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Sugar Falls as Dollar Advance; Will Hogs Reach $0.75?

January 15, 2010 at 21:24 by Vladimir Vyun

Sugar dropped after the dollar gained, cutting appeal of some riskier assets. The greenback gained 0.7 percent versus a basket of six major currencies. The rising dollar puts some commodities under pressure. March futures for raw-sugar delivery slid $0.0014 (0.5 percent) to $0.2762 per pound as of 9:48 on ICE.

Hog futures reached the nine-months high as rising demand for the meat pushed the U.S. wholesale-pork prices to the record in 15 months. Wholesale pork climbed 8.4 percent to $0.7305 per pound yesterday, the highest level since October 2008. Analysts say that historical price patterns show the possibility for wholesale pork to reach $0.75 per pound before going down. April futures for hog settlement added $0.0065 (0.9 percent) to $0.734 per pound by 11:00 on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

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