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Jack Scoville

Jack Scoville is an often quoted market analyst in the grain and soft commodities sectors. You will find his commentary throughout the Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Bloomberg, and Barron's publications. Contact Mr. Scoville at (312) 264-4322

COTTON
General Comments: Cotton was lower on Monday as weak overall demand continues to impact the US market. On the other hand, world production and supplies are going lower due to bad weather in the growing season for major producers around the world, including India, Pakistan, and Australia. China had problems with its growing weather, too. Demand for US Cotton has been disappointing, as the weekly export sales reports have shown average demand at best since the start of the marketing year. China has not bought any US Cotton this year and has been active in other markets, especially India. US prices are down and China might start to look at the US crop, but there have been worries about the quality of the US crop due to some extreme growing conditions in Texas and the Southeast over the Summer and Fall. Ideas are that the quality worries have kept some importers of US Cotton away from the market.
Overnight News: The Delta should get dry weather except for some big rain son Thursday and mostly above normal temperatures. The Southeast will get big rain on Thursday and Friday. Temperatures should be above normal. Texas will have mostly dry weather, but some precipitation today. Temperatures will be above normal. The USDA average price is now 68.75 ct/lb. ICE said that certified stocks are now 138,317 bales, from 138,317 bales yesterday.
Chart Trends: Trends in Cotton are down with objectives of 7200 March. Support is at 7300, 7240, and 7180 March, with resistance of 7650, 7720, and 7780 March.

FCOJ
General Comments: FCOJ was lower on Monday. Warmer and drier weather was seen in Florida, and an as active harvest is likely. There were some significant storms reported last Thursday, but some dry areas probably welcomed the precipitation more than anything. Some selling was noted on demand concerns and both the domestic and export market remain soft. The Oranges harvest is active in Florida under good weather conditions. The fruit is abundant, but arrivals to packing houses and processors are reported behind last year. Florida producers are seeing small-sized to good-sized fruit, and work in groves maintenance is active. Irrigation is being used in all areas. Packing houses are open to process fruit for the fresh market, and all processors are open in the state to take packing house eliminations and fresh fruit.
Overnight News: Florida should get mostly dry conditions, with showers and storms possible on Thursday and Friday. Temperatures will average near to above normal. Brazil should get chances for scattered showers this week and above normal temperatures. The weekend should be dry.
Chart Trends: Trends in FCOJ are down with objectives of 122.00 January. Support is at 128.00, 1236.00, and 123.00 January, with resistance at 132.00, 134.00, and 138.00 January.

COFFEE
General Comments: Futures were higher in both New York and London on Monday. The market had become extremely over sold, and futures held a test of the March contract low on the daily charts. It could be a sign that the market has gone down far enough. Speculators were on both sides of the market and roasters were reported to be good buyers for the week. Currency relationships, and especially the rate between the US Dollar and the Brazilian Real, continue to be the driving force in Coffee trading. The Brazil crops are getting harvested now, and production estimates now range as high as 63.7 million bags. That is a big crop and the main reason to see prices in New York as low as they are right now. Producers are also looking ahead to next year, and production could drop sharply in the off production year. El Nino remains in the forecast and Coffee areas in Brazil could be affected by drought that could hurt production even more. Vietnam is active in its harvest. Production in Vietnam is estimated at or above 30 million bags, although sources in the country insist that the world trade estimates are too high and say the production will be less than 30 million bags.
Overnight News: Certified stocks are lower today and are about 2.460 million bags. The ICO composite price is now 100.35 ct/lb. Brazil will get chances for scattered showers each day. Temperatures should be above normal this week, but near to below normal early next week. Colombia should get isolated showers. Central America and southern Mexico should get showers or dry conditions. Vietnam will get mostly dry weather.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed to down with no objectives. Support is at 99.00, 96.00, and 93.00 March, and resistance is at 102.00, 104.00 and 105.00 March. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 1440, 1410, and 1380 January, and resistance is at 1510, 1520, and 1550 January.

SUGAR
General Comments: New York closed a little lower last week, but a little higher on Monday. March futures are now near some support at about 1200. London was lower as well. Sugar was hurt by the weakness in petroleum futures that have hurt demand ideas. Brazil has been using a majority of its Sugarcane harvest to produce ethanol this year instead of Sugar, and there is some talk the mills might switch back to Sugar unless petroleum prices improve soon. There are doubts on just how much production will be seen this year in India. Wire reports indicate that pests have invaded Sugarcane fields and are eating and destroying the crop. Northwest India had been experiencing hot and dry weather that could cut yields. It has not announced a reduction in its export goal of 5.0 million tons this year. Dry conditions continue in Brazil, the EU, and Russia, but conditions are mostly good in Ukraine. Very good conditions are reported in Thailand.
Overnight News: Brazil will get chances for scattered showers each day. Temperatures should be above normal next week.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed. Support is at 1230, 1210, and 1190 March, and resistance is at 1270, 1290, and 1310 March. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 336.00, 330.00, and 309.00 March, and resistance is at 342.00, 345.00, and 348.00 March.

COCOA
General Comments Futures closed higher in both New York and in London. The outlook for strong production in the coming year is still around, and ports are still said to have plenty of Cocoa on offer. The main crop harvest is continuing in West Africa. Conditions are hot and dry. Main crop production ideas for Ivory Coast and Ghana are being reduced, with Ivory Coast now estimating its main crop production at 1.985 million tons, down from previous estimates just over 2.0 million tons. Conditions appear good in East Africa and Asia. Demand is said to be improving as offers from the new harvest start to increase.
Overnight News: Mostly dry conditions are expected in West Africa. Temperatures will average mostly above normal. Malaysia and Indonesia should see showers. Temperatures should average above normal. Brazil will get mostly dry conditions and near to above normal temperatures. ICE certified stocks are lower today at 3.324 million bags.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed to up with objectives of 2380 March . Support is at 2220, 2200, and 2140 March, with resistance at 2320, 2350, and 2380 March. Trends in London are mixed to up with objectives of 1720 and 1750 March. Support is at 1660, 1590, and 1580 March, with resistance at 1710, 1730, and 1740 March.

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