"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Monday, January 07, 2008

Wheat / Soya rise on the New Year = sea freight rates still easing

US Wheat Associates first price report for the new year highlights.

Prices up

For the week SRW nearbys at the CBOT were up 47 cents/bu, the KCBOT rose 32 cents and the MGE finished up 53. Corn gained 15 cents/bushel this week and soybeans were up 41 cents.

Duties and trade quota changes

This week, China imposed export quota restrictions and a tax on flour exports following the decision last month to end subsidies on grain and oilseed exports.

India abolished its 36% duty on flour imports and the Argentine export registry remains closed.


Ocean freight rates saw a sharp break this week with the Baltic Dry Index falling to a 3 month low on slack demand during the holiday season. Pacific rates are off 40% from late October highs though still 60% higher than January 2007. Rates in the Atlantic are down 17% from October and 90% higher than last January. (see chart of the BDI and price of gold)


The dollar continued to fall against the euro and other currencies this week on negative U.S. manufacturing and jobs data increasing the probability of another interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve this month. The euro is at $1.48 while the Canadian dollar is trading above the U.S. dollar.

Important news expected

Next Friday, January 11, USDA will release several important reports including estimates of grain stocks held in the country, U.S. winter wheat seedings, the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, as well as a final crop production assessment.

Here is a chart of the Panamax index (Ships classified as Panamax are of the maximum dimensions that will fit through the locks of the Panama Canal. ) for comparison - shipping rates have peaked in mid October.


Ekk said...

Sibel Edmonds case: Front page of the (UK) papers (finally) IMPORTANT UPDATE
by lukery
Sun Jan 06, 2008 at 08:24:13 AM PST

There's a remarkable article For sale: West’s deadly nuclear secrets on the front page of the British Times today.

A WHISTLEBLOWER (Sibel Edmonds) has made a series of extraordinary claims about how corrupt government officials allowed Pakistan and other states to steal nuclear weapons secrets.
Edmonds described how foreign intelligence agents had enlisted the support of US officials to acquire a network of moles in sensitive military and nuclear institutions.

IMPORTANT UPDATE- see bottom of post

* lukery's diary :: ::

(Please note that the Times article is long, and I've tried to stay within the parameters of Fair Use. Please go read the whole thing)

From the article:

Edmonds described how foreign intelligence agents had enlisted the support of US officials to acquire a network of moles in sensitive military and nuclear institutions.

Among the hours of covert tape recordings, she says she heard evidence that one well-known senior official in the US State Department was being paid by Turkish agents in Washington who were selling the information on to black market buyers, including Pakistan.

Shutter said...

Dera Sibel's revelatuions filtered through the Rupe Poop's press needs to be examined with care and kid gloves.

Very murky waters indeed.

(C) Very Seriously Disorganised Criminals 2002/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 - copy anything you wish