Coffee Bulls Sell on Rain Forecasts

By Julie Wernau Features Dow Jones Newswires

Coffee futures dove lower Thursday with rain forecast for coffee growing regions that have recently been in drought.

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Arabica coffee for December fell 1.8% to end at $1.3205 a pound on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange.

Coffee futures have been rising lately on the view that dryness in Brazil, the world's largest growing region, would affect coffee that is still months from harvest.

"The market probably overpriced the drought scenario and the market now is probably liquidating on the rains in Brazil," said Rodrigo Costa, director of trading at Comexim USA. "And it's probably doing it wrongly because we need a continuation of these rains. We have to watch carefully."

MDA Weather Services said widespread showers are expected in Sao Paulo and Parana over the next five days but dry weather is expected across the majority of the coffee areas in the following week.

Inventories of coffee in consuming countries remain high, and coffee exports in Brazil are at their lowest levels since 2004, Mr. Costa said, and are unlikely to bounce back if prices resume a downtrend.

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In other markets, raw sugar for October was up 2.7% at 13.29 cents a pound; cocoa for December rose 1.6% to $1,869 a ton; frozen concentrated orange juice for September was up 1% at $1.431 a pound; and December cotton was flat at 66.84 cents a pound.

Write to Julie Wernau at julie.wernau@wsj.com

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August 17, 2017 17:01 ET (21:01 GMT)