SOFTS-Coffee and sugar futures boosted by weaker dollar

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LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Coffee and sugar futures on ICE were higher on Wednesday, boosted by gains in commodity markets as the dollar weakened following U.S. mid-term elections.


* January robusta coffee had risen $7, or 0.4 percent, to $1,676 a tonne by 1521 GMT.

* Dealers said the market had recovered some ground after falling to a one-month low on Tuesday, but might struggle to rise much further with the harvest in top robusta producer Vietnam beginning to gather pace.

* "We suspect the market will remain under pressure in the near term, but buying appetite at $1,667 has been strong of late," Sucden Financial technical analyst Geordie Wilkes said.

* March arabica coffee was up 0.80 cents, or 0.7 percent, at $1.1845 per lb.


* March raw sugar was up 0.09 cents, or 0.7 percent, at 13.05 cents per lb.

* Dealers said the market remained underpinned by a tighter supply outlook for 2018/19, with some expecting a small global deficit for that season.

* INTL FCStone on Wednesday forecast a small global surplus of 1.0 million tonnes in 2018/19.

* The market rebounded strongly after the front month dipped below 10 cents per lb in late September, but dealers said the rally had been showing signs of losing momentum during the last couple of weeks.

* "We feel the bear market low has been placed and a secondary buying opportunity will emanate in the weeks ahead," Shawn Hackett, president of Hackett Financial Advisors said in a market note.

* December white sugar was up $2.90, or 0.9 percent, at $344.90 a tonne.


* March New York cocoa rose $4, or 0.2 percent, to $2,392 a tonne.

* The CEO of chocolate maker Barry Callebaut said on Wednesday he expected healthy global demand to continue in coming years.

* The global chocolate confectionery market grew by 1.8 percent between August 2017 and August 2018, according to Nielsen data published by Barry Callebaut on Wednesday.

The data indicated there was a 1.9 percent rise in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), 0.7 percent in the Americas and 4.9 percent in the Asia-Pacific region.

* March London cocoa fell 9 pounds, or 0.5 percent, to 1,717 pounds a tonne, weighed partly by a stronger pound. (Reporting by Nigel Hunt; Editing by Alexander Smith and Mark Potter)