17th. December, 2014.
The Coffee Markets are so far heading into the two weeks of Christmas and New Year’s holidays on a dull and lacklustre trading track, with the negative influences of the soft macro commodity index supressing speculative support and with the well-stocked consumer industries looking for the potential lows and therefore,  slow to buy into new crop coffee stocks.   Meanwhile with renewed muscle of the U.S. dollar over the past few weeks the negative nature of the markets has not yet had its full influence upon the producer prices, as is illustrated by the Brazil real that has fallen to 2.74 to the dollar and continues to inspire slow but steady selling of past and new crop Brazil coffees.

The main question is where is the low for the coffee markets as while the steady rains in Brazil have had their additional influence over and above the influence of the macro commodity index upon sentiment upon the markets, there can be no doubt that the presently silent new crop forecasters out of Brazil shall shortly come to the fore.  In this respect, one can expect that the first of the official forecasts shall very shortly come to the market with some relatively low predictions and that perhaps the thought of this, shall slow the present speculative liquidation within the markets and that perhaps the downside for the markets is now limited.

Aside from the prospects of nearby low volume new crop forecasts from Brazil, the markets are seemingly devoid of any supportive fundamental news due from any of the other main producer blocs.   Rather the news is all mostly related to rising coffee supply from Mexico, Central America, Colombia, India, and Africa and on the longer term, from Indonesia.  While despite the traditional lower crop official forecasts that come at this time of the year from Vietnam, the overall and more reliable trade and industry forecasts are indicating a new crop that shall be little different from the last large crop.    

Thus for the present and Brazil aside and with consumer stock while marginally lower post slow export volumes over the past couple of months, the markets lack any prospects of market supportive excitement and remain within the doldrums of slow and featureless thin trade.   Thus allowing the trade and industry to look to closing their books a little early for this year and to concentrate more upon the festive season, than to the short term cover of coffee requirements and sales.

On the European front the European Commission has started its in depth investigation to assess the influence that the proposed merger between Mondelez and D E Master Blenders, the second and third market players in this leading coffee consumer market.   This merger that is proposed to form the new Jacobs Douwe Egberts company would include a host of major consumer brands that include Carte Noir, Jacobs, Gevalia, Tassimo, Douwe Egberts, L’Or, Senseo and Merrild, amongst some other smaller brands, shall have an impact upon competition or the lack of it, within many of the European markets.    Thus the commission has been given quite some time to look into the matter and with a cut-off date for a decision having been set, for the 6th. May 2015.

Thus in terms of this rather high profile merger within the consumer markets there is still quite some time before there shall be clarity on the situation and meanwhile the individual brands shall continue to battle for market share, within a highly price sensitive consumer market.   This competition being accentuated for the present, but the poor to sometimes desperate economic circumstances that prevail within Europe, which is putting pressure upon grocery spend potential of the average consumer.   

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 88.61 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 49.86% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 2,812 yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,316,498 bags.   There was meanwhile a smaller in volume 1,240 bags increase to the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 11,270 bags.

The commodity markets continued to come under pressure in yesterday’s trade, with nothing in the way of supportive news forthcoming, to inspire confidence within most of the markets.   The Cocoa, Orange Juice and Wheat markets nevertheless showed some degree of buoyancy and the London robusta Coffee was steady, while the Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, New York arabica Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Corn, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had a softer days trade.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 1.17% lower; to see this Index registered at 459.59.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.572 to Sterling and 1.249 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 58.50 per barrel.

The London market predictably opened the day yesterday with early buoyancy, following the soft close on Monday that was contradictory to the positive stance for the New York market.    This was followed however by corrective softer start for the New York market, in thin trade.    The afternoon saw the New York market coming under further pressure and with the London market that had posted gains of $ 20.00 per metric ton drifting lower and into modest negative territory, but with the markets bouncing back from their lows of the day, as the afternoon progressed.  The London market continued to end the day little changed and having recovered 85.7% of the earlier losses of the day, while the New York market ended the day on a soft note, but having recovered 75.9% of the earlier losses of the day.   This soft close but with a significant recovery of much of the earlier losses of the day is perhaps supportive for a cautiously steady start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
JAN      1937 + 1                                                 DEC     176.70 – 0.95
MAR     1964 – 1                                                 MAR     177.70 – 0.95
MAY     1981 – 1                                                 MAY     180.20 – 1.00
JUL      1995 unch                                              JUL      182.45 – 1.10
SEP      2006 unch                                             SEP      183.35 – 1.20
NOV     2010 unch                                              DEC     186.85 – 1.30
JAN      2013 unch                                              MAR    188.25 – 1.25
MAR     2021 unch                                              MAY    188.35 – 1.05
MAY     2030 unch                                               JUL     187.90 – 0.95
JUL      2037 unch                                               SEP     187.35 – 0.90

