Cocoa Grinding Data Has Increased Demand

Cocoa grinding data this week has cocoa futures testing highs
Cocoa futures technical chart signals a move higher
Cocoa Futures Update

Cocoa Futures Update

Cocoa Futures – Grinding Data and an Increased Demand


Grinding data this week has cocoa futures testing highs from 2018. The March contract reached 2729 on Thursday. Asian demand increased and provided market support – leading to more speculative buying. European Demand was also up, paired with a stronger Eurocurrency, helped the market continue this follow-through move higher. If the N. American grinding data after Thursday’s close is also strong, look for 2750 to be tested. The street is anticipating a weaker number than other regions though. If this is the case, the market could see pullback back to 2680. If traders are looking for a short-term play, buying puts could be the path to exposure. 

Technical Outlook In Cocoa

Technically, the chart is poised for a move higher. The market continues to close above the 9-day moving average and continues to trade above the 200-day. Support is at 2680 if the market were to pullback if we reach overbought levels. Resistance remains at 2730, above that 2750. 

Looking Ahead

If N. American grinding surprises, 2800 could be touched over the next week. If the data comes inline, look to the currencies and global/political news to guide the cocoa futures again – as well as any tension in West Africa. 


Price Chart of Cocoa Market


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About the Author

Peter Mooses is a commodity broker at RJO Futures. He enjoys the analytical aspects of futures trading and appreciates the economic impact that commodities have across all markets.