RECORD ESTABLISHED IN SPRING WHEAT
FUTURES OPEN INTEREST – February 10, 2004
MINNEAPOLIS At the close of trade on February 9, open interest in
spring wheat futures, traded at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGEX)
since 1883, stood at an all time high of 35,473 contracts.
Open interest is the number of contracts that have not been liquidated
either by an offsetting trade, delivery or expiration of the contract.
“Higher flat prices in the country have brought a lot of activity
to the spring wheat market,” according to Scott Cordes, president
of Country Hedging Inc., a brokerage firm headquartered in St. Paul,
Minnesota. Cordes continued, “Higher prices coupled
with higher-than-normal price volatility brings both risk managers
and risk takers to the market in higher numbers.”
Spring wheat futures daily open interest averaged 25,487 contracts
for calendar year 2003 and has climbed steadily since the beginning
of 2004. Also, January 2004 volume in spring wheat futures
at MGEX was 94,634 contracts, a record for that month.
Since October 17, 2003, the March 2004 spring wheat futures closing
price has rallied from $3.47 to $4.17 per bushel, a contract high
closing price established yesterday.
“September 2004 futures closed yesterday at $3.89, twenty-five
cents higher than the September 2003 closing prices at this time
last year,” stated Cordes. “Subsequently, we’ve
seen increased interest in new crop pricing over the past several
MGEX, established in 1881, is the only market for hard red spring
wheat, Hard Winter Wheat Index (HWI), National Corn Index (NCI)
and National Soybean Index (NSI) futures and options. www.mgex.com