16th. December, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the London robusta coffee market has seen the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market decreased their net long position within the market by 4.88% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 9th. December;  to register a net long position of 21,163 Lots on the day.   This net long position that is the equivalent of 3,527,167 bags has most likely been further decreased over the period of mixed but overall negative trade that has since followed.

The National Coffee Council of El Salvador has reported that the countries coffee exports for the month of November were 14,752 bags or 78.5% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 4,040 bags.   This low performance has equated to the countries coffee exports for the first two months of the present October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year being 51,246 bags or 89.38% lower than the same period in the previous coffee year, at a total of only 6,087 bags.

These soft export figures for the coffee year so far from El Salvador are no reflection on the size of the present new crop, which has just started to be harvested.  This new crop has been forecasted by the National Coffee Council and with the combination of improved Roya or Leaf Rust controls and the recovery of the high percentage of coffee trees that were pruned back to assist in countering Rust, to be 65% larger than the previous crop.   Thus one can expect that in the coming months the countries coffee export volumes shall start to accelerate and that they shall soon start to overtake the previous coffee year’s performance.

The Green Coffee Association of the U.S.A. have announced that the countries port warehouse stocks decreased by 307,289 bags or 5.12% during the month of November, to register these stocks at 5,694,154 bags at the end of the month.   These stocks do not of course include the in transit bulk container coffees or the onsite roaster inventories, which with an approximate combined U.S.A. and Canadian weekly consumption that is fed by these stocks of 490,000 bags per week, would conservatively have been at least 1 million bags.
 
Therefore if one is to consider the additional unreported stocks and look to end August stocks in North America of at the very least 6,694,145 bags, it would have equated to at least a very safe 13.6 weeks of roasting activity and still a safe reserve, ahead of the pending delivery of increasing volumes of new crop coffees from Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Vietnam.  These new crop coffees and however not expected to surge in supply, as the North American roasters alike the consumer industries worldwide, remain slow and steady buyers against what many predict to be a market that might still lose some more weight.    However the relatively sharp drop in the stocks for the past month, does provide some degree of support for speculative sentiment within the New York market, which has recently been taking a downside bearish track.

The Vietnam customs have reported that the countries coffee exports of mostly robusta coffees were much lower than the 2 million to 2.5 million bags that the trade had earlier forecasted and even lower than the official government forecast for exports for the month of 1,583,333 bags, to see these official coffee exports for the month now pegged at 1,400,983 bags.   This figure is likewise according to the Vietnamese customs authorities; significantly 12.3% lower than the previous month’s exports, but is nevertheless a volume of exports that is 4.55% higher than the same month last year.

Thus one might not read much into this dip in coffee exports from Vietnam for the month, as they remain somewhat seasonally in order and perhaps are more of a reflection of the hand to mouth nature of exports into the flat consumer markets, than any degree of hiccup in robusta coffee supply.   With little excitement expected from the physical coffee market, until at least post the Xmas and New Year holidays.

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 89.52 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 50.11% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 3,700 yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,319,310 bags.   There was meanwhile a smaller in volume 640 bags increase to the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 10,030 bags.

The commodity markets came under further pressure yesterday, with the news of softer economic figures out of China, which comes to the table on top of dismal growth potential for Europe.   The Cocoa and New York arabica Coffee markets did however have a day of buoyancy, while the Oil, Sugar, London robusta Coffee, Gold and Platinum markets had a softer days trade.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 0.66% lower; to see this Index registered at 465.03.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.566 to Sterling and 1.246 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 60.60 per barrel.

