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Soybeans rise 1.2 percent on strong U.S. exports, weaker dollar

SINGAPORE - Chicago soybeans rose 1.2 percent on Monday and hit their highest since July, buoyed by strong U.S. weekly exports and a weaker dollar. Corn gained about half-a-percent and wheat edged up on the back of the gains in soybeans, although...

SINGAPORE - Chicago soybeans rose 1.2 percent on Monday and hit their highest since July, buoyed by strong U.S. weekly exports and a weaker dollar.

Corn gained about half-a-percent and wheat edged up on the back of the gains in soybeans, although abundant global grain supplies kept a lid on prices.

The Chicago Board of Trade's most-active soybean contract had risen 1.2 percent to $10.58 a bushel. That was near the session-high of $10.59-1/2 a bushel, its strongest since July 19.

Soybeans have risen for seven consecutive sessions. Corn gained 0.4 percent to $3.50-1/2 a bushel and wheat added 0.1 percent to $4.19-3/4 a bushel.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported weekly U.S. export sales of soybeans at nearly 1.9 million tonnes, above trade expectations ranging from 1.2 million to 1.5 million tonnes. U.S. wheat export sales were pegged at 712,400 tonnes, topping trade estimates ranging from 350,000 to 550,000 tonnes.

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In addition to strong demand, higher mandates for biofuel production underpinned prices.

"Oilseed markets continue to draw support from the higher U.S. 2017 advanced biofuel targets," said Tobin Gorey, director of agricultural strategy at Commonwealth Bank of Australia. "Soybeans got an additional boost from a big week of U.S. sales - largely destined for China."

Weakness in the U.S. dollar, which will make commodities priced in the greenback attractive for importers holding other currencies, also lent support. The dollar pulled further back from near 14-year highs as investors braced for upcoming events that could at least temporarily knock the greenback's bull run off course. For the wheat market, showers forecast in the week ahead in the U.S. Delta region could ease drought conditions affecting soft red winter wheat, analysts said.

The International Grains Council on Thursday raised its forecasts for world corn and wheat production in 2016/17 to record highs, projecting this would also push grain stocks to their highest-ever levels. Commodity funds were net buyers of CBOT soybean and soymeal futures contracts on Friday and net sellers of corn and wheat.

(Reporting by Naveen Thukral; Editing by Joseph Radford)

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