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As expected, markets were all basically unchanged overnight in light trading volume ahead of today’s series of major USDA reports. That calm tone then changed immediately upon their release (see separate analysis for details). No need to look at the reports anymore as the market’s swift reaction tells the story. Soybeans soared higher, wheat crashed lower, and corn was stuck in the middle, which is pretty much how the day finished. In the meantime, most eyes continued to watch the U.S. equities markets push sharply higher again today and (of course) into new contract highs. Reports say this is the strongest sustained rally in more than a dozen years. Crude oil was also strong again for the fourth consecutive week, trading above...

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