The London and New York markets opened the day yesterday with a degree of buoyancy, but within an environment of thin and lacklustre trade.   However by the afternoon while the New York market retained its early buoyancy, the London market had drifted back into negative territory.   The afternoon progressed quietly with the New York market maintaining its buoyancy, while the London market recovered to take a thin sideways track at the levels set on Friday.   The late afternoon was however a more eventful time, albeit that the volumes were not extraordinary, with the London market once again turning south and the New York market building upon its gains and with value being enhanced by the triggering of Buy stops.  The London market continued to end the day on a soft note and with 69.2% of the earlier losses of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a positive note and with 90.3% of the gains of the day intact.    This mixed close makes it difficult to read the markets but one might think that with the positive nature of the recovery within the more volatile New York market, that it might well inspire a degree of buoyancy for the London market and a hesitantly steady start for the New York market for early trade today, against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
JAN      1936 – 8                                                 DEC     177.65 + 4.65
MAR     1965 – 9                                                 MAR     178.65 + 4.65
MAY     1982 – 10                                               MAY     181.20 + 4.65
JUL      1995 – 12                                                JUL     183.55 + 4.60
SEP      2006 – 14                                               SEP     185.55 + 4.50
NOV     2010 – 14                                                DEC    188.15 + 4.55
JAN      2013 – 14                                               MAR     189.50 + 4.60
MAR     2021 – 14                                               MAY     189.40 + 4.50
MAY     2030 – 14                                                JUL     188.85 + 4.70
JUL      2037 – 14                                                SEP     188.25 + 4.90

15th. December, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the washed arabica coffee New York market has seen the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market decreased their net long position within the market by 24.06% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 9th. December;  to register a net long position of 23,707 Lots on the day.   This net long position that is the equivalent of 6,720,829 bags has most likely been further decreased over the period of mixed but overall negative trade that has since followed, while perhaps the news of this  relatively sharp reduction that has likely to have been further reduced, due to inspire some corrective buying for this sector of the market.

This prevailing negative stance being taken within the New York market and so well illustrated by the speculative selling activity has been inspired by the day by day reports of rains in Brazil, however while the rains have been very beneficial for the support and carry of the new crop flowering and thereon the development into 2015 crop cherries, there remains a good degree of uncertainty as to the volume of cherry that shall be forthcoming from the early in the year partial drought affected farms.    The forecasts vary so far from 43 million to 50 million bags and more defining clarity only due to come to the markets in February next year, by which time there shall be an ability to more accurately cherry count the trees and make a more reliable assessment.

So far the longer range and weather forecasts are already pointing to fair rains due for the main coffee districts in Brazil for the rest of the month and to continue in the coming month, which is a factor that continues to dampen speculative spirits for the New York market.    However there can be no doubt that these reports shall encounter some poor crop forecasts from within Brazil and albeit that they may well be partially market manipulative in nature, they shall have some influence upon speculative sentiment.  While any dry spells that might occur during the next two months and with the memories of this year’s partial drought for the first two months of the year still recent, that these factors shall bring a degree of erratic volatility to the presently softening New York market.

Further influencing the markets softer stance last week has been the lacklustre nature of the physical coffee trade, where the relatively well stocked consumer market industries have been able to step back and await for new lows to buy into the market.   Thus with new crop coffees from Vietnam, Colombia, Mexico, Central America and India now hanging over the market and with the speculative sector of the markets showing a degree of exhaustion, there is little in the way of underlying support.   The consumer industries having the confidence for the present in the fact that Brazil forecasts aside, there is in reality surplus coffee supply for the short to medium future and with the renewed muscle of the relatively firm U.S. dollar adding value to the domestic prices for the majority of the producers and including all of the leading producers, little indication of any degree of effective price resistance due from the producers.     

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed on Friday to register this at 84.46 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 48.54% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 3,930 on Friday, to register these stocks at 2,323,010 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 5,120 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 9,390 bags.

