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Sugar #11 May '20 (SBK20)

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Sugar #11 Futures Market News and Commentary

Sugar Rallies Sharply on Expectations for a Decline in Brazil's July Sugar Processing

October NY world sugar #11 (SBV19) on Tuesday closed sharply higher by +0.42 (+3.63%), and Oct ICE London white sugar #5 (SWV19) closed up +3.20 (+1.02%). Oct NY world sugar early Tuesday edged to a new contract low and a 2-month nearest-futures low due to the dollar rally and the news that Chinese sugar imports in June fell sharply by -49.2% y/y to 140,000 MT. However, sugar prices then rallied sharply on heavy short-covering sparked by Bloomberg's release of an analyst survey showing a consensus for Unica within the next few days to report a decline in sugar cane processing in Brazil's Center-South region in the first half of July by -8.2% y/y to 41.5 MMT from 45.2 MMT a year earlier. Unica reported on July 10 that Brazil's 2019/20 Center-South sugar production fell -8.9% y/y to 8.905 MMT in the marketing year through June. Another bullish factor on Tuesday was Datagro's hike in its 2019-20 (Oct/Sep) sugar deficit estimate to 6.42 MMT from June's estimate of 2.71 MMT due to unfavorable weather that reduced crop sizes in India, the EU, Australia, Pakistan, and Thailand. Datagro reduced its 2018-19 (Oct/Sep) sugar surplus estimate to a nominal 140,000 MT from June's forecast of 1.0 MMT. A potential bullish factor for London sugar is last Friday's weekly Commitment of Traders (COT) data that showed funds increased their net short positions of London white sugar by 4,179 contracts in the week ended July 16 to 33,500 contracts, a record short position in data going back to 2011, which increases the threat of a short-covering rally.

Contract Specifications

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Sugar #11
Contract Size
112,000 pounds (50 long tonnes)
Tick Size
0.01 cents per pound ($11.20 per contract)
Trading Hours
2:30a.m. - 12:00p.m. (Settles 11:55a.m.) CST
Point Value
First Notice Date
05/01/20 (283 days)
Expiration Date
04/30/20 (282 days)

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Sugar #11 May '20
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior May Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jul 16, 2019

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Commercials - Long / Short
450,502 (+18,653)
438,631 (-11,233)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
215,148 (-7,415)
234,302 (+25,272)
Producers - Long / Short
259,025 (+10,333)
395,237 (-10,786)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
169,788 (+7,584)
21,705 (-1,183)
Managed Money - Long / Short
155,681 (-11,243)
220,907 (+23,655)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
59,467 (+3,828)
13,395 (+1,617)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
12.56 +4.14%
on 07/23/19
13.79 -5.15%
on 06/28/19
-0.45 (-3.33%)
since 06/21/19
12.56 +4.14%
on 07/23/19
14.13 -7.43%
on 04/30/19
-1.01 (-7.17%)
since 04/23/19
12.30 +6.34%
on 09/27/18
14.75 -11.32%
on 10/24/18
+0.08 (+0.62%)
since 07/23/18

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Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 88% Sell with a Weakening short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

Longer term, the trend strength is Strong. Long term indicators fully support a continuation of the trend.

The market is approaching oversold territory. Be watchful of a trend reversal.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 13.43
1st Resistance Point 13.25
Last Price 13.08s
1st Support Level 12.73
2nd Support Level 12.39

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52-Week High 14.75
Fibonacci 61.8% 13.81
Fibonacci 50% 13.52
Fibonacci 38.2% 13.24
Last Price 13.08s
52-Week Low 12.30

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