orange juice futures

orange juice futures

Sepember 5th, 2017

Orange-juice futures jumped by more than 6% Tuesday, set to mark their highest settlement since mid-May on fears Hurricane Irma could blast key orange-producing areas of Florida.

In a tweet Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said, “Irma is the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic basin outside of the Caribbean Sea & Gulf of Mexico in NHC records.”

The storm’s projected path could take it to Florida in the next several days. A state of emergency has been declared in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida as the Category 5 storms heads for the region. It’s expected to strengthen further before making landfall in the Caribbean later Tuesday.

avid Maloni, president of the American Restaurant Association, a food and energy commodity-services organization, said “most of the production is in the middle of Florida south and north of Orlando. Concern is that high winds could damage trees and shorten output for the next crop.”

November frozen concentrated orange juice OJX7, +6.89% climbed by 8.4 cents, or 6.2%, to $1.449 a pound on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange. That would be the highest settlement for a most-active contract since May 12, according to FactSet data.

- Myra P. Saefong at MarketWatch.