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Asia Cocoa-Butter stays at 3-year high; powder slow  SINGAPORE: Cocoa butter, a key ingredient of chocolate, hovered at its highest ratios in three years in Asia on tight supply in Europe, but some grinders held on to stocks in a bid to persuade consumers to also buy powder, dealers said on Thursday.   When cocoa beans are processed they produce roughly equal parts butter and powder, which is also used in chocolate, beverages and ice cream. Butter gives chocolate its melt-in-the-mouth texture.   Cocoa butter ratios were unchanged at 1.90 times London futures, still lower than the European ratios, which stood at 2.03 for January/March delivery.   "Some expect the ratios to remain at this level until January next year. But it's pretty quiet now because most people are already on holiday. There were bids for butter at 1.88 times," said a dealer in Malaysia.     "But we are not willing to sell because we want to get rid of the powder first. We are trying ...


Corn inches higher but near 5-month low, soybeans drop  SYDNEY: US corn prices edged higher on Thursday but remained near a five-month low, weighed down by a forecast that 2013 acreage would be the largest in nearly 80 years, while soybeans fell to a three-week low on signs of waning Chinese demand.   Chicago Board of Trade March corn had climbed 0.07 percent to $7.04-1/4 a bushel by 0207 GMT in choppy trade. Corn slipped 2.1 percent in the previous session, hitting a more than five-month ...

CBOT corn to fall to $6.91-1/2        SINGAPORE: CBOT March corn is expected to drop more to $6.91-1/2 per bushel, driven by a wave iii.   This is the third wave of a five-wave cycle that started at the Monday high of $7.34-3/4. It is the most powerful wave among the five waves, and is capable of travelling 1.618 times the length of the wave i, to arrive at $6.91-1/2, the 161.8 percent Fibonacci projection level.   A rebound from the current level will be weak, ...

Gold inches up, uncertainty over US fiscal talks weighs  SINGAPORE: Gold edged up on Thursday as uncertainty around US budget talks kept investors nervous while Asia's physical buying interest failed to lift prices substantially from a more than three-month low struck earlier this week.   Talks in Washington to avert a fiscal crisis stalled as a deadline approaches for the world's top economy to avoid $600 billion worth of tax hikes and spending cuts, dubbed the "fiscal cliff", that could tip it back into recession.   Earlier this ...

CBOT soy falls on private forecast for record US soy acreage  CHICAGO: Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures were lower on Wednesday on an outlook for a record large US soybean plantings next year and on improving soil moisture prospects in some areas of the US growing region, traders said.   * Private analytics firm Informa Economics lowered its soybean acreage view for the US for 2013 to 78.962 million, from 80.1 million but still surpassing the previous record of 77.451 million planted in 2009. Plantings in 2012 ...

Corn drops on forecast for huge US corn acreage  CHICAGO: Chicago Board of Trade corn futures were lower Wednesday on a forecast for the biggest US corn acreage next year since the mid-1930s, as well as improving soil moisture prospects for some of the US growing region.   * Private analytics firm Informa Economics raised its 2013 US corn acreage forecast to 99.026 million acres from 97.7 million, the largest since 1936. Farmers planted 96.9 million acres to corn in 2012.   * Cash basis bids for corn ...

ICE canola falls to 3-week low on US grains weakness  WINNIPEG: ICE Canada canola futures fell on Wednesday to their lowest price in more than three weeks, buckling under spillover pressure from weaker US grains.   * Canola was underpinned by weaker Canadian dollar and slow farmer sales into the cash system, traders said.   * Private analytics firm Informa Economics raised its 2013 US corn acreage forecast to 99.026 million acres, which would be the biggest since 1936. The bearish news set a negative tone for US grain ...


 



 
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