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Wheat futures drop 2.4 percent, extending declines

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm •  Published: December 26, 2012

Wheat prices fell as traders returned to work after the Christmas holiday.

March wheat fell 19.25 cents to $7.7450 a bushel, a decline of 2.4 percent.

Wheat futures have dropped 10 percent since the start of the month, putting wheat on course for its worst monthly performance in more than a year. Wheat slumped earlier in December after the government predicted that U.S. inventories will increase by the end of next year's growing season, in part due to weaker export demand.

Corn and soybeans also dropped. March corn fell 11 cents to $6.9325 a bushel, a decline of 1.6 percent. Soybeans for delivery in March dropped 17.25 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $14.18 a bushel.

Some analysts warned that price movements may have been exaggerated Wednesday as many market participants were still on vacation.

"Grains are suffering from a case of the holiday blues here," said Sterling Smith, a commodities strategist at Citigroup. "Trading is really quite thin and quiet."

In other commodities trading, metals edged higher as the dollar weakened against a group of currencies.

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