or something like that). Unfortunately, neither...

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