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Cocoa, Coffee, Sugar Decline as Dollar Advances

February 4, 2010 at 22:55 by Vladimir Vyun

Cocoa futures dropped after the dollar gained, causing an equity decline and, as a result, the investment attractiveness of commodities to wane. Decline is also caused by concerns that jobless rate in the U.S. and rising debt in Europe will stall economic revival. Analysts say that “equities can very easily break cocoa”. May futures for cocoa delivery fell $55 (1.7 percent) to $3,125 per metric ton on ICE Futures U.S. in New York.

Coffee price tumbled to the four-month low. Analysts say that this drop caused by the dollar’s rebound, not fundamentals. The dollar’s advance may convince investors and funds to take money out of commodities. March futures for Arabica-coffee delivery waned $0.0145 (1.1 percent) to $1.3155 per pound today.

Sugar went down in New York to the two-week low as the dollar rebounded against the euro, curbing investment appeal of the commodity. The U.S. currency gained 1.2 percent versus the euro, putting commodities under pressure. Some analysts say that sugar will be traded in a range of $0.27–$0.29 in the next couple of months if it wouldn’t fall below $0.27 now. March futures for raw-sugar delivery slid $0.0062 (2.2 percent) to $0.28 per pound by 13:08 on ICE.

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