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ICE cotton skids to 2nd straight weekly loss as speculators exit NEW YORK: Cotton futures fell on Friday, skidding to a second straight weekly loss, on concern over demand in top consumer China after a string of volatile trading sessions that lifted prices to six-month highs.The most-active May cotton contract on ICE Futures U.S. closed down 0.67 cent, or 0.8 percent, at 87.14 cents a lb.Prices retreated from Monday's rally to a six-month high of 90.44 cents a lb as speculators have liquidated long positions.Cotton prices in New York were under pressure after Chinese cotton futures fell on talk that the state reserves may lower its selling price for bales, which would boost supplies of lower-priced cotton in the market.The Chinese yuan suffered a record weekly loss, adding to the worries over fiber demand in the world's top textile market.Weekly U.S. government sales data showed that U.S. exporters shipped 27,100 bales of cotton in the most recent reporting week, down 87 ...

Gold down for day, but posts biggest monthly gain since July NEW YORK/LONDON: Gold fell on Friday as US equities climbed, but the yellow metal still posted its biggest monthly gain since July as persistent concerns about a slowdown in the US economy boosted bullion's safe-haven status.Gold gained nearly 7 percent in February, its biggest monthly rise in seven, mostly due to signs of economic weakness in China and the United States as well as political and economic turmoil in Ukraine."In general, whether it's Ukraine, the ...
Prices jump on weak dollar, export demand, Ukraine unrest CHICAGO: US grain and soybean futures jumped on Friday as the US dollar weakened and political unrest in Ukraine raised concerns about potential trade disruptions.The markets rebounded after wheat approached a three-week low on Thursday. Export demand helped lift corn and soybeans, which also dropped on Thursday.Grain traders kept an eye on Ukraine, one of the world's large wheat and corn exporters, as the country's new leadership accused Russia of open aggression."When we look down ...
ICE sugar sinks in spread-related dealings, arabica coffee gains NEW YORK/LONDON: ICE raw sugar futures sank on Friday in spread-related gyrations as the March contract expired at the end of the session, while arabica coffee neared a 17-month peak and marked its biggest monthly gain in nearly two decades.Cocoa futures in New York and London advanced, buoyed by expectations of another year of supply deficit.Both sugar and coffee posted huge gains this month as dry weather in Brazil stoked worries over crop damage in ...
Soybeans extend slide,  wheat rebound from losses CHICAGO: US soybean futures edged lower on Friday as the market extended a pullback from a five-month high struck in a volatile previous session.Corn and wheat futures rose in a rebound from recent losses amid support for weakness in the US dollar.The continued setback in soybeans fuelled talk among traders that the market had peaked, based on existing supply and demand factors."Yesterday was probably a blow-off top in soybeans," said Jim Gerlach, president of A/C ...
Arabica, sugar fall on rain forecasts in parched Brazil NEW YORK: Arabica coffee and raw sugar futures on ICE extended losses from multi-month highs on Wednesday, on forecasts for rain in top grower Brazil, where a drought has caused concern about significantly reduced yields. Cocoa on ICE Futures US and Liffe inched higher in choppy dealings. May arabica coffee futures on ICE dropped 1.0 cent, or 0.6 percent, to $1.7525 per lb by 12:38 p.m. EST (1738 GMT), after falling to a session low ...
U.S. cotton up, ignoring exports drop to focus on tighter stocks NEW YORK: New York-traded cotton ended up for the first time in three sessions on Friday as players looked beyond a drop in weekly exports and focused on inventories that were expected to stay tight due to lower output.The U.S. Department of Agriculture said export sales of 2013/14 cotton totaled 78,200 running bales last week, well below the previous week's tally of 120,300 bales.With domestic cotton output at a four-year low and local demand for ...


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