LONDON, June 17- Sugar production looks set to remain stubbornly above demand for at least another 12 months, despite a halving in global prices, as mills in top exporter Brazil are forced to keep supplies flowing to recoup massive investments. No, "said Pierre Sebag of London- based consultancy Sugar K Ltd..» Read More
*Ivory Coast cocoa production forecast to fall 13 percent. Ivory Coast expects its cocoa output to dip 13 percent this season to 1.289 million tonnes due mainly to a lack of investment in ageing plantations, a top official at the Coffee and Cocoa Council said in an interview.
*Ivory Coast cocoa arrivals pick up. LONDON, Jan 3- Raw sugar futures slid on Thursday as the market refocused on bearish fundamentals after it was swept higher in the rally across the commodities complex the previous session. It all comes back to the surplus, "said a London- based broker.
Cocoa prices were little changed as arrivals at ports in top producer Ivory Coast picked up, while raw sugar prices were lower.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Jan 3- Raw sugar futures on ICE Futures U.S. fell more than 3 percent on Thursday, while arabica coffee turned lower after hitting a seven-week high, as commodities came under pressure with the dollar rising on concerns about looming U.S. political battles over the budget.
*COMING UP: Markets to shut Jan. 1 for New Year holiday. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 28- Raw sugar futures on ICE turned lower after hitting a three-week high on Friday, loosing upward momentum after extending a rebound above the 50- day moving average.
*Arabica coffee could fall if Brazil sales pick-up. March raw sugar futures on ICE were up 0.05 cent or 0.3 percent at 19.50 cents a lb at 1512 GMT after hitting a three-week high of 19.58 cents. "Sugar prices have seen a bit of a rebound, but our outlook for the market remains quite negative," Credit Suisse analyst Tobias Merath said.
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.
*Copper hits 1- week high on bullish China data. NEW YORK, Dec 27- Copper hit one-week highs on Thursday on encouraging data from top metals buyer China and sugar rallied too, but most other commodities saw little change they reopened from the Christmas break to news that U.S. budget talks were still in a stalemate.
*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.
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