The commodity markets remained with a cloud of negativity on Friday, as slowing growth in China and poor economic figures from Europe and Japan continue to impact upon longer term market sentiment.   The Oil markets were in particular on a back foot, with energy growth forecasts for 2015 pointing to soft demand and likewise soft longer term prices.    The Natural Gas, Cocoa, London robusta Coffee, cotton, Copper, Orange Juice, Wheat, Corn and Soybean nevertheless ended the week with some degree of buoyancy, while the Oil, Sugar, New York arabica Coffee, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had a softer days trade.    The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 0.13% lower; to see this Index registered at 468.12.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.573 to Sterling and 1.245 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is showing some degree of buoyancy in early trade and is selling at $ 61.80 per barrel.

The London market somewhat surprisingly started the day on Friday with a relatively sharp corrective rally, with the New York market showing some more modest and hesitant buoyancy, within an environment of thin and lacklustre trade.    The London market soon came off its early highs of the day but nevertheless retained its buoyancy, while the New York market slid back to par and with both markets taking a sideways track into the early afternoon trade.    The New York market continued to steadily drift lower as the afternoon progressed and eventually had some influence upon the London market that briefly dipped back into negative territory later in the afternoon, but to post a late in the day recovery.   The London market ended the day on a hesitantly positive note and with 40.9% of the earlier gains of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a soft note and with 84.2% of the losses of the day intact.    This mixed but overall soft close might nevertheless with the news of the much reduced speculative long within the New York market in play, result in some degree of cautious buoyancy for early trade today against the prices set on Friday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
JAN      1944 + 6                                                 DEC     173.00 – 2.40
MAR     1974 + 9                                                 MAR    174.00 – 2.40
MAY     1992 + 10                                               MAY    176.55 – 2.40
JUL      2007 + 10                                                JUL     178.95 – 2.35
SEP      2020 + 10                                               SEP     181.05 – 2.50
NOV     2024 + 8                                                  DEC    183.60 – 2.45
JAN      2027 + 6                                                 MAR    184.90 – 2.60
MAR     2035 + 6                                                 MAY    184.90 – 2.75
MAY     2044 + 6                                                  JUL     184.15 – 2.85
JUL      2051 + 6                                                  SEP     183.35 – 2.90

12th. December, 2014.
The International Coffee Organisation have forwarded their latest forecast for global coffee supply for the October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year, which they say shall be 141 million bags, which is 4.2 million bags lower than their assessment of the coffee supply for the previous year of 145.2 million bags.   These figures on the part of the International Coffee Organisation are by nature of this official body that is obliged to base its calculations upon the often conservative official figures from the individual members, likewise tend to be conservative.

In this respect their figure for the previous 2013 to 2014 coffee year is approximately 6.5 million to 7 million bags shy of many of the private trade and industry reports for this previous coffee year and therefore, one might presume that the figure of 141 million bags for the present coffee year is most likely a conservative figure and most probably at least 2 million bags shy of what shall finally by the end of this present coffee year and with the evidence of exports and estimated domestic consumption, prove to be the correct figure.

This said, one has to now compare the potential coffee supply for the present coffee year against what is a complicated to assess global coffee consumption figure, which is being forecasted at figures that vary between 145 million and 150 million bags for the present coffee year.   However with the clear evidence of flat to lower consumption within many of the traditional coffee markets in Europe and with economic issues more than likely to slow the growth within the growing Asian markets, one might guess that the demand figure is more than likely not going to exceed 148 million bags.   Therefore a guess at a global deficit coffee supply for the present coffee year that shall be closer to a more modest 5 million to 7 million bags, rather than some of the more dramatic figures that have been voiced.

This deficit in terms of the global coffee stocks that were in excess of 23 million bags within consumer market hands at the start of the coffee year and with the two major producers having jointly entered their new crops with carryover stocks of approximately 16 million bags, most certainly does not indicate any potential problems for coffee supply for the present coffee year.  Thus one has to look rather to the critical issue of the next 2015 Brazil crop, which shall fuel the coffee supply for the follow on October 2015 to September 2016 coffee year and while there is no doubt that the combination of the early this year drought and a late start to the rain season shall not fuel a bumper crop, one has to question how much of a deficit new crop it shall be.

