* 'Dead cat bounce' on corn, soy futures for the day
* U.S. supplies keep pressure on corn and soy
* Traders watching potential for increase grain export
CHICAGO, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Chicago corn and soybean futures
prices crept up on Thursday, finding chart support after sharp
losses over the past two sessions on higher-than-expected U.S.
grain supply forecasts.
It has been a rocky week for the corn and soybean markets.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday released
estimates of both crops in the United States that were above
average analyst expectations, adding to supply pressure from a
brisk start to the harvest season and sending futures prices
But by Thursday, said traders, the market began steadying as
investors showed some buying interest.
Wheat futures, which were dragged lower on Tuesday by losses
in corn, also inched upward, underpinned by strong demand from
importers and tightening availability in major exporting
"What we're seeing today is a dead cat bounce because we
were too oversold," said Don Roose, president of U.S.
Commodities in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Still, traders said they remain somewhat cautious about
making big moves in grains due to uncertainty about what the
export pace will be in the coming weeks.
"The supply side of the market is a bearish story," Roose
said. "But we've been seeing buying over the last two days, and
that could be bullish if export sales pick up on grains."
U.S. exporters sold 132,000 tonnes of soybeans for delivery
to unknown destinations during the 2021/2022 marketing year,
USDA reported on Thursday.
And on Wednesday, the agency said U.S. exporters sold
330,000 tonnes of soybeans for delivery to China during the
2021/2022 marketing year, and 161,544 tonnes of corn for
delivery to unknown destinations during the same period.
The most-active corn contract on the Chicago Board of Trade
(CBOT) settled the day up 4.5 cents at $5.16-3/4 a bushel.
CBOT soybeans settled the day up 11 cents at
$12.06-1/4 a bushel. CBOT wheat settled up 6 cents to
$7.24-3/4 a bushel.
(Reporting by Gus Trompiz in Paris and Naveen Thukral in
Singapore; Editing by Ramakrishnan M., Jonathan Oatis and Diane