Corn futures fall after EPA ethanol proposal

AP News
Posted: Nov 15, 2013 5:25 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Corn futures fell Friday after the Environmental Protection Agency proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply for the first time.

December corn fell 4.5 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $4.22 a bushel.

The EPA issued a proposal that oil refiners blend 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuel, which is roughly 3 billion gallons below what was required in a 2007 law passed by Congress.

The law requires oil refiners to blend gasoline with 10 percent ethanol in an effort to address global warming. The law pushed corn prices higher.

Soybeans, which can be used in make biodiesel, another renewable fuel, fell 33 cents, or 2.5 percent, to $12.805 a bushel.

Wheat edged down a quarter of a cent to $6.445 a bushel.

In metals, the price of gold for December delivery rose $1.10, or 0.1 percent, to $1,287.40 an ounce. Silver for December was little changed at $20.73 an ounce.

December palladium fell $7.15, or 1 percent, to $732.65 an ounce. Platinum for January fell $5.20, or 0.4 percent, to $1,438.90. Copper for December rose 1 cent, or 0.3 percent, to $3.17 a pound.

In energy futures trading, crude oil for December delivery rose 8 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $93.84 a barrel. Heating oil rose less than a penny to $2.41 a gallon and wholesale gasoline futures fell 2.6 cents, or 1 percent, to $2.657 a gallon.

Natural gas rose 5.5 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $3.66 per 1,000 cubic feet.