Mixed was something of a theme on Tuesday in many assets, not just agricultural commodities.
Take shares. Tokyo's Nikkei index rose 1.1% to crack the 10,000 mark and record a three-month high, besides rising for a seventh successive day, its longest winning streak since 2009.
However, the rise was attributed to firmer hopes for Japanese economic growth which were lacking for many other countries, including China where Temasek, the Singapore wealth fund, depressed shares by saying it was to sell stock in Bank of China and China Construction Bank.
A downgrade by Moody's late on Tuesday to its credit assessment on Portugal, depressing the eurozone nation's rating to junk, added a further layer of uncertainty and was blamed, for instance, for easier copper prices.
And it required some finesse to pick the, modest, winners among farm commodities too. Even within individual crops' futures complex.
Overall, a more cautious mood was instilled in part by data overnight showing, at a headline level, small improvements to the condition of US corn, soybean and spring wheat crops, with all seeing one-point rises in the proportion rated in "good" or "excellent" health.
But analysts painted different pictures from data details.
He added: "Barring excessive moisture events, it appears the spring wheat crop will have another good week to develop."
And a good thing too, with Luke Mathews at Commonwealth Bank of Australia highlighting that only 13% of the crop has headed thus far, compared with an average of more than half by now.
"The progress of the US spring wheat crop remains worrisome," he said.
And as for weather, while Mike Mawdsley at Market 1 stressed "more talk of hotter-than-desired weather in the two week outlook", Benson Quinn kept by its benign outlook for
Crops spent the early hours of the trading day dipping in and out of negative territory, with the bears holding something of the upper hand by 07:40 GMT (08:40 UK time), with no further significant crop tenders out overnight to fuel upward momentum.
In Chicago wheat the best-traded September contract stood 0.4% lower at $6.33 a bushel, while the December lot shed 0.2% to $6.79 ¼ a bushel.
Minneapolis spring wheat was still holding in positive ground, up 0.1% at $8.34 a bushel for September and 0.2% to $8.32 ½ a bushel for December.
Back in Chicago, corn was 0.2% lower at $6.24 ¼ a bushel for September and 0.3% down at $6.10 ½ a bushel for the new crop December lot.
In soybeans, the August contract shed 0.1% to $13.21 a bushel, while the November contract dipped 0.2% to $13.15 ½ a bushel.
"This still remains extremely negative and well below last year's rating of 65%," CBA's Luke Mathews said.
And, in Kuala Lumpur,