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Coffee, Hogs & Sugar Falls on Outlook for Lower Demand

August 3, 2010 at 19:51 by Vladimir Vyun

Hogs futures slipped today on forecast that high US pork prices may diminish retail demand. Meatpackers shipped 9.215 million pounds of pork last week, the worst week since late June. October futures for hog settlement slid $0.003 (0.4 percent) to $0.793 per pound at 9:42 on CME.

Raw sugar experienced a strongest decrease in almost two moths on speculation that supplies from Brazil and India, the world’s largest producers, would increase, erasing the global deficit. Production in Brazil’s Center South increased by 26 percent in the first half of July, while cane planting in India was boosted by rains, which were 2.5 percent above the 50-year average in July. October delivery for raw sugar slumped $0.0079 (4.1 percent) to $0.1861 per pound by 9:45 on ICE.

Coffee futures dropped the most in two weeks on speculation that the commodity rallied too much, considering the anticipated high supplies from Brazil, the biggest producer. Global coffee production may grow 12 percent to 135 million bags in the year starting October 1st. September delivery for Arabica coffee slid $0.0475 (2.8 percent) to $1.6775 per pound as of 10:04 on ICE.

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