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Sugar Rallies on Supply Concern

February 7, 2011 at 23:07 by Vladimir Vyun

Sugar rallied today on the speculation that output will trail consumption, causing a global deficit. Production in India, the second biggest grower after Brazil, may be lower than previously predicted. Balrampur, India’s second-largest sugar company, estimated that production in India in the year ending September 30 will be 24.5 million metric tons, compared to the November forecast of 25 million tons.

Australia, the third biggest exporter, will also have reduced output as the crops were harmed by adverse weather. Rabobank estimated that the next harvest will produce 3.5 million metric tons. That’s compared to the previous harvest of 3.6 million tons and the earlier forecast of 4.2 million for the next harvest.

March delivery for raw sugar rose $0.0041 (1.3 percent) to $0.3305 per pound by 11:17 on ICE. May futures for delivery of refined sugar advanced $11.20 (1.5 percent) to $780.70 per metric ton on NYSE.

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