Some of the more dramatic forecasts have pointed to a deficit Brazil crop for 2015 of close to 10 million bags, while many and perhaps more reliable in nature forecasts, have been talking a more modest figure of around 5 million bags.   These deficit figures for Brazil for the coming year have however to be seen against rising coffee supply from Central America and parts of Asia that shall assist to lessen the influence of a deficit in Brazil, in terms of overall global coffee supply and therefore unless there are no further climatic problems for Brazil to further damage their 2015 crop potential and likewise for any of the other main producer blocs, the longer term global coffee supply through to the 2016 to 2017 coffee year looks to be only a little tighter, rather than a problem.

Meanwhile the rains continue to fall over the main coffee districts in Brazil and thus dampening the spirits of the bulls within the New York market, while side-lining the consumer market industry buyers, who look for new lows to inspire more aggressive buying activity.  While the much respected Brazilian analysts Safras and Mercado who have assessed this year’s new Brazil crop at a relatively in terms of many other reports high level of 48.9 million bags, have estimated that farmers have already sold to the trade and local industries approximately 65% of the new crop coffees.  These sales that are above average in terms of percentage terms but perhaps a little below average in terms of actual volume from a smaller crop for this time of the year, have been very much inspired by the weaker Brazil Real to the dollar that adds value in terms of internal prices.  The very nature of this aggressive selling activity might however also be seen to be an indication of the farmers belief and post the flowerings for the new crop, that a potential modest deficit is not enough reason to justify holding back stocks to gain additional value out of a dramatically tight supply post the next crop.
 
The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 87.27 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 49.47% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 1,960 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,319,080 bags.   There was meanwhile no change to the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 14,510 bags.

The commodity markets remained overall lacklustre in trade yesterday, but with a degree of stability within many of the markets.  The Cotton, Copper, Orange Juice, Wheat, Corn and Soybean markets showed buoyancy and the Brent Oil market was steady, while the U.S. Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, Cocoa, Coffee, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had a softer day’s trade.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 0.14% lower; to see this Index registered at 468.72.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.572 to Sterling and 1.239 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 62.55 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day yesterday on a hesitant steady to soft note and with both markets taking a slow soft track into the afternoon’s trade, with trade thin and lacklustre for the more volatile New York market, while the London market was a little more active.    The afternoon progressed with producer selling weighing down on a thinly traded New York market, which lacked anything in the way of volume from the industry to provide support and with both markets losing some more weight.  The London market continued to end the day on a soft note and with 94.1% of the losses of the day intact, while the New York market that experienced late in day partial recovery nevertheless ended the day on a soft note and with 58.9% of the losses of the day intact.   This overall soft close does little to inspire and one might expect to see at best only a steady start for the markets in early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
JAN      1938 – 37                                               DEC     175.40 – 2.15
MAR     1965 – 32                                               MAR    176.40 – 2.15
MAY     1982 – 32                                               MAY    178.95 – 2.05
JUL      1997 – 30                                                JUL    181.30 – 1.90
SEP      2010 – 29                                               SEP     183.55 – 1.85
NOV     2016 – 28                                                DEC    186.05 – 1.75
JAN      2021 – 27                                               MAR    187.50 – 1.65
MAR     2029 – 27                                               MAY    187.65 – 1.60
MAY     2038 – 27                                                JUL    187.00 – 1.75
JUL      2045 – 27                                                SEP    186.25 – 1.75

11th. December, 2014.
The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation celebrated its 80th. National Congress last week and with representatives from all of their coffee districts who represent the countries approximately 553,000 coffee farmers and representatives from the countries trade and industry players contributing to the event, which debated towards a program and policy for their industry for the next five years.   The Federation firstly celebrated the success of their farm rejuvenation program over the past five years, which has seen the replanting of farms with 3.2 billion new disease resistant and higher yielding trees and with the results already evident from the rising levels of production, which with many of the trees still to come to maturity, is likely to inspire further increases over the next couple of years.   Thus supporting the relatively short term target for an annual crop of fine washed arabica coffees of in excess of 14 million bags per annum, within the next two to three years.   

However with the farm rejuvenation program now well on track and well past the half way mark, the focus of the Federation is now leaning more towards the matters of agronomy and social, with programs planned to further improve the farm extension services to assist their farmers to improve their agricultural practices, along with social programs to assist in the improvement of the living conditions within their coffee industry.   These latter programs not only related to health and welfare, but also towards education for the rural communities and with the view to further strengthen the stability of the Colombian coffee farming industry and to maintain its dominant market share within the top end fine washed arabica coffee sector of the consumer markets.

