SOFTS-Raw sugar prices fall, coffee and cocoa also weaken

Raw sugar and coffee futures fell on Friday with a firmer dollar and a retreat in crude oil helping to halt recent run-ups, while cocoa prices also weakened.


* March raw sugar was off 0.07 cent or 0.5 percent at 15.18 cents a lb at 1224 GMT. The front month rose to a peak of 15.37 cents on Wednesday, its highest since Nov. 28.

* Dealers said a slightly stronger dollar and a decline in crude oil prices helped to weigh on prices.

* The market, however, remained underpinned by the prospect of index fund buying starting on Monday as funds rebalance after sugar’s poor performance in 2017.

* Dealers said the market would keep a close watch on CFTC data to be issued later on Friday to see if speculators had further trimmed a net short position.

* March white sugar was down $0.40, or 0.1 percent, at $398.30 a tonne.


* March arabica coffee was off 1.40 cents, or 1.1 percent, at $1.2810 per lb, extending its retreat from a 2-1/2 month high of $1.3135 set on Wednesday.

* Dealers said the recent run-up had been largely driven by short covering and there appeared to be little interest in taking fresh long positions at current levels.

* “The trading volumes have remained thin in recent sessions but have favoured the downside suggesting lack of appetite for current prices,” said Sucden Financial technical analyst Geordie Wilkes in a market note.

* March robusta coffee fell $4, or 0.2 percent, to $1,724 a tonne.


* March London cocoa was down 16 pounds ($22), or 1.2 percent, at 1,351 pounds a tonne.

* The front month had fallen to a three-week low of 1,322 pounds on Thursday before rebounding in late trade.

* Dealers said the current strong flow of cocoa to ports in Ivory Coast was keeping the market on the defensive although it was seeing sporadic short covering rallies.

* March New York cocoa fell by $26, or 1.4 percent, to $1,879 a tonne. ($1 = 0.7381 pounds) (Reporting by Nigel Hunt; Editing by Susan Fenton)


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