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Sugar Falls, Soybeans Gain on Harvest Forecasts

November 12, 2011 at 3:09 by Vladimir Vyun

Sugar declined on forecasts of good harvest. At the same time, expectations for soybean yield more pessimistic, causing the crop to gain.

Sugar was down on the signs of advancing output from Ukraine. Ukraine’s harvest of sugar beet was almost 29 percent larger than in the previous year as of November 1, according to the government report. The US Department of Agriculture estimated that Ukraine’s sugar exports will double in the 2011–12 season.

The USDA projections for soybeans, on the other hand, were more pessimistic. The USDA predicted that production in the USA will decline 8.5 percent to 82.9 million metric tons this year. The reason for the declining output is dry weather in parts of the United States.

March futures for delivery of raw sugar declined 1.6 percent to $0.2499 per pound by 8:21 on ICE. The weekly decline was 2.3 percent, while prices were down 22 percent over this year. Futures for delivery of soybeans in January advanced 0.7 percent to $11.755 per bushel as of 13:15 on CBoT.

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