Provide a market forecast for the US soybean market, including near term forecasts of US soybean prices and fundamentals of that market, including supply, demand and market outlook for 2019 and 2020 in order to inform investment decisions.
According to the USDA, "moderately tighter U.S. supplies may boost prices in 2019/20, which are now seen averaging 15 cents higher to $8.40 per bushel" as of July 15th, 2019.
For the current market year ending August 31st, the USDA is projecting a yield of 4.544 billion bushels of soy, down from their estimate of 4.6 billion bushels two months prior.
Yield estimates are currently at 51.6 bushels an acre, according to the USDA, also down from their previous estimate of 52.1 bushels.
According to a report on CNBC published August 8th, "U.S. soybean futures inched down on Thursday as traders remained anxious about a protracted trade war between Washington and Beijing that is threatening oilseed trading."
According to the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, "Soybean prices appear more vulnerable to downward price movements given current supplies and the expectation of a growing crop size in 2019."
According to Seeking Alpha, "prices for soybeans will most likely remain at current levels or fall further in 2019 barring any significant weather events in the July-August timeframe. Unlike corn, which does have some fundamentals in its favor, the bearish sentiment for soybeans is justified moving forward. Prices will continue to move downward until farmers reduce acreage or additional feed demand emerges. Until then, expect the bearish price action in soybeans to continue through 2019."
According to a report published on AgWeek on July 21st, "soybean futures dropped back below $9 again as a cooler and less threatening extended forecast is keeping the bears in control. Export sales continue to be lackadaisical, and that will only lead to more ending stocks carrying over to the 2019-20 marketing season. Brazil continues to grow its market share of exports to China as the trade war between the U.S. and China goes into the second year."
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