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Sugar & Wheat Gain on Weather Concerns, Oil Rises

September 1, 2010 at 22:31 by Vladimir Vyun

Raw-sugar futures gained today on concerns that drought may threaten harvest in Brazil, the largest producer. Harvest of sugar-cane in Brazil’s Center South, the biggest growing region in the world, may be lower than estimated 570 million metric tons if dry weather persists. October delivery for raw sugar rose $0.0063 (3.2 percent) to $0.2038 per pound as of 10:48 on ICE.

While in some countries wheat harvest is also threatened by drought, in Europe wheat faces other danger: excessive rains. Wheat prices jumped on speculation that Germany and some other countries of the Western European Union would have too much rain and also after Egypt bought 225,000 metric tons of wheat from the US. December futures for wheat delivery gained $0.23 (3.4 percent) to $7.0875 per bushel by 13:15 on CBoT.

Crude oil prices jumped today after manufacturing in the US and China expanded in August faster than expected. ISM PMI in the US rose from 55.5 to 56.3 in August. October settlement for crude oil (Brent) went up $1.71 (2.3 percent) to $76.35 per barrel on ICE.

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