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Sugar Climbs on Speculation of More Ethanol Demand; Coffee Falls

April 04, 2013

Sugar rose for the first time in three days in New York on speculation more of the new cane harvest in Brazil, the world’s largest producer, will be used for ethanol. Coffee declined.

Sugar waiting to be loaded at ports in Brazil was 817,977 metric tons, according to figures e-mailed yesterday from Williams Servicos Maritimos Ltda. The line-up was 1.04 million tons a week earlier. Brazil’s cane harvest, used to make ethanol and sugar, usually starts in April, boosting supplies.

“This means that maybe more cane is being used for ethanol and that there may be less raws available in May,” said Keith Flury, an analyst at Rabobank International in London, by e-mail today. “At this time you might expect the line-up to keep growing.”

Raw sugar for May delivery jumped 0.7 percent to 17.62 cents a pound by 8:48 a.m. on ICE Futures U.S. in New York. Prices have dropped 9.7 percent this year with Brazil forecast by Sucres et Denrees SA to have a record cane crop.

Arabica coffee fell 1.1 percent to $1.3795 a pound in New York and robusta beans dropped 0.8 percent to $2,066 a pound in London.

Cocoa declined 1 percent to $2,128 a ton in New York and fell 1.1 percent in London to 1,448 pounds ($2,190) a ton.

To contact the reporter on this story: Claudia Carpenter in London at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net


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