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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: Futures were mixed to lower yesterday in response to the mostly neutral USDA reports and in correction trading from the big rally seen on Tuesday after the reports were released. The reports were neutral to the market. USDA increased production and left demand unchanged for increased ending stocks estimates that the trade had been mostly expecting. World estimates showed a slight decrease in ending stocks. Trends are still up on the charts and the fundamentals have not really changed. Demand for US Cotton remains very strong and that is good news for sellers as the strong demand implies strong prices should continue. Analysts say the Asian demand is still very strong and likely to hold at high levels for the future. Good US production is expected. Chinese demand is also strong as clothes makers use foreign Cotton to get away from domestic supplies that might have been produced by forced labor and might not be allowed in the US or other western countries
Overnight News: The Delta and Southeast will get mostly scattered showers showers and near to above normal temperatures. Texas will have mostly dry conditions and near to below normal temperatures. The USDA average price is now 115.59 ct/lb. ICE said that certified stocks are now 14,778 bales, from 15,478 bales yesterday.
Chart Trends: Trends in Cotton are mixed to up with objectives of 12940 December. Support is at 11580, 11290, and 11100 December, with resistance of 12170, 12280 and 12400 December.

FCOJ
General Comments: FCOJ was lower in consolidation trading. Thee is not much going on in this market but the charts show that futures might have made a short term low this week The hurricane season is over and the chances for a damaging storm to hit the state of Florida are gone so speculators have gotten out of longs and got short. The weather remains generally good for production around the world. Brazil has some rain with more in the forecast and flowering is likely. Weather conditions in Florida are rated mostly good for the crops with a couple of showers and near normal temperatures. Mexican crop conditions in central and southern areas are called good with rains. Northern and western Mexico is rated in good condition.
Overnight News: Florida should get dry conditions today, then scattered showers. Temperatures will average near to below normal. Brazil should get scattered to isolated showers and above normal temperatures. ICE said that 0 notices were posted against futures for November delivery and that total deliveries for the month are now 0 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in FCOJ are mixed. Support is at 119.00, 116.00, and 113.00 January, with resistance at 125.00, 127.00, and 128.00 January.

COFFEE
General Comments: New York closed a little lower and London closed mixed in part on ideas that some Coffee has been released by producers and traders at origin. The fundamentals are still considered bullish for both markets. The lack of Coffee available to deliver against Robusta contracts remains a factor. Containers are not available in Vietnam to ship the Coffee. Covid has also returned to Vietnam in a big way and could be a factor in interrupting shipments. Production in Vietnam is now estimated at 29 million tons, from 31 million previously as farmers did not get inputs applied in time. Brazil also has less Coffee this year due to a freeze earlier in the year and dry weather at flowering time a year ago. Scattered showers are still in the forecast for much of Brazil, but especially in the north, and flowering is reported now in many growing areas. Production conditions for the next crop in Brazil are called good. Scattered showers are now in the forecast for Southeast Asia and for Vietnam. Good conditions are reported in northern South America with near average rains and good conditions reported in Central America with near average rains. Conditions are reported to be generally good in parts of Africa. Vietnam October exports were down 1.1% and that exports for the year are down 4.2%.
Overnight News: ICE certified stocks are lower today at 1.812 million bags. The ICO daily average price is now 183.98 ct/lb. Brazil will get scattered showers with near normal temperatures. Central America will get scattered showers. Vietnam will see scattered showers
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed. Support is at 199.00, 197.00, and 195.00 December, and resistance is at 206.00, 212.00 and 215.00 December. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 2160, 2130, and 2090 January, and resistance is at 2240, 2280, and 2310 January.

SUGAR
General Comments: New York and London closed lower as supplies of Sugar remain a problem, but London closed a little higher. Reports indicate that consumer demand has returned to the market. Ideas are that the supplies are out there but it will take a stronger price to get them into the market. Processors in Brazil are refining the cane for Ethanol more than Sugar right now and this trend is expected to continue due to the relative price spreads. The reduced production potential from Brazil for the current harvest is still impacting the market. India is not offering as world prices are well below domestic prices and has had some weather problems of its own. It has just raised the price of Sugarcane juice for ethanol production so mills can divert more from the Sugar market into Ethanol production. Thailand is expecting improved production. It is raining in southern Brazil which will be good for the next crops there. Unica said that Sugarcane harvest was 17 million tons, down 36m8% from last year.
Overnight News: Brazil will get scattered showers. Temperatures should average below normal.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are up with objectives of 2050, 2110, and 2170 March. Support is at 1950, 1920, and 1910 March, and resistance is at 1990, 2010, and 2060 March. Trends in London are up with objectives of 524.00 March. Support is at 500.00, 498.00, and 492.00 March, and resistance is at 510.00, 514.00, and 515.00 March.

COCOA
General Comments: New York and London closed higher in recovery trading. Trends are turning sideways in both markets. Ideas are that demand will only improve slightly and production in West Africa appears to be good this year. Both Ivory Coast and Ghana are reporting improved weather as it is now mostly sunny with some scattered showers around. Ivory Coast exports were 3.4% higher for beans and about 2% higher for powder, butter, and chocolate in 2020-21. World economies are starting to reopen after Covid and the open economies are giving demand the boost but the boost has not been as strong as hoped for earlier. Ivory Coast arrivals are now estimated at 330,000 tons, up 9.8% from last year. Ghana arrivals are now estimated at 10,951 tons, from 14,485 tons last year.
Overnight News: Isolated showers are forecast for West Africa. Temperatures will be near to 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 5.223 million bags.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed to up with objectives of 2545 and 2645 December. Support is at 2440, 2380, and 2330 December, with resistance at 2500, 2520, and 2540 December. Trends in London are mixed to up with objective of 1710 and 1760 December. Support is at 1660, 1620, and 1610 December, with resistance at 1710, 1740, and 1750 December

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