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Cotton sinks after hitting fresh 2-year high; spreads blow out NEW YORK: Cotton futures sank 2.5 percent on Wednesday as late-day profit taking offset speculative buying and knocked prices off two-year highs, with volatile trading further roiled by a massive blow-out in the far forward backwardation.Renewed speculative buying as investors bet on tightening U.S. supplies sent front-month prices soaring to over 97 cents per lb for the first time since January 2012 in heavy early volume.A wave of selling in early afternoon more than offset those gains as investors locked in profits and some mills priced in deals, adding to the wildly volatile trading so far this week.Nearby buying pushed July prices, representing the end of the 2013/14 season, to a 16-cent premium over December, the benchmark for the next season's U.S. crop, reinforcing expectations that traders will sell any stock against July to avoid carrying over fiber into the new season.The inversion is the biggest between the second and ...

CBOT corn eases profit-taking in three days CHICAGO: US corn futures fell on Tuesday as investors took profits and squared positions ahead of the US Agriculture Department's annual spring plantings report due next week, traders said.Most-active Chicago Board of Trade May corn found support at their 10-day moving average of about $4.85 per bushel, ending unofficially down 3 cents at $4.87.Analysts polled by Reuters expected USDA to estimate corn plantings at 92.748 million acres, down from 95.365 million acres last year. The ...
U.S. ethanol's premium to gasoline largest since 2011 CHICAGO: U.S. ethanol futures climbed in the sixth straight session on Monday, expanding their premium to gasoline futures to the largest in 2-1/2 years as gridlock on the nation's railroads continued to slow shipments of the grain-based biofuel, traders and analysts said.Slow turnover of tanker cars has kept a lid on ethanol production this year, with the ethanol stockpile last week falling to the smallest since November and just above the lowest levels in records ...
Analysts cut Brazil's new crop cane, sugar output SAO PAULO: Brazil's main center-south sugarcane output will fall to 575 million tonnes in the upcoming season from last year's 596 million due to poor weather, including drought and frost, leading sugar and ethanol analysts said on Monday.As the world's largest sugar producer and exporter, futures prices of the commodity have come off of multi-year lows on concerns that bad weather in Brazil will erase what's left of the global sugar glut.Analyst F.O. Licht said ...
Global coffee supply on track for 2014/15 deficit: BNP Paribas NEW ORLEANS: The global supply of coffee will shift to a small deficit in the 2014/15 crop year for the first time in five years as top grower Brazil's bean output drops to 51.5 million bags following a drought, a BNP Paribas strategist said on Saturday.Keith Flury, Agricultural Markets Strategist for the bank, said at the National Coffee Association of USA conference in New Orleans that he expects a global coffee deficit of 612,000 bags ...
Wheat retreats for second day from 11-month high CHICAGO: US wheat futures on Friday extended a setback from an 11-month high, while technical selling snapped a four-session rally in soybeans that had been fueled by low supplies.Wheat has climbed this month on concerns about drought hurting US winter wheat and concerns that tensions between Ukraine and Russia might interrupt global trade. The market, however, was due for a setback after the nearby contract on Thursday reached its highest level on a continuation chart ...
Cotton futures rally to notch third straight weekly gain NEW YORK: Cotton futures rallied on Friday and marked a third straight weekly gain, fueled by worries over tightening nearby supplies in the United States, the world's top exporter.The front-month May cotton contract on ICE Futures U.S. rallied 1.13 cents, or 1.2 percent, to settle at 93.31 cents a lb, and post a third straight up week.Prices soared as high as 93.60 cents a lb, meeting resistance as they neared last week's seven-month high of ...

 



 
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