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Decline of Wheat & Cocoa

March 2, 2010 at 21:10 by Vladimir Vyun

Wheat slipped after dollar gained and Iraq shifted from U.S. grain to supplies from Canada and Russia. The greenback advanced 0.8 percent versus a basket of six major currencies today. Iraq bought 100,000 metric tons of wheat from Canada and 280,000 tons from Russia. May futures for wheat delivery dropped $0.0475 (0.9 percent) to $4.9975 per bushel as of 10:17 on CBoT.

Cocoa sank to the lowest in three months in London on outlook for increasing production in Ivory Coast. While output in Ivory Coast hasn’t returned to its highest level, production is higher then previously predicted. Analysts rose forecast for Ivory Coast cocoa supply for 2009–2010 period by as much as 44,000 metric tons up from January to 3.425 million tons. Cocoa for may delivery fell 1.3 percent to $2,824 per metric ton by 17:24 on ICE Futures U.S. in New York.

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