U.S. soft futures were mixed on Thursday, with sugar prices falling to the lowest level since July 2010 as investors continued to focus on massive global supplies of the sweetener.
On the ICE Futures U.S. Exchange, sugar futures for March delivery traded at USD0.1568 a pound, down 0.4%. Prices of the sweetener fell by as much as 0.45% earlier in the day to hit a session low of USD0.1567 a pound, the weakest level since July 1, 2010.
The March contract ended Wednesday’s session down 1.99% to settle at USD0.1574 a pound.
Sugar prices have been on a downward trend in recent months as market players focused on prospects for increased production out of Brazil and Thailand.
Meanwhile, Arabica coffee for March delivery traded at USD1.2113 a pound, up 0.1%. The March Arabica contract traded in a range between USD1.1993 a pound and USD1.2133 a pound.
The March contract surged 3.11% on Wednesday to settle at USD1.2090 a pound, as adverse weather conditions in top grower Brazil fuelled speculation of a smaller crop from the world’s largest grower of the sweetener.
Elsewhere, cotton futures for March delivery traded at USD0.8341 a pound, 0.3% higher. Cotton prices held in a tight range between USD0.8301 a pound and USD0.8353 a pound. The March contract lost 1.81% on Wednesday to end at USD0.8314 a pound.
Cotton traders looked ahead to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s closely-watched monthly supply-demand report due on Friday.
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