GRAINS-Wheat set for biggest weekly loss in 6 months on ample global supplies
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By Naveen Thukral and Sybille de La Hamaide
SINGAPORE/PARIS, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Chicago wheat futures edged higher on Friday, but the market was on track for its biggest weekly decline in six months as ample supplies from the Black Sea region weighed on prices.
Soybeans and corn ticked up, recouping some of recent losses with both markets set to end the week in territory.
The most-active wheat contract on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) Wv1 gained 0.7% to $7.52-1/4 bushel, as of 1140 GMT. Soybeans Sv1 also added 0.7% to $14.81 a bushel and corn Cv1 rose 0.7% to $6.57-1/2 a bushel.
For the week, wheat was down 5%, its biggest drop since July 15, soybeans had lost 2.8%, the most since late September and corn had dropped 3.1%, its biggest decline since early December.
For wheat, the availability of abundant low-priced supplies fromand Ukraine, are giving stiff competition to other global exporters, traders said.
Reports of a expected in Australia, the world's second-largest exporter of the grain, also weighed on prices. The country is poised to ship record volumes in the months ahead, analysts and traders said.
"The wheat market appears to be amply supplied in the short term," Commerzbank wrote in a commodities research .
Recent rains boosted 2022/23 soybean plantings in Argentina after delays resulting from a severe drought, the Buenos Aires grains exchange said. Upcoming showers will reduce the stress on crops in southern and western parts of the country, Commodity Weather Group said.
Commodity funds were sellers of CBOT soybean, corn and soyoil futures contracts on Thursday and buyers of soymeal and wheat futures, traders said. COMFUND/CBT
Prices at 1143 GMT
CBOT wheat Wv1
CBOT corn Cv1
CBOT soy Sv1
Paris wheat BL2c1
Paris maize EMAc1
Paris rapeseed COMc1
WTI crude oil CLc1
Most active contracts - Wheat, corn and soy US cents/bushel, Paris futures in euros per tonne
(Reporting by Naveen Thukral and Sybille de La Hamaide; Editing by Rashmi Aich and Susan Fenton)