Soybeans firm, corn eases

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    SINGAPORE- Chicago soybean futures ticked higher on Monday, underpinned by heightened hopes of an initial trade deal between Washington and Beijing although concerns over slowing animal feed demand in Asia kept a lid on prices.

    Corn futures lost more ground, while wheat dropped after closing higher on Friday.
    The most-active soybean contract on the Chicago Board Of Trade was up 0.1 percent at $9.37-1/4 a bushel, having firmed 0.5 percent on Friday.

    Corn fell 0.7 percent to $3.86-1/2 a bushel and wheat Wv1 lost 0.6 percent to $5.12-3/4 a bushel.

    Private exporters reported the sale of 132,000 tons of US soybeans to China on Friday, the latest in a string of purchases that the top buyer of the oilseed has booked amid talks to end a bilateral trade war that has lasted more than a year.

    “Trade agreement between the United States and China is a key theme in the soybean market although there are worries about demand,” said one Singapore-based trader.

    “Things have really slowed down in Asia as far as animal feed in concerned due to African swine fever.” – Reuters