CANBERRA, Oct 22 (Reuters) - U.S. soybean futures edged
higher on Friday as strong demand for U.S. supplies was set to
drive the oilseed towards its biggest weekly gain in nearly two
* The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of
Trade were up 0.4% at $12.28-1/2 a bushel by 0143 GMT,
having closed down 1.7% on Thursday.
* Soybean up nearly 1% for the week, the first weekly gain
since Aug 27.
* The most active corn futures up nealy 1.5% for the
week, the first seven-day rally in three weeks.
* The most active wheat futures up nearly 2% for the
week, the first weekly gain in three weeks.
* Rains expected across Brazil, boosting crop prospects.
* U.S. soybean export sales for the week ended Oct. 7 were
2.88 million tonnes, primarily due to sales to China, beating
trade expectations, according to the U.S. Department of
* Corn supported as USDA confirms daily export sale of
130,000 tonnes to Mexico, as well as strong weekly ethanol
* U.S. weekly wheat exports of 362,400 tonnes were down 36%
from the previous week, but in line with analyst expectations.
* The dollar gained on Thursday against a basket of
currencies, erasing earlier losses, boosted by better jobs and
housing data, and as U.S. Treasury yields rose.
* Oil tumbled on Thursday as a forecast for a warm U.S.
winter put the brakes on a rally that drove prices to a
three-year high above $86 a barrel early in the session on tight
supply and a global energy crunch.
(Reporting by Colin Packham)