WINNIPEG--Intercontinental Exchange canola futures finished mixed Friday, with only a small loss in the nearby March contract as trading volumes continued to spike upward.
Sharp increases in European rapeseed and Malaysian palm oil aided the about-face in canola, but losses in the Chicago soy complex weighed on values. Support for edible oils came from upticks in global crude-oil prices.
Tight supplies continued to underpin canola, but export demand has already been rationed considerably.
As the U.S. dollar found its footing, the Canadian dollar pulled back. At midafternoon, the loonie tumbled to 79.60 U.S. cents, compared to Thursday's close of 80.10.
There were 40,596 contracts traded Friday, which compares with Thursday when 39,133 contracts changed hands. Spreading accounted for 30,524 contracts traded.
Settlement prices are in Canadian dollars per metric ton.
Mar 982.90 dn 1.90
May 972.00 up 0.70
Jul 945.40 up 4.20
Nov 800.30 up 4.50
Spread trade prices are in Canadian dollars and the volume represents the number of spreads:
Months Prices Volume
Mar/May 15.60 over to 7.80 over 7,321
Mar/Jul 45.00 over to 33.00 over 262
Mar/Nov 183.30 over to 181.00 over 304
May/Jul 31.30 over to 25.00 over 6,302
May/Nov 174.20 over to 168.90 over 546
Jul/Nov 145.90 over to 139.50 over 502
Nov/Jan 5.20 over to 4.00 over 20 Jan/Mar 5.80 over to 5.50 over 5
Source: Commodity News Service Canada, firstname.lastname@example.org
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