Raw sugar extends rebound, arabica coffee falls 4.5%
Raw sugar futures on ICE rose on Friday as the market climbed further away from a one-year low set earlier this week, while arabica coffee prices fell sharply.
* October raw sugar (SBH2024) settled up 0.39 cent, or 2.2%, at 17.94 cents per lb.
* Dealers said the recent bout of fund selling had largely abated, allowing sugar to begin to recover after its slide to a one-year low of 17.20 cents earlier this week.
* CFTC data showed funds had increased their short position in sugar in the week to Aug. 2.
* October white sugar (LSUc1) rose $22.90, or 4.3%, at $550.90 a tonne.
* India will allow the export of an additional 1.2 million tonnes of sugar, a government official said on Friday.
* One U.S.-based trader said most of the new volume India approved for exports is raws, so the news was supporting white sugar futures.
* September arabica coffee (KCc1) settled down 9.85 cents, or 4.5%, at $2.0945 per lb, erasing much of the gains in the previous two sessions.
* Dealers said concern that a global economic downturn could curb consumption of coffee remained a bearish influence while a stronger dollar also weighed on prices.
* An increasing pace of harvest in Brazil was also seen as bearish.
* The market remained underpinned, however, by falling stocks.
* ICE certified arabica stocks fell again on Friday to 660,564 bags, the lowest since July 1999 and down sharply from 2.17 million bags a year ago.
* November robusta coffee (RC2!) rose $1 to $2,042 a tonne.
* December London cocoa (LCCc2) fell 8 pounds, or 0.4%, to 1,772 pounds per tonne, consolidating just above a three-week low of 1,740 pounds set on Thursday.
* "Cocoa futures have found support around the longer term moving averages, and this could set the scene for higher prices towards 1,820 (pounds a tonne)," broker Sucden Financial said in a technical note.
* December New York cocoa (CCc2) fell $47, or 2.0%, to $2,341 a tonne.