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LONDON, Dec 28- Arabica coffee futures on ICE were lower on Friday, back on the defensive as a rebound from the lowest levels in more than two years petered out, while raw sugar and cocoa both posted modest gains. March arabica coffee futures on ICE fell 1.10 cents or 0.7 percent to $1.4680 per lb at 1146 GMT while May dipped 1.70 cents or 1.1 percent to $1.49 per lb.
*Sugar upside seen capped by producer sales at 19.50 cents. LONDON, Dec 27- Cocoa futures on Liffe fell to the lowest levels in almost seven months on Thursday as the market extended this month's steep setback linked to bearish charts and improving crop conditions in top grower Ivory Coast.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 27- Cocoa futures extended their losses to set multi-month lows on Thursday on technical selling after falling below key 200- day moving averages, with the markets in both London and New York facing their first weak quarterly performance in a year.
*Liffe markets closed for Boxing Day holiday. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 26- U.S. cocoa futures fell for the seventh straight day on Wednesday, dropping to a five-month low, as some investors liquidated their long positions in thin holiday dealings as the end of the year approached. The Liffe softs markets remained closed for Boxing Day.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 24- Cocoa futures in New York sank for a sixth straight session to fresh five-month lows on Monday as speculative investors and producers continued to bet on lower prices due to plentiful supplies and sluggish demand. But there are no fundamentals to drive higher, "said Jack Scoville of the Price Futures Group in Chicago.
LONDON, Dec 24- Cocoa futures on Liffe fell to the lowest levels in around seven months on Monday, with charts seen bearish following the recent weak performance of prices and forward selling of West Africa's 2013/ 14 crop also helping to keep the market on the defensive.
*ICE buying NYSE Euronext for $8 billion. NEW YORK, Dec 20- After its blockbuster $8 billion deal to buy NYSE Euronext, the IntercontinentalExchange will have a near monopoly on futures trading in the world's tastiest commodities, from sugar to cocoa to coffee.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 20- Cocoa hit multi-month lows in U.K. and U.S. trading on Thursday as technical selling pressure and liquidation by funds seeking to balance books before the year-end weighed on the confection and beverage commodity.
LONDON, Dec 20- Cocoa futures on Liffe dipped to a six-month low on Thursday, extending the previous session's losses, after breaking below significant support levels on historical price charts.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 19- Cocoa futures on Liffe dropped to a five-month low in heavy volume on Wednesday as o rigin selling and speculative long liquidation spurred fa lls bel ow key levels, while raw sugar fel l as a rebound from the lowest levels in more than two years stalled.
*Gains in Ivory Coast boost mid-crop cocoa outlook. Cocoa futures on ICE were slightly lower as rains improved the outlook for crops in parts of top grower Ivory Coast. March raw sugar futures on ICE were up 0.19 cents or 1.0 percent at 19.20 cents a lb at 1540 GMT.
*Brisk pace of sugar exports seen from Brazil. *Cocoa dealers eye beginning of Ivory Coast auction. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 14- Arabica coffee futures on ICE slipped to a 2-1/ 2- year low for the third straight session on Friday, while raw sugar recovered a bit after falling the previous session to the lowest level since August 2010, as both markets faced surplus supplies.
*Brisk pace of sugar exports seen from Brazil. *Cocoa dealers eye beginning of Ivory Coast auction.
ZURICH, Dec 12- Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut is buying the cocoa business of Singaporean group Petra Foods to reduce its dependence on West African beans as it expands in emerging markets.
*Barry Callebaut shares drop 2 pct. ZURICH, Dec 12- Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut is buying the cocoa business of Singapore's Petra Foods to reduce its dependence on West African raw materials as it expands in emerging markets.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 12- Raw sugar futures on ICE slipped to the lowest level in more than two years on Wednesday and cocoa jumped as the spot contract trading on Liffe expired, with dealers anticipating a small delivery.
*Rains may boost tail of Ivory Coast cocoa crop. "We've seen the March/May spread and the May/July spread weaken over the last few sessions," said James Kirkup, director of sugar brokerage at ABN AMRO Markets, noting that the strong tail to Brazil's crop has probably boosted availability into March.
*Arabica prices seen rangebound- Barclays. *Sugar underpinned by talk of Brazil gasoline price rise. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 6- Cocoa futures on Liffe turned firm on Thursday after hitting their 200- day moving average and pushing the spot contract's premium to the highest level in more than two years.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 5- Arabica coffee futures on ICE hit a 2-1/ 2- year low as the market looked for a bottom on Wednesday, and then turned higher along with the commodity complex, while cocoa eased on earlier investor concerns about U.S. budget talks. "In coffee, we're making a secondary low," said Shawn Hackett, of Hackett Financial Advisors in Florida.
*Cocoa dealers debate Ivory Coast crop size. LONDON, Dec 5- Raw sugar edged lower on Wednesday as ample supply kept a lid on prices and the market remained stuck in a tight range. March raw sugar futures on ICE were down 0.04 cent or 0.2 percent to 19.40 cents a lb at 1539 GMT, remaining stuck in its recent trading range of between 19 and 20 cents per lb.