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NY cocoa climbs 6pc in 2012, drops 11pc in fourth quarter  NEW YORK: US cocoa futures finished 2012 on Monday with their first annual increase in three years, closing up 6 percent for the year as speculators held a large net long position despite ample supplies.   The benchmark March contract on ICE Futures US settled down $13 from the previous session to close at $2,236 per tonne, the spot contract's weakest settlement since July 25, on follow-through selling as the chart continued to weaken. It fell below the 200-day moving average, a sell signal for many technical traders, on Dec. 20.   The spot contract finished the month of December down 12 percent, its weakest monthly performance since November 2011. For the quarter it ended down 11 percent, its weakest quarter since the final three months of 2011.   Center>Copyright Reuters, 2012 ...

CHICAGO: Soymeal spot basis offers were quietly unchanged at US rail, truck and export markets on Monday as buyers remained on the sidelines ahead of Tuesday's New Year's Day holiday, dealers said.   * Lower prices for the animal feed did not entice any new buying as end users held out for further declines.   * Soymeal futures were on pace to increase more than 37 percent for the year, in the largest annual gain since 2007, but futures ...
NY coffee finishes 2012 down 36.6pc, weakest in 12 years  NEW YORK: Arabica coffee futures trading on ICE Futures US closed 2012 down 36.6 percent on Monday, their weakest yearly performance since 2000, giving them the position of the weakest performer on the Thomson Reuters-Jefferies CRB index by far.   Record global coffee production and a general resistance by producers in top grower Brazil to sell have weighed heavily on the market.   The benchmark March contract settled down 3.05 cents, or 2.1 percent, at $1.4380 per lb on ...
NY copper up 6pc in 2012; rallies on deal hopes  NEW YORK: US copper prices ended the year up 6 percent after a late rally on Monday amid hopes that US lawmakers were close to agreeing an 11th hour deal to prevent the world's largest economy from toppling over a "fiscal cliff".   Institutional investors also piled into the metal, a barometer for global industrial demand, hoping to bolster their books ahead of the year-end.   "This was window-dressing," said a trader of the late gains.   US March copper futures ...
ICE sugar closes 2012 down 16.3pc, falls 0.4pc in Q4  NEW YORK: Raw sugar futures trading on ICE Futures US finished 2012 down 16.3 percent on Monday, the second straight year in negative territory, as ample supplies weighed on the market.   The benchmark March sugar futures contract finished the day up 0.09 cent, or 0.5 percent, at 19.51 cents per lb, after hitting a session high at 19.58 cents, a double top with the previous session's three-week high.   On the month, the spot contract settled up 0.9 ...
Cotton sinks 17pc; third-worst performing commodity  NEW YORK: Cotton ended 2012 as the third worst-performing commodity market of the year, falling 17 percent from last year as the market struggled with oversupply and overall sluggish demand.   Even so, fibers closed the fourth quarter on a positive note, rising 8.6 percent after a late year-end rally. That was its best performance since the first quarter of 2011 when prices soared to above $2.20 per lb, highs last seen during the US Civil War ...
CBOT wheat ends firm, rises 19.5pc in 2012  CHICAGO: US wheat futures were mostly higher on Monday, supported by a round of short covering after recent losses, traders said.   * The front-month Chicago Board of Trade soft red winter wheat contract posted a 19.5 percent gain for the year, making it the best performer in the Thomson Reuters-Jefferies CRB index .   * But CBOT wheat ended the year on a three-month losing streak, and lost 7.7 percent in December. The December drop was the biggest ...


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