cocoa options

cocoa options

January 22nd, 2016

Cocoa markets rose, as some strong data on Asian grinding counteracted disappointment at data for North America showing an unexpectedly large drop in volumes.

Cocoa grinding, the processing of beans into butter and powder, is treated as a proxy for demand.

The Cocoa Association of Asia reported cocoa grinding in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, the continent’s main processors, at 161,227 tonnes in the last three months of 2015, up 14% year-on-year.

This still leaves grinding down 2.8% over the full calendar year, at 597,452 tonnes.

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crude oil futures news

crude oil futures news

January 21st, 2016

Gasoline futures had earlier this week traded as low as $1.0005 — the weakest price in seven years.

But on Thursday, a weekly report from the US energy department showed domestic gasoline, or petrol, consumption was a robust 9.1m barrels per day, up nearly 600,000 b/d from a week before.

Nymex February gasoline futures rose 2.6 per cent to $1.0442 per gallon.

“The market is reacting to the weekly change in demand,” said Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates, a consultant in Houston.

Petrol is an important indicator for the strength of the US economy. As retail prices dropped below $2 a gallon in the US, Americans have flocked to the highways and started buying more pickup trucks and bigger cars. The average fuel economy of new vehicles is down by almost a mile per gallon since mid-2014, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

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cocoa futures brokers

cocoa futures brokers

January 7th, 2016

Cocoa futures continued to plummet, amid volatile and high volume trading, amid ongoing uncertainty about West African production prospects.

Front-month cocoa futures fell nearly 3% in morning deals in New York, to $2,898 a tonne, extending gains this week nearly to 10% .

The selldown, which has taken prices 15% below a five-year high a month ago, contrasts with a strong performance by the bean last year, over which it was one of the few commodities to post gains.

Gains of 10% in New York over the year, and  of 14% in London, made it “the outstanding soft commodity in 2015,” Ecobank said.

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