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CBOT wheat hits 3-month high on short-covering, strength in corn CHICAGO: Wheat futures on the Chicago Board of Trade rose to a three-month high on Thursday on a mix of technical buying and short-covering, coupled with spillover strength from corn, traders said.Open interest in CBOT wheat has dropped sharply in recent weeks, falling below 350,000 contracts for the first time since December 2009, as commodity funds exit short positions.Concern about political instability in Ukraine, a significant exporter of corn and wheat, added support.USDA reported export sales of US wheat in the latest week at 556,100 tonnes for 2013/14, above trade expectations, but sales for 2014/15 were light at 44,400 tonnes.Front-month MGEX spring wheat rose 39-3/4 cents to $7.41-1/4 a bushel, a four-month high on continuous charts, after the Term Commodities house account stopped 107 deliveries against the thinly March traded contract.Back months in MGEX wheat posted smaller gains.There were no deliveries against March CBOT or KC hard red winter wheat ...

Colombia coffee exporters fight 'price war' after contract defaults BOGOTA: Some of Colombia's coffee traders have ripped up contracts to supply exporters, setting off a price war for high-quality beans in the first sign a 75 percent surge in prices so far this year is starting to disrupt the market, exporters say.Trading houses have been forced to scramble to source spot supplies at far higher costs after middlemen, a small but crucial group of traders who source coffee from farmers, defaulted on supply contracts ...
Japan, S.Korea buy US corn; Algeria seeks wheat CHICAGO: Snapshot of the global export markets for grains, oilseeds and edible oils as reported by government and private sources:CORN SALE: Private exporters reported the sale of 211,500 tonnes of US corn to Japan, including 47,000 tonnes for 2013/14 delivery and 164,500 tonnes for 2014/15, the US Department of Agriculture said on Monday. Exporters also reported the sale of 140,000 tonnes of US corn to South Korea for 2013/14 delivery. The marketing year for US ...
Honduras coffee exports drop 1.2pc in Feb: coffee institute TEGUCIGALPA: Coffee exports from Honduras, Central America's top producer, fell 1.2 percent in February compared to the same month last year, the national coffee institute IHCAFE said on Monday.IHCAFE said coffee shipments in February totaled 574,438 60-kg bags.Exports volumes during future months of the current 2013/2014 harvesting season, which began in October, are expected to keep falling."Exports will fall sharply in coming months due to the fact that roya continues to damage coffee farms and ...
US stocks sink on Ukraine worries NEW YORK: US stocks on Monday fell sharply as investors recoiled from equities in the face of mounting tensions over Ukraine.At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 154.83 points (0.95 percent) to 16,166.88.The broad-based S&P 500 lost 13.76 (0.74 percent) at 1,845.69, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index declined 30.82 (0.72 percent) to 4,227.30.The selling followed sharp losses in European equity markets. "It's all about the flight to safety," said Michael ...
ICE Canada canola mostly up, posts weekly gain WINNIPEG: ICE Canada canola futures mostly rose on Friday, and notched a 0.8 percent weekly gain in the nearby contract.Strength in soybeans supported canola, but huge Canadian canola supplies and transportation problems overhung the market.May contract approached its 30-day moving average for the third straight day, but failed to close above it.March canola lost $1.20 to $418.00 per tonne, with open interest dwindling ahead of delivery period next week.Most-active May canola added 10 cents to ...
Mexico sees 2013/14 coffee crop down 40 pct on roya damage MEXICO CITY: Mexico's current 2013/2014 coffee crop is expected to drop 40 percent due to damage caused by the tree-killing fungus roya, the country's national coffee association AMECAFE said on Friday.AMECAFE said output during the cycle will total 3.1 million 60-kg bags.The association also said the persistence of heavy rain, which presents an ideal environment for the spread of roya, is a major contributing factor to the expected fall in production.Apart from the new production ...

 



 
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