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Asia cocoa butter ratios hit 14-month low on high prices, stocks JAKARTA: Asian cocoa butter ratios are trading at their lowest in more than 14 months as the market faced pressure from high butter prices, high powder stocks and sluggish chocolate consumption, traders said.Butter ratios, a key indicator of demand, were quoted as low as 2.2 times London futures, their lowest since early August 2013, although there were offers at 2.25 times. Two weeks ago, ratios stood at 2.28 to 2.35 times futures.Cocoa beans are processed into roughly equal parts butter, which gives chocolate its smooth texture, and powder, which is used in cakes, biscuits and drinks. Grinders do not generally release data on the size of their powder stocks.Cocoa butter prices often move in the opposite direction to powder, as grinders seek to offset or balance their prices when either butter or powder prices are low.Wavering demand has seen butter prices come off recent multi-month highs above $8,000 a tonne ...

Thai govt to auction 207,899 tonnes of rice next week BANGKOK: Thailand will offer to sell 207,899 tonnes of rice from state stockpiles next week, a Commerce Ministry official said on Tuesday.The tender for sale will open on Oct. 28 at the foreign trade department after the announcement of eligible bidders the same day.Thailand has stockpiled around 18 million tonnes of rice, accumulated under an intervention scheme by the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who was ousted by the army in May. An audit ...
China's implied oil demand hits 7-month top in Sept BEIJING: China's implied oil demand in September jumped 6.2 percent from levels seen in August to hit a seven-month peak, as crude runs soared to their second highest point this year.A rise in demand from the world's top energy consumer could support crude prices that have plunged 23 percent so far in 2014 amid an amply supplied world market, although a slower global economic growth is expected to keep a lid on gains.Data on Tuesday ...
Malaysia Q3 cocoa grinding falls 13.7pc yr/yr SINGAPORE: Cocoa processing in Malaysia fell 13.7 percent from a year earlier to 61,428 tonnes in the third quarter, the Malaysian Cocoa Board (MCB) said on Tuesday. Cocoa grinding, an indicator of demand, was also down 5.6 percent from the previous quarter, MCB said, without giving further details. Malaysia is Asia's biggest cocoa grinder. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Gold steady near one-month high on slowing China growth SINGAPORE: Gold clung to overnight gains on Tuesday to trade near a one-month high as worries persisted over a slowdown in the global economy after China's growth eased in the third quarter to its weakest since the 2008/09 financial crisis.The weakness in Chinese growth, however, was not as bad as feared as the world's second-largest economy grew 7.3 percent between July and September from a year earlier, above the 7.2 percent forecast by analysts.The slightly ...
Iron ore edges up as Chinese mills replenish inventories SINGAPORE: Spot iron ore prices rose to above $81 a tonne as Chinese steel producers restocked, although the supply of available cargoes remained high and kept a lid on gains.Mills in China's Tangshan area in the northern Hebei province were buying more iron ore ahead of planned shutdowns at the start of November, said a trader in Shanghai.Some steel mills in Hebei - China's top steel producing province - have been asked to reduce or ...
Malaysian palm oil ticks up on lower output, firm soybeans SINGAPORE: Malaysian palm oil futures edged higher on Tuesday, recouping some of last session's losses with expectations of lower production of the tropical product and higher soybean prices underpinning the market. Chicago soybean futures rose 0.5 percent to snap a two-session losing streak, supported by the slow pace of harvesting in the United Stated and as dryness delayed planting in Brazil. Palm oil production in Malaysia and Indonesia is expected decline in the months ahead ...

 



 
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