General Comments: Futures closed lower on signs of improving weather. Some speculators are rolling positions or liquidating positions as First Notice Day is coming with the start of May as well. The growing conditions are getting better in many parts of Florida, and are expected to improve over time. Some good rains were seen in the state over the weekend, but drought conditions persist overall. Conditions should turn dry again for the rest of this week. Greening disease and what it might mean to production prospects continues to be a primary support item. Irrigation is widespread, even with recent rains. Temperatures are warm in the state. The Valencia harvest is continuing. Brazil is seeing near to above normal temperatures and dry weather.
Overnight News: Florida weather forecasts call for mostly dry conditions after some showers today. Temperatures will average near to above normal. USDA said that total FCOJ in Cold Storage is now 89,829 gallons, from 88,455 in February and 95,691 gallons last year.
Chart Trends: Trends in FCOJ are mixed to down with objectives of 138.00 and 132.00 May. Support is at 141.00, 140.00, and 135.00 May, with resistance at 140.50, 150.50, and 152.00 May.
General Comments: Futures were higher on talk of more Chinese buying interest. No new buying has been confirmed, but China has been buying here, anyway, despite big government stocks that are becoming available to industry there. Planting and growing conditions remain in a state of flux in the US. Rains are moving through the Delta and Southeast this week to slow planting progress, and it is still cold and dry in the north Texas region. The weather after this week is expected to turn somewhat warmer and drier. Some traders think that US planted area will increase from the estimates released at the end of March due to more favorable Cotton futures prices and sinking Corn and Soybeans futures prices. Weather will be watched as more wet weather in the Delta and Southeast could create less interest in Corn and more in Cotton to avoid having Corn pollinate in the hottest time of the year. Producers have been active planting depending on the region involved. Demand ideas remain strong overall based on the strong export paces seen in the USDA reports in recent weeks and on reports of tight domestic and world cash markets, but export demand is a little less lately.
Overnight News: The Delta and Southeast will see rains and storms over the second half of the week. Temperatures will average below normal. Texas will get mostly dry weather. Temperatures will average much below normal through Wednesday, then will trend to near normal by Friday. The USDA spot price is now 80.93 ct/lb. ICE said that certified Cotton stocks are now 0.498 million bales, from 0.487 million yesterday. USDA said that Cotton is now 10% planted, from 8% last week, 17% last year, and 14% average.
Chart Trends: Trends in Cotton are mixed. Support is at 85.00, 84.00, and 83.30 May, with resistance of 86.60, 87.50, and 88.00 May.
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General Comments: Futures were mixed after a light volume trading day. All markets still show signs of completing bottoms. Spreads in both London and New York have been firm, implying the market has demand and fewer offers. First Notice Day deliveries were light in New York. Prices in general have been weak as traders anticipate another big crop out of Brazil starting the summer, but bears have been unable to push futures lower in the last couple of weeks. Ideas are that supplies are good for now and can only increase down the road as Brazil will soon start to harvest. Rains continue in Vietnam and crop conditions have improved. Current crop development is still good this year in Brazil, but it has been dry for the past week. Production ideas remain big there. Central America crops are mostly harvested and is too dry for new crop flowering. Colombia is reported to have good conditions.
Overnight News: Certified stocks are slightly lower today and are about 2.737 million bags. ICE delivery notices are 11 contracts today and now total 96 contracts for the month. LIFFE stocks are now 12,625 lots. The ICO composite price is now 132.84 ct/lb. Brazil should get mostly dry conditions. 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.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed to up with objectives of 145.00 and 151.00 July. Support is at 140.00, 137.00, and 134.00 July, and resistance is at 145.00, 147.00, and 150.00 July. Trends in London are mixed to up with objectives of 2150 and 2215 July. Support is at 2065, 2045, and 2035 July, and resistance is at 2120, 2130, and 2140 July. Trends in Sao Paulo are mixed. Support is at 168.00, 166.00, and 163.00 September, and resistance is at 176.00, 180.00, and 183.00 September.
General Comments: Futures closed lower and traded within the trading range. Traders remain bearish on supplies, and this has hurt New York prices. London traders note that the spread between the two markets makes Sugar processing profitable and that White Sugar supplies should be large as well. Traders are keeping an eye on developments in Brazil and expect big production as the harvest moves forward. However, Brazil mills could concentrate on Ethanol production first and Sugar production second, and that could create some short term shortages for the market. Most traders remain bearish longer term on ideas that big production will be available to the market as the Brazil harvest is processed and comes to market. Chart patterns are sideways for the short term. Reports indicate that Brazil will start harvesting this month and that a big offer is expected. Exports from Brazil continue to be very strong overall despite the port problems.
Overnight News: Mostly dry conditions are expected in Brazil. Temperatures should average near to above normal. USDA said that Sugarbeets are now 16% planted, from 13% last week, 58% last year, and 34% average.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed. Support is at 1740, 1710, and 1680 July, and resistance is at 1800, 1830, and 1850 July. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 500.00, 496.00, and 494.00 August, and resistance is at 513.00, 516.00, and 520.00 August.
General Comments: Futures closed lower on what appeared to be speculative long liquidation after futures could not break important resistance areas near 2350 July. Chart patterns suggest further rallies could be coming and fundamentals for the short term could support the charts as demand has been better than trade expectations. The flow of Cocoa from western Africa is weaker, and traders wonder about the quality and size of the mid-crop after some hot and dry weather during the growing season. However, weather has improved in western Africa lately with more rain and somewhat cooler temperatures. Ideas are that production in West Africa could be less next crop year as well despite the improved weather as farmers have not liked offered prices. The mid-crop harvest is underway, and less than expected production along with smaller beans is reported. Malaysia and Indonesia crops appear to be in good condition and weather is called favorable.
Overnight News: Scattered showers are expected in West Africa. Temperatures will average near to above normal. Malaysia and Indonesia should see episodes of isolated showers. Temperatures should average near normal. Brazil will get mostly dry conditions and warm temperatures. ICE certified stocks are lower today at 4.720 million bags. ICE said 0 delivery notices were posted against May contracts today and that total deliveries are now 727 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed to up with objectives of 2370 and 2530 July. Support is at 2295, 2275, and 2255 July, with resistance at 2350, 2385, and 2400 July. Trends in London are mixed to up with objectives of 1580 and 1670 July. Support is at 1525, 1490, and 1455 July, with resistance at 1560, 1570, and 1590 July.