crude oil futures news

crude oil futures news

May 19th, 2016

Crude oil prices tumbled in North American trade on Thursday, adding to sharp overnight losses, as a surging U.S. dollar and an unexpected rise in U.S. crude inventories triggered selling.

The U.S. dollar surged to seven-week highs in early trade after the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting rekindled expectations for a June interest rate hike.

Dollar-denominated oil futures contracts tend to fall when the dollar rises, as this makes oil more expensive for buyers in other currencies.

Crude oil for June delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange sank $1.03, or 2.14%, to trade at $47.18 a barrel by 13:50GMT, or 9:50AM ET.

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coffee futures news

coffee futures news

May 17th, 2016

Since drought concerns first emerged in February this year, London robusta coffee prices have rallied by over 25%.

Prices are currently trading at an eight-month high of $1679 per tonne, as drought fears have cut estimates of the 2016/17 crop production from top robusta producing countries including Vietnam, Brazil, Indonesia and, more recently, India.

Coffee Futures: Eyes on skies

With the rainfall season approaching in Vietnam, the country’s Meteorology and Hydrology Department’s (GDMH) in its May statement forecast 20 – 40% lower rainfall in the main producing areas of the South and the Central Highlands.

Current rainfall has been scattered and this will lend little support to production, “so drought and water conditions won’t improve much” in the short-term, according to GDMH.

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