*Small delivery seen against London cocoa expiry. Cocoa edged up as traders focused on expiry of the London March contract. "The lower price has forced more people to fix contracts", before prices fall further, one London- based coffee futures broker said.» Read More
*Analysts see damage to Brazil coffee due to drought. LONDON, March 11- Arabica coffee futures rose over 2 percent on Tuesday to hit a two-year high and sugar hovered near a four-month peak on concerns over a drought in top grower Brazil.
*Cocoa dealers worry about quality despite good weather. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 10- Arabica coffee prices on ICE climbed to a two-year high in light volume on Monday after top grower Brazil's parched coffee belt received less weekend rain than expected, raising the prospect of a 2014/ 15 global deficit. Cocoa was up a shade after nearing 2-1/ 2- year highs.
*Cocoa moves sideways, underpinned by firm demand. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 5- Arabica coffee futures surged on heavy investor buying on Wednesday, nearing a two-year high as concern about crop damage from a drought in top grower Brazil continued to fuel the volatile market, while raw sugar jumped to a four-month high. Cocoa on ICE Futures U.S. and Liffe were firm.
SINGAPORE, Feb 21- Global cocoa prices have rallied to 2-1/ 2- year highs on worries El Nino could return in 2014, while other agricultural commodity markets could also be hit by the spectre of the weather anomaly. El Nino means "boy" in Spanish and was first used by anchovy fishermen in Ecuador and Peru in the 19th century.
CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports cocoa prices are up more than 35 percent over the past 12 months.
"Chocolate is more popular than ever," explains Godiva CEO Jim Goldman, in discussing just how popular Valentine's Day is for his stores. He discusses high cocoa prices right now.
Jonathan Parkman, head of agriculture at Marex Spectron, says the strong performance of Mondelez and Nestle in the cocoa sector underpinned the commodity's price rally last year.
NEW YORK, Feb 12- The softs complex dominated gains in commodities markets on Wednesday as cocoa hit 2-1/ 2- year highs while raw sugar and arabica coffee rallied on factors ranging from bullish crop weather to an India government subsidy and investor speculation.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 12- Cocoa futures in New York and London hit 2-1/ 2- year highs on Wednesday on worries that potential El Nino weather conditions could curb global cocoa output, while ICE raw sugar rallied the most in almost two weeks on short-covering. May cocoa on ICE gained $43, or 1.3 percent, to settle at $2,971 a tonne, after hitting a 2-1/ 2- year high of $2,974.
*India sets sugar support at 3,333 rupees/ tonne. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 12- Cocoa futures in New York and London hit 2-1/ 2- year highs on Wednesday on worries that potential El Nino weather conditions could curb global cocoa output, while raw sugar prices rallied the most in almost two weeks on short-covering.
Cocoa is up about 30 percent in the last 12 months, reports CNBC's Morgan Brennan. Stronger demand, and fewer supplies are contributing.
Jonathan Parkman, head of agriculture at Marex Spectron, discusses the outlook for the cocoa market in 2014 and the role emerging markets will play in the price movement of the commodity.
*Cocoa grind data to be released Thursday at 2100 GMT.
ABIDJAN, Jan 10- Smugglers have trafficked around 40,000 tonnes of Ghanaian cocoa beans into top grower Ivory Coast since November to take advantage of a drop in Ghana's cedi currency, exporters and merchants said.
*Cocoa supported by expected stronger grind data. Cocoa futures climbed in rangebound dealings while Liffe robusta coffee dropped. March raws on ICE were down 0.30 cent, or 1.9 percent, at 15.76 cents a lb by 12:10 p.m. EST after touching 15.72 cents, the weakest level for the front month since July 2010.
NEW YORK, Jan 3- Gold hit two-week highs and cocoa also rallied while many other commodities were down or little changed on Friday after a snowstorm hit the east coast of the United States, keeping traders from their desks and thinning market volumes.
Gold edged lower on heightening concerns over deflation, oil slipped on profit-taking after three days of gains and cocoa fell from a 2- year high, consolidating from last week's rally. Gold edged lower, heading for its biggest annual loss in three decades and facing further downside forecasts for 2014..
*Vietnam robusta beans sold at discount to London futures. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 19- ICE raw sugar jumped on Thursday, recovering from the previous day's 3-1/ 2 year low as a technically oversold condition drove buying. Cocoa futures advanced in rangebound trade, underpinned by deficit expectations and drawing support from the U.S.
*Strong Ivory Coast port arrivals threaten cocoa bull run. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 18- ICE raw sugar futures and Liffe whites quietly extended losses to 3-1/ 2 year lows on Wednesday, falling deeper into oversold territory as funds continued to sell a market weighed down by surplus supplies.
NEW YORK, Nov 15- Coffee had its biggest gain in more than two years in London, reflecting bad harvesting weather for Vietnam's robusta crop, while cocoa rallied in New York as the "softs" markets dominated Friday's action in commodities. Coffee and cocoa had among the biggest gains of the day on the Thomson Reuters/ Core Commodity CRB index.