Softs Report - Thursday, March 7

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COTTON
General Comments: Cotton closed higher yesterday on ideas of stronger demand and reports of wildfires in northern Texas. It is too early to plant but the heat and dry weather raises concerns about production potential later in the growing season and blackened soils might not permit much planting, anyway. The demand news has been solid in this market for the last several weeks. The US economic data has been positive, but the Chinese economic data has not been real positive and demand concerns are still around. There are still many concerns about demand from China and the rest of Asia due to the slow economic return of China in the world market.
Overnight News: The Delta will get mostly dry weather and near normal temperatures. The Southeast will see mostly dry conditions and below normal temperatures. Texas will have mostly dry conditions and near to above normal temperatures. The USDA average price is now 89.89 ct/lb. ICE daily certified stocks are now 31,531 bales, from 1,547 bales yesterday. ICE said that 0 contracts were posted for delivery against March futures and that total deliveries for the month are now 7 contacts.
Chart Trends: Trends in Cotton are mixed to down with no objectives. Support is at 92.50, 90.90, and 88.10 May, with resistance of 97.20, 98.40 and 100.50 May.

FCOJ
General Comments: FCOJ closed higher again yesterday in range trading. The daily and weekly chart trends are mixed. Prices had been moving lower on the increased production potential for Florida and the US and also in Brazil but held late last week as current supplies remain very tight amid only incremental relief for supplies is forecast for the coming new crop season. There are no weather concerns to speak of for Florida or for Brazil right now. The weather has improved in Brazil with some moderation in temperatures and increased rainfall amid reports of short supplies in Florida and Brazil are around but will start to disappear as the weather improves and the new crop gets harvested.
Overnight News: Florida should get scattered showers or dry conditions. Temperatures will average near normal. Brazil should get scattered showers and above normal temperatures. ICE said that 0 notices were posted for delivery against March futures and that total deliveries for the month are now 300 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in FCOJ are mixed. Support is at 360.00, 350.00, and 343.00 May, with resistance at 378.00, 389.00, and 391.00 May.

COFFEE
General Comments: New York and London closed higher yesterday. New York trends are mixed again, but London trends remain up and both markets feel as if a rally is coming. Robusta offers remain difficult to find and the lack of offer of Robusta is a bullish force behind the market action, and reports indicate that Brazil producers are reluctant sellers as well as they apparently have already sold a lot. Brazil weather continues to improve for Coffee production but is still not perfect. Rains continued to fall in parts of Brazil Coffee areas. Brazil weather is good for the best crop production.
Overnight News: ICE certified stocks are higher today at 0.393 million bags. The ICO daily average price is now 185.77 ct/lb. Brazil will get mostly scattered showers with near normal temperatures. Central America will get mostly dry conditions. Vietnam will see scattered showers. ICE NY said that 25 delivery notices ere posted against March contracts and that total deliveries for the month are now 826 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed. Support is at 182.00, 180.00, and 178.00 May, and resistance is at 190.00, 194.00 and 196.00 May. Trends in London are up with objectives of 3350 May. Support is at 3220, 3100, and 3070 May, with resistance at 3330, 3360, and 3390 May.

SUGAR
General Comments: New York and London closed higher yesterday in recovery trading and trends are mixed on the daily charts. Ideas of weaker demand are around the market and are causing the selling. The market continues to see stressful conditions in Asian production areas. There are worries about the Thai and Indian production. Offers from Brazil are still active but other origins. are still not offering in large amounts except for Ukraine.
Overnight News: Brazil will get rains in the south and scattered showers in the north. Temperatures should average above normal. India will get mostly dry conditions and below normal temperatures.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed. Support is at 2110, 2050, and 1930 May and resistance is at 2200, 2260, and 2290 May. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 600.00, 590.00, and 586.00 May, with resistance at 615.00, 624.00, and 638.00 May.

COCOA
General Comments: New York and London were higher and trends remain up as both markets reflecting the lack of supply in the world market against demand from non traditional sources along with traditional buyers. Production in West Africa could be reduced by 500,000 tons this year due to the extreme weather which included Harmattan conditions. The availability of Cocoa from West Africa remains restricted and projections for another production deficit against demand for the coming year are increasing. Traders are worried about another short production year and these feelings have been enhanced by El Nino that is threatening West Africa crops with hot and dry weather. Ideas of tight supplies remain based on more reports of reduced arrivals in Ivory Coast and Ghana continue. Demand continues strong, especially from non traditional buyers of Cocoa.
Overnight News: Isolated showers are forecast for West Africa. Temperatures will be near normal. Malaysia and Indonesia should see scattered showers. Temperatures should average near normal. Brazil will get isolated showers and above normal temperatures. ICE certified stocks are higher today at 4.137 million bags. ICE NY said that 3 notices were posted for delivery against March futures and that total deliveries for the month are now 998 contacts.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed to up with objectives of 6850 May. Support is at 6310, 6200, and 5910 May, with resistance at 6680, 6740, and 6800 May. Trends in London are mixed to up with no objectives. Support is at 5330, 5040, and 4900 May, with resistance at 5620, 5720, and 5840 May.


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