General Comments: Futures closed a little higher on speculative buying. Futures are still trading near the upper end of the winter trading range. Temperatures are warm in the state, and conditions are dry again, and talk about the potential for more fruit drop and poor development of the crop for next year returned. Forecasts now call for colder weather to hit the state later this week. It is possible that some areas will see freezing temperatures, and crop development is reported to be far enough along that some damage or loss is possible. Our private forecast calls for potentially freezing temperatures n many Florida growing areas early next week. Harvest in Florida of mid and early oranges is almost over, and the Valencia harvest is underway. Bloom has been reported in groves in all production areas of the state. Weather in Brazil is reported to be good. Brazil is seeing near to above normal temperatures and scattered showers. Harvest is continuing.
Overnight News: Florida weather forecasts call for mostly dry conditions. Temperatures will average below normal.
Chart Trends: Trends in FCOJ are mixed. Support is at 124.00, 122.00, and 120.00 May, with resistance at 130.50, 132.00, and 134.00 May.
General Comments: Futures were a little lower yesterday. Wire reports that Texas could plant 25% less are to Cotton was very supportive as the state produces half the US crop. Bears still point to increasing certified stocks levels for reasons to be bearish. Demand bulls noted positive economic data in general and ideas of reduced planted area in the US this season as reasons to buy. The current low new crop prices are bringing into question what farmers in Texas and the Delta and Southeast will plant this year. Some are wondering if planted area might be lower this year here in the US due to weak prices against competing crops. The area lost would go mostly to Corn and Soybeans. Texas areas should turn drier for the rest of the week after a lot of precipitation hit the growing areas over the last couple of days. Delta and Southeast areas will see some significant precipitation later in the week.
Overnight News: The Delta and Southeast will see dry conditions. Temperatures will average below normal. Texas will get dry weather. Temperatures will average below normal, but above normal on Sunday. The USDA spot price is now 75.84 ct/lb. ICE said that certified Cotton stocks are now 0.381 million bales, from 0.364 million yesterday. ICE said that 53 contracts were delivered yesterday and that total deliveries for the month are 1,309 contracts. USDA said that net Upland Cotton export sales were 152,900 bales this year and 80,800 bales next year. Net Pima sales were 24,700 bales this year and 0 bales next year.
Chart Trends: Trends in Cotton are mixed. Support is at 84.00, 83.80, and 83.40 May, with resistance of 85.25, 85.55, and 86.30 May.
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General Comments: Futures were mixed to mostly a little lower yesterday. It still seems that New York is trying to form a low in this area. Some support came from news that Colombia Coffee farmers will not deliver as they seek higher prices for crops and some support came from even more reports of severe rust damage in Central America. Reports of rust in Central America and the production cuts that it is causing are getting more attention. For now, it looks like Central America could lose at least 20% of the total crop this year and more next year. Losses next year could be 30% or more of the crop. Guatemala is now saying it could lose half of the crop next year. Current crop development is still good this year in Brazil, and production areas are getting drier weather for the developing crop. There is some talk the drier weather could stress trees. Production ideas remain big there. Vietnam producers there talk about the potential for 25% crop losses due to prolonged drought in the Central Highlands. India might lose 5% of its Robusta crop due to unseasonal rains at harvest time. Central America crops are mostly harvested. Colombia is reported to have good conditions.
Overnight News: Certified stocks are lower today and are about 2.682 million bags. The ICO composite price is now 132.52 ct/lb. Brazil should get scattered showers through Wednesday, then mostly dry weather. Temperatures will average near to above normal. Colombia should get scattered showers, and Central America and Mexico should get mostly dry conditions. Temperatures should average near to above normal. ICE said that 0 contracts were delivered today against March futures and that total deliveries for the month are 101 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed. Support is at 141.00, 137.00, and 134.00 May, and resistance is at 145.00, 147.00, and 149.00 May. Trends in London are mixed to up with objectives of 2110 and 2145 May. Support is at 2070, 2040, and 2010 May, and resistance is at 2110, 2130, and 2140 May. Trends in Sao Paulo are mixed. Support is at 180.00, 178.00, and 177.00 September, and resistance is at 183.00, 185.00, and 187.00 September.
General Comments: Futures closed higher in New York, and higher in London. It seems that demand for White Sugar is good right now and that has supported London for now. Chart trends in London are now up, but trends in New York are down. But, big supplies of Sugarcane and Raw Sugar keep new York from participating in the rally, at least so far, and the market remains in a sideways trend even though trends are trying to turn up. Brazil said it will increase the ethanol in its gasoline blends in May, and this could help work off a lot of the surplus production in Brazil and could tighten world balance sheets. Production has been strong in Brazil so far this year, and reports say that the new crop production looks to be strong as well, so the diversion into more domestic ethanol use will help. However, some Brazil production areas have been too dry in the south, so the production could suffer. Recent rains were beneficial, and more rain is possible in the region this week. Exports from Brazil continue to be very strong. Chart patterns now show that a rally is possible, with London likely to be the leader in any rally attempt.
Overnight News: Mostly dry weather expected in Brazil. Temperatures should be near to below normal.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed. Support is at 1820, 1810, and 1795 May, and resistance is at 1860, 1875, and 1900 May. Trends in London are mixed to up with objectives of 515.00 and 528.00 May. Support is at 512.00, 506.00, and 502.50 May, and resistance is at 517.00, 520.00, and 522.00 May.
General Comments: Futures closed a little higher yesterday. Market trends are still down overall, but ideas are that the market can turn higher now that the main harvest in West Africa is about over. Short term trends have turned sideways as futures settle into a consolidation pattern. The weather was warm and dry in West Africa this week, but temperaturas are not extreme. Hot and dry winds now could hurt the mid crop production and also hurt some development of the crops for next year. For now, traders expect good mid crop production from West Africa. Malaysia and Indonesia crops appear to be in good condition and weather is called favorable. Traders are starting to look ahead and past the midcrop harvest and note that the market could move to a production déficit next year. More buying is being noted in deferred months at this time due to smaller production ideas for the coming crops.
Overnight News: Mostly dry conditions are expected in West Africa. Temperatures will average above normal. Malaysia and Indonesia should see episodes of scattered showers, but Malaysia will be drier this weekend. Temperatures should average near normal. Brazil will get scattered showers and warm temperatures. ICE said that 15 contracts were delivered today against March contracts and that total deliveries for the month are now 826 contracts. ICE certified stocks are sharply higher today at 4.429 million bags.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed. Support is at 2100, 2085, and 2050 May, with resistance at 2155, 2190, and 2210 May. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 1415, 1405, and 1390 May, with resistance at 1435, 1450, and 1475 May.