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Latest From John Buckley
Once again sugar futures seem to have taken markets by surprise with the speed and severity of their latest price drop – coming over 14% off their early August peak at one stage this week.
Talk of weakening investor interest in soft commodities added to the bear mood in cocoa markets that were already under pressure from better than expected West African production and export figures.
Consumers seem to have been digging in their heels after the sharp futures rally earlier this month, bringing the latter to a swift end with this week’s 10%-plus slide in Arabica prices.
Mixed trends for rapeseed markets in the past week testify to some grey areas in the fundamentals; chiefly concerning new season’s likely supplies.
The Malaysian Bursa’s attempts to inch higher remained an uphill struggle under the persistent cloud of uncertainty export prospects.
Soy ideas that the USDA’s recent high US crop forecast might actually be not so far off the mark weighed heavily on Chicago futures this week, driving nearby prices to 6½ week lows.