*Several dealers doubt China will raise import duty. LONDON/ BEIJING, May 22- A slide in sugar prices driven by excess supplies may be given fresh impetus soon with China, one of the world's top importers, likely to cut back on purchases after a sharp jump in stocks. "If China were to continue to buy large tonnages of sugar, that would be a bullish signal.» Read More
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.
*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.
LONDON, Dec 19- Arabica coffee futures on ICE were lower on Wednesday, drifting towards a 2-1/ 2 year low set last week, as increasing supplies from Brazil and Central America weighed on prices.
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.
*Record sugar output for Brazil 2013 crop expected. *Brazil farmers withhold coffee, hoping for higher prices. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 18- Raw sugar on ICE finished barely changed on Tuesday after tumbling initially on a supply surplus, as the sweetener continued its bid to recover from the more-than-two-year lows in price set last week.
*Record sugar output for Brazil 2013 crop expected. *Brazil farmers withhold coffee in hope of higher prices. Societe Generale said the market faced resistance at 19.45- 19.55 cents per lb and would need to break above these levels to extend towards the next resistance seen at 19.95- 20.10 cents per lb.
*Record sugar output for Brazil 2013 crop expected. *Brazil farmers withhold coffee in hope of higher prices. March raw sugar futures on ICE eased 0.05 cents or 0.3 percent to 19.36 cents a lb at 1127 GMT.
*Record sugar output for Brazil 2013 crop expected. *Brazil farmers withhold coffee, hoping for higher prices. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 18- Raw sugar on ICE slipped Tuesday on surplus supplies following two sessions of gains that lifted the market from the lowest level in more than two years.
*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.
LONDON, Dec 17- Raw sugar and arabica coffee futures on ICE were higher on Monday with both markets regaining some ground after falling last week to the lowest levels in more than two years. March raw sugar futures on ICE were up 0.14 cents or 0.7 percent at 19.15 cents a lb at 1302 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.
*Brisk pace of sugar exports seen from Brazil. March raw sugar futures on ICE were up 0.10 cent or 0.5 percent to 18.64 cents a lb at 1434 GMT after dipping to 18.31 cents the previous session, the lowest level for the benchmark front month since August 2010. Dealers said a fast pace of exports from top producer Brazil showed firm demand.