orange juice futures

orange juice futures

July 29th, 2014

Orange-juice futures slumped to a five-month low on Tuesday as weak demand for the beverage trumped fears of a hurricane damaging Florida’s next crop.

Frozen, concentrated orange juice for delivery in September fell 2.2% to $1.4475 a pound, the lowest closing price since Feb. 19 on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange.

A disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean shows a 70% chance of tropical cyclone formation in the next 48 hours, according to the National Weather Service. Usually, that kind of news boosts the orange-juice market, as previous hurricanes that have hit top orange-producing state Florida have damaged groves and ripped fruit from the trees.

“There still do not appear to be any major storms in sight in the Atlantic to hurt production, but traders will keep an eye on the developments of the system in the Atlantic to see if it grows and what its track might be,” said Jack Scoville, vice president at Price Futures Group in Chicago.

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s&p 500 futures

s&p 500 futures

July 31st, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures declined, signaling the Standard & Poor’s Index will trim its monthly gain, amid earnings at companies from Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM) to Kraft Foods Group Inc. (KRFT), while Argentina missed a debt payment.

Whole Foods Market Inc. dropped 4 percent in in early New York trading after lowering its 2014 revenue forecast. Kraft Foods Group Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc. declined in Germany after reporting that quarterly results missed analysts’ estimates. Allstate Corp. (ALL) added 2.6 percent late yesterday after posting earnings that beat projections.

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Feeder Cattle Futures

Feeder Cattle Futures

July 30th, 2014

Beef costs are poised to rise further as feeder-cattle futures climbed to cap the longest rally in 37 years amid mounting U.S. supply concerns.

Cattle inventories as of July 1 fell to the lowest for the date since records began in 1973, the U.S. Department of Agriculture data said last week. Gains in consumer spending helped the economy rebound more than forecast in the second quarter, according to government figures today. Retail ground beef and boneless sirloin-steak costs rose to all-time highs in June, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show.

“We’ve never had cattle supplies this tight before with this kind of beef demand,” Troy Vetterkind, the owner of Vetterkind Cattle Brokerage in Thorp, Wisconsin, said in a telephone interview. “At some point in time, we’re going to cool things off, but it doesn’t appear to be this week. It’s a historic thing that we’ll probably never see ever again.”

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cocoa futures

cocoa futures

July 30th, 2014

Cocoa futures rose to the highest price in almost three years in London on speculation chocolate manufacturers need to stock up with West Africa supplies limited until new harvests start in October.

Inventories are probably only enough to meet demand for six months and the industry usually needs seven to eight months of cover, according to Eric Sivry, head of agriculture options brokerage at Marex Spectron Group in London. Inventories in warehouses monitored by ICE Futures U.S. dropped 4 percent this month, the third consecutive decline.

“The industry is not enough covered,” Sivry said. “This is prompting some market participants to leapfrog the industry and push prices higher.”

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