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SOFTS-Arabica coffee price sinks to lowest in over 13 years

(Recasts throughout, updates prices; adds market activity, comments, NEW YORK dateline) NEW YORK/LONDON, April 1 (Reuters) - Arabica coffee futures on ICE fell on Monday to a December 2005 low as the harvest in top grower Brazil loomed over an already oversupplied market, while New York cocoa rose to a more than two-month high.


* May arabica coffee settled down 2.4 cents, or 2.5 percent, at 92.10 cents per lb.

* Prices traded as low as 91.65, the lowest since Dec. 14 2005.

* Coffee prices have collapsed on surplus supplies, especially from Brazil.

* The proximity of the Brazilian harvest was now adding more pressure to the market, said Rodrigo Costa, director of trading at Comexim USA.

* Brazil's arabica harvest starts next month, while the harvest of conilon, the variety of robusta grown there, starts this month.

* May robusta coffee settled down $38, or 2.6 percent, at $1,418 per tonne, after touching a 3-year low of $1,414.

* The robusta market has held up better than arabica over the past few months but its decline in recent days was now weighing on arabica, said Costa.


* May New York cocoa settled up $47, or 2.1 percent, at $2,327 per tonne, after peaking at $2,353, the highest since Jan. 18.

* London May cocoa settled up 21 pounds, or 1.2 percent, at 1,749 pounds per tonne.

* Prices are supported by signals of strong demand, dealers said, as well as concerns that the mid-crop in top grower Ivory Coast could be smaller than had previously been anticipated.

* A dry spell in some of the country's cocoa regions could affect the size and quality of the mid-crop, farmers said.

* Still, Ivorian output so far this year has been strong. Port arrivals in the country reached 1.697 million tonnes between Oct. 1 and March 31, exporters estimated, up about 13 percent year on year.


* May raw sugar settled up 0.14 cent, or 1.1 percent, at 12.67 cents per lb.

* "We continue to see NY sugar in a 12-13-cent range for the medium term and the market needs some positive news on demand or a weather event to shake the speculative community out of its stubborn short view," Sucden Financial senior trader Nick Penney said in a market note.

* May white sugar settled up $5.30, or 1.6 percent, at $330.10 per tonne, after falling to a six-month low of $320.70.

* Dealers closely watched the premium of May white sugar over raws <LSU-SB1=R>, which was as small as $48.06 on Monday after dipping to as $47.49 on Friday.

* "Refineries need a whites premium of over 70 or 80 (dollars)," said Claudiu Covrig, analyst at S&P Global Platts.

(Reporting by Ayenat Mersie in New York and Maytaal Angel in London; editing by David Evans and James Dalgleish)