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Decline of Corn & Sugar, Record Cotton Price Since 2008

February 18, 2010 at 22:44 by Vladimir Vyun

Corn and wheat slid today on speculation that demand is shifting from U.S. grain. Lower quality of U.S. corn crop may result in business shifting to supplies from competing nations. May futures for corn delivery fell $0.0225 (0.6 percent) to $3.695 per bushel by 10:26 on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Cotton price reached the highest level since July 2008 on signs that the dollar will decline, increasing the demand for commodities as a hedge against inflation. The dollar dropped 0.2 percent versus a basket of six major currencies before rebounding. May futures for cotton delivery advanced $0.0037 (0.5 percent) to $0.7648 per pound as of 11:28 on ICE.

White sugar declined in London today as technicals signal that further drops may lie ahead. Prices also slid as the dollar rebounded, curbing appeal of commodities priced in U.S. currency. May delivery for white sugar slipped $10 (1.4 percent) to $704 per metric ton on the Liffe exchange.

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