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Orange Juice Falls on Outlook for Ample Supply; Cotton Drops

September 28, 2011

Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Orange-juice futures fell for the fifth time in six sessions on signs that supplies will remain ample as crops increase in Brazil, the world’s leading grower, and Florida, the second-biggest. Cotton also dropped.

Orange output this year in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, the largest growing region, will rise 17 percent to 377.1 million boxes from a year earlier, the government said on Sept. 1. Florida’s production will increase 2.2 percent this season to 142 million boxes, Elizabeth Steger, an independent forecaster, said last month. A box weighs 90 pounds, or 41 kilograms.

“The pressure is coming from the weak economy in Europe, the main buyer of Brazil’s oranges, which may leave some of that bigger supply available for the U.S. market,” Judy Ganes-Chase, the president of J. Ganes Consulting in Katonah, New York, said in a telephone interview.

Orange juice for November delivery fell 0.3 cent, or 0.2 percent, to settle at $1.5115 a pound at 2 p.m. on ICE Futures U.S. in New York. The price has declined 7.6 percent this year.

Cotton futures for December delivery dropped 0.62 cent, or 0.6 percent, to 99.53 cents a pound in New York. The fiber has tumbled 55 percent from a record $2.197 on March 7.

--Editors: Patrick McKiernan, Millie Munshi

To contact the reporter on this story: Marvin G. Perez in New York at mperez71@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steve Stroth at sstroth@bloomberg.net


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