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Cattle, Cocoa & Hogs Fall on Concern for Growth; Sugar Rises

July 2, 2010 at 21:03 by Vladimir Vyun

Raw sugar rose today for a third consecutive day on outlook for increasing purchases from Russia next month as the import tax was lowered. Analysts say that sugar prices may go up 30 percent in 2010 on rising demand, low output and transportation delays. October delivery for raw sugar gained $0.0026 (1.6 percent) to $0.1654 per pound on ICE.

Cattle and hogs slid today on concern for economic growth as the U.S. payrolls was lower than expected. Demand for meat also tends to fall in July and August because of hot weather. August delivery for cattle futures slipped $0.002 (0.2 percent) to $0.8975 per pound as of 12:01 p.m. on CME. August settlement for hog futures dropped $0.008 (1 percent) to $0.8105 per pound.

Cocoa dropped today on concern that the U.S. economic recovery would stall, damping demand for commodities. U.S. nonfarm payrolls dropped in June more than expected. Housing market and manufacturing sector also showed signs of weakness. September delivery for cocoa declined $70 (2.3 percent) to $2,971 per metric ton on ICE.

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