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London cocoa hits 4-1/2-year peak; sugar returns higher NEW YORK/LONDON: London cocoa futures on ICE rose to a 2011 high on Thursday, on concerns that the flow of beans in West Africa may be starting to slow down and on technical buy-signals following a month-long rally.Raw sugar futures continued their volatile dealings and rose nearly 2 percent, while arabica coffee prices fell to a seven-week low.In cocoa, dealers said the market was keeping a close watch on the flow of cocoa out of top grower Ivory Coast, with some expecting port arrivals to begin to tail off soon, as well as purchases in No. 2 producer Ghana."Some people are saying the arrivals are slowing a little bit in Ivory Coast and some people are saying the purchases in Ghana might be slowing down," one U.S. trader said.Some speculators, who recently took on new short positions, were forced to take cover, helping to feed the upward momentum as the ...

Wheat firms but weak exports limit gains CHICAGO: US wheat futures firmed on Thursday on technical buying including short-covering, but advances were modest as export sentiment remained gloomy.Soybean futures also rose while corn was narrowly mixed, with the benchmark December contract consolidating above a contract low set this week.At the Chicago Board of Trade as of 1:07 p.m. CST (1907 GMT), December wheat was up 4 cents at $4.98-3/4 a bushel, after briefly trading above $5 for the first time since Tuesday.CBOT ...
Gold dips to near 6-year low, under pressure from Fed NEW YORK/LONDON: Gold fell to its lowest level since early 2010 on Thursday, under pressure from expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve is on track to raise interest rates next month for the first time in nearly a decade.Spot gold breached technical support at its July low of $1,077 an ounce, falling 1 percent to $1,074.26, the lowest since February 2010 and the eleventh day of losses out of the last 12. It was down 0.3 ...
NY coffee still targets $1.1425 SINGAPORE: New York December coffee still targets $1.1425 per lb, as it has been hovering below a support at $1.1735 after breaking below this level.The support was provided by the 23.6 percent Fibonacci projection level of a downward wave c, the third wave of a three-wave cycle from the Oct. 14 high of $1.3750. This wave could at least travel to $1.1425, the 38.2 percent projection level.A break above $1.1735, now a resistance, could lead ...
NY sugar may retest resistance at 14.94 cents SINGAPORE: New York March sugar may retest a resistance at 14.94 cents per lb, a break above which could lead to a gain to the next resistance at 15.25 cents.The resistance is at the 14.6 percent Fibonacci retracement on the uptrend from the Sept. 22 low of 11.48 cents to the Nov. 3 high of 15.53 cents, blocking the way towards the 7 percent level at 15.25 cents.Sugar has been climbing within a rising channel, ...
NY cocoa faces resistance at $3,306 SINGAPORE: New York December cocoa faces resistance at $3,306 per tonne, a break above which could lead to a gain to the next resistance at $3,335.Resistance is provided by the 100 percent Fibonacci projection level of an upward wave C, the third wave of a three-wave cycle from the Oct. 12 low of $3,026. This barrier caused a deep correction and may trigger another shallow one towards $3,259, the 76.4 percent level. A rise to ...
Corn, soybeans rebound after USDA data-driven decline CHICAGO: US corn and soybean futures edged higher on Wednesday in a bargain-buying and technical bounce from contract lows posted a day earlier due to bearish U.S. Department of Agriculture supply and demand forecasts.Wheat was mixed in muted trading after prices hit two-week lows on Tuesday, with a sluggish export pace overhanging the market.The USDA on Tuesday forecast the U.S. soybean harvest as the largest ever, while the corn crop was seen at the third ...


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