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Option Play: Corn Shuns $4/Bushel

Posted on 5/24/2016 3:27:41 PM by: Matt McKinney, Market Strategist @ Zaner. 312-277-0115.

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TRADING COMMODITY FUTURES AND OPTIONS INVOLVES SUBSTANTIAL RISK OF LOSS AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL INVESTORS. YOU SHOULD CAREFULLY CONSIDER WHETHER TRADING IS SUITABLE FOR YOU IN LIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES, KNOWLEDGE AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES.

 

Option Play: Corn Shuns $4/Bushel

For The Seventh Time In The Last Month Corn Gets Weak In The Knees At The $4/Bushel Area.

 

Fundamentally, the vast majority of the Corn is plantd. It's in the eastern Corn belt that farmer's havent been able to get Corn in the ground due to wet conditions and as a result there is talk that farmer's in Ohio and Indiana may switch from Corn to Beans. Thats potentially bearish for Soybean prices. Recent price action would suggest that the Corn market is trying to take the lead and push around Beans prices.

Technically, I have added my favorite technical indicators to the charts below. I have coined them the "10/20/50/BB Trend Finder". They are the 10 (red line), 20 (green line), and the 50 (blue line) day Simple Moving Averages or SMAs. I have also added Bollinger Bands or BBs (light blue shaded area) and Candlesticks (the red and green bars with the candlestick wicks, and on this daily chart each bar represents one day of trading). These few technical indicators can tell me many, many different characteristics about the market at a quick glance so I have them saved on my charts in MARKETHEAD, so they can populate on any chart I choose at the click of a mouse.

 

On the daily Corn chart above the market is still having trouble breaking above the $4/bushel mark. In fact it has flirted with the $4/bushel area at least seven times in the last month with no real success. In fact on the 24th of May and the 21st of April the market blasted through this area inter-session only to close below at the end of the trading day.

 

I figured all this out by putting my "10/20/50/BB Trend Finder" on the chart above and applying these indicators to the chart sat the click of a mouse which I found at: http://www.markethead.com/2.0/free_trial.asp?ap=mmckinne, which is a web application that we have developed for our clients called MARKETHEAD where I get about 70-80% of all my research from. That means I get both technical and fundamental research from this web app and I am a veteran series 3 Broker of 17 years. So if Im using it then maybe my readers should check it out. Yes?

 

 

Zaner Ag Hedge:

One strategy that could be used here is to buy limited risk calls or bull call spreads and in a three to one ratio a put. I have unofficially named this strategy a "long straddle" or a "ratio spread"

For exact details on this strategy, months, expiration dates, strike prices, and number of positions feel free to contact me at 312-277-0115 ormmckinney@zaner.com.

 

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FREE QUOTE- "Experience has taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that your generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you dont make."

-Donald Trump

 

 

 

 

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