*Ghana wants to increase investment in cocoa sector. *Ghana has strong democratic institutions, oil wealth funds. Ghana is used to resource riches: it is already the world's number two cocoa producer and Africa's second-largest gold miner.» Read More
NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 1- ICE raw sugar futures fell 2 percent on Friday for their biggest daily drop in two weeks, close to a 2-1/ 2- year low, and ICE cocoa fell the most in a month, as renewed worry about the global economy sank markets already pressured by ample supplies.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 27- ICE raw sugar futures turned positive after tapping a 2-1/ 2- year low on Wednesday, finding support from a firm commodity complex as the U.S. dollar fell, while cocoa traded little changed as rains improved the crop outlook in West Africa.
LONDON, Feb 27- ICE raw sugar futures hovered around a 2-1/ 2 year low on Wednesday, while cocoa eased as rains improved the outlook for crops in West Africa.
LONDON/ ABIDJAN, Feb 27- Reforms designed to give Ivory Coast cocoa farmers better returns could turn sour, as a sinking world market may force the world's top grower to cut its farmer price, risking a political backlash and jeopardising future supply.
LONDON, Feb 26- ICE raw sugar futures fell to a 2-1/ 2 year low on Tuesday with weakness in commodity and many other financial markets following Italy's inconclusive election result giving added impetus to a decline mainly driven by excess supplies.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 25- ICE raw sugar futures fell on Monday, after earlier trading higher, as a global supply glut pressured upward momentum, while arabica coffee fell after touching a two-week high, and cocoa futures rose. March raw sugar futures on ICE Futures U.S. were down 0.18 cent, or 1 percent, to 18.06 cents per lb at 12:41 EST.
*Brief strike in Brazil port Santos disrupts sugar loading. *Forward selling by Ghana keeps lid on cocoa prices. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 22- Coffee and sugar futures on ICE and Liffe climbed on Friday, extending gains above recent multi-year lows on short-covering, as unrest among port workers in top grower Brazil created uncertainty, dealers and analysts said.
LONDON, Feb 21- ICE sugar and coffee fell on Thursday, weighed by heavy supplies and a stronger dollar on worries that the U.S. economic stimulus may soon dry up, while cocoa edged higher in a technical correction to earlier losses.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 21- Raw sugar futures on ICE fell 1.5 percent in heavy dealings on Thursday, as a stronger dollar and swelling global supplies had investors selling futures, while cocoa bucked the downtrend in commodities and bounced up off an eight-month low.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 20- ICE coffee and raw sugar futures rebounded on Wednesday from lows hit in the past week, as short-covering lifted prices and outweighed expectations that hefty supplies from top producer Brazil will outstrip demand.
*US soy price up most in 7 month as Argentina output hit. *London cocoa at 10- month low, NY arabica coffee down too.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 19- Liffe cocoa futures hit a 10- month low on Tuesday, under pressure from good supply prospects for West Africa's mid crops, and raw sugar inched up on short-covering and signs of increased demand.
LONDON, Feb 19- Liffe cocoa futures hit a 10- month low on Tuesday, under pressure from good supply prospects for West Africa's mid crops, while arabica coffee slipped and raw sugar rose, although both were near more than two-year lows.
*West Africa cocoa mid-crops could be record size. LONDON, Feb 18- Liffe cocoa futures eased to a ten-month low on Monday as good supply prospects, combined with pent-up origin forward sales, kept the market on the defensive.
NEW YORK, Feb 14- Sugar and cocoa fell on Thursday as did gold and silver, but the commodities behind some of Valentine's Day treats have taken different paths from three years ago, with the sweets lower and the shiny items higher.
*Sugar retreats after failing to breach key resistance. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 6- Sugar, coffee and cocoa markets trading in both New York and London eased on Wednesday, with abundant supplies pressuring sugar and arabica, while cocoa followed lower trend in other commodities, with position rolling on ICE boosting volume.
LONDON, Feb 6- Raw sugar futures on ICE were lower on Wednesday, with the market back on the defensive after a short-covering rally as the focus returned to excess supplies, while arabica coffee and cocoa futures also fell. March raw sugar futures on ICE were off 0.13 cents, or 0.7 percent, at 18.43 cents a lb at 1341 GMT.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Jan 29- Raw sugar futures on ICE dropped on Tuesday as concerns receded over potentially damaging rains in Australia, the world's third-biggest exporter, pulling the market off the previous session's steep gains. "We had knee-jerk buying because of that," said James Cordier, founder and president at Liberty Trading Group in Tampa, Florida.
*Ivory Coast, Ghana seen behind in cocoa sales. The cocoa market remained under pressure from expectations of forward sales from West Africa, combined with a pick-up in supplies arriving at ports of top producer Ivory Coast for export.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Jan 28- Cocoa futures on ICE eased to a seven-month low on Monday, dropping for the third straight day as the weak sterling and long liquidation pressured the market, while short-covering lifted raw sugar to a two-week high in heavy volume. Coffee futures trading in both New York and London turned quietly lower.