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Cocoa Futures Slump to Nine-Month Low on Supply Outlook

March 06, 2013

Cocoa futures fell to a nine-month low on speculation that supplies will increase in Ivory Coast, the world’s top producer. Cotton gained, while coffee, orange juice and sugar dropped.

AccuWeather Inc., based in State College, Pennsylvania, said in a report that Ivory Coast will get 0.5 inch of rain a day on average through March 8, bolstering cocoa crops. Money managers and other large speculators cut bets on a rally by 14 percent to 12,571 futures and options as of Feb. 26, the lowest since July, the latest government data showed on March 1.

“Fundamentally speaking, rain in the Ivory Coast forecast is looked upon as bearish,” John Caruso, a senior commodity broker at RJO Futures in Chicago, said in an e-mail. “Commercial traders are unwinding long bets.”

Cocoa for May delivery dropped 0.8 percent to close at $2,042 a metric ton at 11:58 a.m. on ICE Futures U.S. Earlier, the price touched $2,038, the lowest for a most-active contract since June 4. The commodity has dropped 8.7 percent this year, while inventory monitored by the exchange climbed 16 percent.

Cotton futures for May delivery advanced 0.3 percent to 87.23 cents a pound at 1:01 p.m. in New York. Earlier, the price reached 87.59 cents, the highest since May 7.

Arabica-coffee futures for May delivery dropped 0.1 percent to $1.4105 a pound.

Orange-juice futures for May delivery fell 0.8 percent to $1.225 a pound.

Raw-sugar futures for May delivery declined 0.2 percent to 18.15 cents a pound,

To contact the reporters on this story: Oliver Renick in Chicago at orenick1@bloomberg.net; 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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