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Morning Softs. 08/16/17


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COTTON
General Comments: Cotton was lower on good weather forecasts for the crop amid already very high production projections from USDA. A higher US Dollar hurt demand ideas. Current forecasts call for some rains in Texas to boost crop prospects there. Conditions showed mixed trends in the USDA reports last night as some areas got better and some deteriorated further. The temperatures are more moderate in Texas and there have been some showers. The growing weather in the US Delta and Southeast is generally good as rains have been seen in many growing areas. Bolls are forming and starting to open in many areas. Some harvest has been reported in southern Texas and results have been very good. Monsoon rains are reported as very uneven in India and Pakistan and some flooding has been reported in the Gujarat of India. Some central areas and eastern areas have missed rains. Some crops are lost due to the flooding. It has been too hot and dry in Turkey and production losses are possible.
Overnight News: The Delta and Southeast will see scattered showers each day. Some areas could see big rains. Temperatures should average near to below normal. Texas will see dry scattered showers through the weekend. Temperatures will average near normal. The USDA average price is now 65.52 ct/lb. ICE certified stocks are now 18,082 bales, from 19,342 bales yesterday.
Chart Trends: Trends in Cotton are down with no objectives. Support is at 6690, 6630, and 6610 December, with resistance of 6780, 6850, and 6900 December.

FCOJ
General Comments: FCOJ closed higher as speculators kept waiting further developments in the Atlantic hurricane season. The potential for storms increases dramatically for the next few weeks, and there are increasing chances for a tropical storm to hit the state as a few systems are forming in the Atlantic. Florida weather is very good as it is now drier after some recent rains. There are no systems in the Atlantic to cause concern about tropical storm development that could be detrimental to trees and fruit. One System is moving away from the US in the Atlantic and the other has moved through Mexico. The demand side remains weak and there are plenty of supplies in the US. Brazil has been exporting FCOJ to the US to cover the short Florida crop. Domestic production remains very low due to the greening disease and drought. Trees now are showing fruit of varying sizes and overall conditions are called good. Brazil crops remain in mostly good condition.
Overnight News: Florida should get mostly dry conditions or light showers and near to above normal temperatures. Brazil should get mostly dry conditions and near to below normal temperatures.
Chart Trends: Trends in FCOJ are mixed to up with objectives of 140.00 and 153.00 September. Support is at 137.00, 135.00, and 133.00 September, with resistance at 142.00, 145.00, and 148.00 September.

COFFEE
General Comments: New York and London closed lower on follow through selling tied to the higher US Dollar and ideas of improving growing conditions in Brazil. There has been some rains and flowing has been reported to get the next production cycle started. Demand news remains hard to find. Ideas of smaller offers from Brazil and the rest of Latin America are still around, but these ideas now seem part of the market. The weather forecasts kept outlooks for near to above normal temperatures and mostly dry conditions in Brazil. Producers are still worried about an extended outbreak of dry weather as it is almost flowering time in Brazil. Reports of Broca worm moving into Brazil crops is bringing ideas of additional losses. The harvest in Brazil is starting to wind down. Reports indicate that the quality of the beans harvested in Brazil is not good and that many beans are small. The cash market is quiet with little interest from producers or roasters. New York is in a correction mode for now, but must hold near 135.00 September or so and then turn back higher to keep the longer term trends intact.
Overnight News: Certified stocks are higher today and are about 1.593 million bags. GCA stocks are now 7.413 million bags, from 7.294 million last month. The ICO composite price is now 126.80 ct/lb. Brazil will get mostly dry weather. Temperatures should average near to above normal. Colombia should get scattered to isolated showers. Central America and southern Mexico should get scattered showers. Temperatures should average near to above normal.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are down with objectives of 132.00, 126.00, and 115.00 September. Support is at 131.00, 129.00, and 128.00 September, and resistance is at 135.00, 137.00 and 139.00 September. Trends in London are down with objectives of 1990 and 1880 September. Support is at 2020, 1990, and 1960 September, and resistance is at 2100, 2130, and 2150 September.

SUGAR
General Comments: Futures in London and New York were lower despite forecasts for big rains to invade growing areas in southern Brazil. A higher US Dollar against world currencies created much of the selling interest. The charts show that futures remain in an overall trading range and are near the low-end of the range. Price action is weak, but it is possible that a short-term bottom has been made due to the weather. The big harvest in Brazil continues, but some of the processing will probably switch now to ethanol due to tax changes last week and relative US Dollar weakness. In fact, sources in Brazil expect the percentage of cane crushed for ethanol to change in the short-term. Production potential in Thailand seems improved for now as monsoon rains have been better than last year. It is raining in much of India now as the monsoon is active, but rains have been uneven. Some northwest areas have been flooded due to big rains. Other areas are too dry and there could be some damage to crops if more rains do not show up fairly soon. Thailand is getting rains. The rest of Southeast Asia is seeing average to above average rains so far this year.
Overnight News:
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed to down with no objectives. Support is at 1310, 1300, and 1240 October, and resistance is at 1360, 1370, and 1390 October. Trends in London are down with objectives of 344.00 and 335.00 October. Support is at 360.00, 357.00, and 354.00 October, and resistance is at 375.00, 378.00, and 381.00 October.

COCOA
General Comments: Futures closed lower on follow through selling from speculators that was tied to the higher US Dollar and bearish chart patterns. The market is holding in a big trading range and is now at the lower end of the range. Overall, the market is between harvests and no one seems to expect much to happen for another few weeks It is warmer and drier in Ivory Coast. The rest of West Africa is still getting showers and more moderate temperatures. Chocolate manufacturers in general have reported improved sales volumes and ideas are that the better sales can continue as chocolate and cocoa are relatively cheap. Ivory Coast is expected to have a big crop starting harvest this Fall, but it should be smaller than last year. Ghana also expects a good crop this year The offer side of their market appears to be less right now as West Africa is between crops. The growing conditions in other parts of the world are generally good. East African conditions are now called good. Brazil remains too dry. Good conditions are still seen in Southeast Asia.
Overnight News: Scattered showers and storms are expected in West Africa. Temperatures will average near to above normal. Malaysia and Indonesia should see scattered showers in all areas. Temperatures should average near to above normal. Brazil will get mostly dry conditions or light showers and near to above normal temperatures. ICE certified stocks are lower today at 5.188 million bags.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are down with objectives of 1830 September. Support is at 1830, 1790, and 1780 September, with resistance at 1900, 1940, and 1980 September. Trends in London are down with objectives of 1420 September. Support is at 1450, 1430, and 1400 September, with resistance at 1500, 1540, and 1570 September.
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Jack Scoville is a futures market analyst specializing in grains, softs, rice, oilseeds, and tropical products such as coffee and sugar.

He offers brokerage services to an international clientele of agricultural producers, processors, exporters, and other professional traders.

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Jack began working in the futures industry over 30 years ago and spent 10 years working on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade in various roles. He has been a broker off the floor since then and has been with The PRICE Futures Group since it was established in 1988.

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