May 6, 2016 / 7:52 PM / 2 years ago

GRAINS-U.S. soy surges as exports hopes rise; corn, wheat firm

(Updates with closing prices)

By Mark Weinraub

CHICAGO, May 6 (Reuters) - U.S. soybean, corn and wheat futures rose on Friday on bargain buying after all three commodities posted sharp declines on Thursday.

Soybeans led the gains, with the most-active contract rising 2.6 percent. Traders said hopes that the United States exporters will continue to pick up overseas demand even as harvest progresses in Argentina underpinned soy.

“(The harvested soybeans) do not look very good, quality wise,” said Mark Schultz, chief analyst at Northstar Commodity Investment Co. “We are going to win more export business because of the better quality beans than they have down there.”

Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures for July delivery rose 22-1/2 cents to settle at $10.34-3/4 a bushel.

CBOT July corn futures gained 3-3/4 cents to close at$3.77-1/2 a bushel. CBOT July soft red winter wheat was 1/2 cent higher at $4.63-3/4 a bushel.

Gains in wheat were kept in check by expectations of a robust hard red winter wheat crop in the United States despite a cutback in seedings.

Wheat crop prospects in Kansas are well above average as rains last month should more than offset the impact of an earlier drought, scouts on an annual tour said on Thursday.

“The U.S. hard red winter wheat market was headed for indigestion at harvest anyway,” said Tobin Gorey, director of agricultural strategy at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, commenting on a market that already has a sizeable surplus which he said would be even bigger if the forecasts prove to be correct.

For the week, the most actively traded CBOT soft red winter wheat contract fell 5.1 percent, on track for its biggest weekly loss since mid-November.

CBOT corn was down 3.8 percent for the week while CBOT soybeans were up 0.9 percent. Soybeans have risen for four weeks in a row and nine of the last 10. (Additonal reporting by Naveen Thukral in Singapore and Gus Trompiz in Paris; Editing by James Dalgleish and Marguerita Choy)

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