Recap for November 30

  • US equity markets were mixed Thursday, the tech-centric Nasdaq posting a decline. But the Dow Industrials index soared on the last day of November after a Commerce Department report showed Americans slowed spending and that inflation continued to pull back in October, increasing investors’ hopes the US central bank would hold the line on raising interest rates. All three major indexes posted gains of at least 8% in November, ending three-month losing streaks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 520.47 points, or 1.47%, to close at 35,950.89. The Standard & Poor’s 500 added 17.22 points, or 0.38%, to close at 4,567.80. The Nasdaq Composite lost 32.27 points, or 0.23%, to close at 14,226.22.
  • Wheat futures continued higher Thursday after the US Department of Agriculture indicated 2023-24 US wheat export sales in the week ended Nov. 23 at 622,800 tonnes, a six-week high that topped a range of trade expectations for 200,000 to 500,000 tonnes. Wheat and corn futures also were supported by short covering after slumps to multi-year lows. Soybean futures were rangebound and closed lower despite reports of private sales of US supplies to China. December corn futures added 12¢ to close at $4.61¾ per bu. Chicago December wheat added 14¼¢ to close at $5.70¼ per bu. Kansas City December wheat added 3¼¢ to close at $6.43¼ per bu. Minneapolis December wheat added 5¾¢ to close at $7.02½ per bu. January soybeans fell 4¼¢ to close at $13.42¾ per bu; September 2024 and beyond were narrowly higher. December soybean meal was down $2.10 to close at $442.20 per ton. December soybean oil dropped 0.39¢ to close at 52.29¢ a lb.
  • US crude oil prices turned lower Thursday. The January West Texas Intermediate light,