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Corn futures saw fractional to penny losses in most contracts on Thursday. The USDA reported a private export sale of 107,600 MT of corn for 17/18 delivery to unknown destinations this morning. The Export Sales report, however, indicated that just 697,073 MT of old crop corn was sold during the week of 4/19, shy of expectations. That was 7.84% lower than this time last year and down 36.15% from a week ago. New crop had a net reduction of 76,592 MT. Weekly shipments were tallied at 1.701 MMT, 20.78% larger than the same week in 2017. China sold another 2.681 MMT of corn from state reserves, totaling 89.87% of the offered amount. The International Grains Council added 2 MMT to their 18/19 world corn production estimate at 1.054 BMT. Their ending stocks projection was trimmed 3 MMT on larger consumption to 262 MMT.

May 18 Corn closed at $3.86, down 1/2 cent,

Jul 18 Corn closed at $3.95 1/4, down 1/2 cent,

Sep 18 Corn closed at $4.02 1/4, down 3/4 cent

Dec 18 Corn closed at $4.11 1/4, down 1 cent

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