The Association of Coffee Exporters and Industries in Indonesia have reiterated their confidence in the steady growth of the countries domestic market, with and ambitious forecast that domestic consumption within Indonesia which they say registered and impressive 15.4% growth this year, shall register a further 16.7% growth next year, to see domestic consumption rise to in excess of 5.8 million bags per annum.   These figures are very impressive and there is no doubt that domestic coffee consumption within Indonesia is indeed showing steady year by year growth, but one might think that there is some degree of market manipulation coming into play to inflate the numbers.   Mostly so as the growth is being reported within the context of what influence it shall have upon the coffee export potential for Indonesia who have a larger new crop to the fore, but are with the rise of domestic consumption unlikely to significantly increase export volumes.  Albeit that despite this recovery in Indonesia’s production, the Association of Coffee Exporters and Industries have forecasted that domestic consumption shall nevertheless dictate a 10% decline in exports.

In the meantime with the recovery in production levels in Colombia, they have stepped back up into third place in terms of world coffee production, behind the giants Brazil and Vietnam and with Indonesia having slipped back into fort position.  These four presently accounting for approximately 70% of world coffee production and consumer market supply, while the first three continue to dominate the raw material inputs for the larger roasting companies within the consumer markets, who require stable volume coffee supply to maintain their blend profiles and dominant share of the consumer markets.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 87.97 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 49.27% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 3,300 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,321,040 bags.   There was meanwhile a similar in volume 3,375 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 14,510 bags.

The commodity markets were mixed yesterday, but with the macro commodity index tending negative with the influence of the soft Oil markets.  The Natural Gas, Sugar, Cotton, Orange Juice, and Silver markets showed buoyancy, while the Cocoa, Coffee, Copper, Wheat, Corn, Soybean, Gold and Platinum markets were softer and the Oil markets registered sharp losses for the day.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.68% lower; to see this Index registered at 469.37.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar marginally softer and trading at 1.571 to Sterling and 1.244 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and is selling at $ 63.95 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day yesterday with the London market taking a steady stance and the New York market showing some degree of early buoyancy, but with the London market soon coming under a degree of pressure and taking a modestly softer track into the afternoon’s trade.    The New York market came under pressure during the afternoon and with sell stops coming into play, to reverse its positive trend that had peaked with gains of 1.75 usc/Lb., and head back into negative territory and with the London market adding to its losses.    There was however some degree of support at the lows and the markets both showed a degree of buoyancy within negative territory, to limit the losses for the day.  The London market ended the day on a soft note and with 48.3% of the losses of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a soft note and with 55.9% of the losses of the day intact.    This soft close and with a lack of supportive fundamental news coming to the markets is not very constructive and with the industry players stepping back to look for new lows as against producers chasing a thin and lacklustre market, one might expect to sell little better than a hesitantly steady to marginally softer start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
JAN      1975 – 19                                               DEC     177.55 – 1.90
MAR     1997 – 14                                               MAR     178.55 – 1.90
MAY     2014 – 14                                               MAY     181.00 – 1.95
JUL      2027 – 16                                                JUL     183.20 – 2.10
SEP      2039 – 15                                               SEP     185.40 – 2.15
NOV     2044 – 12                                               DEC     187.80 – 2.20
JAN      2048 – 12                                               MAR     189.15 – 2.25
MAR     2056 – 12                                               MAY     189.25 – 2.20
MAY     2065 – 12                                                JUL     188.75 – 2.30
JUL      2072 – 12                                                SEP     188.00 – 2.50

10th. December, 2014.
The new Vietnam crop is in full swing and while there have been some rain interruptions to the harvest it is peaking and estimated are that well in excess of 65% of the crop harvested so far, to see a steady flow of new crop coffees now coming to the mills and export houses in Ho Chi Minh City.   There is however so far no aggression on the part of the farmers in terms of selling activity and the Vietnam trade remains only a slow and steady buyer, as they play the time game to see if the post-harvest selling activity might prove to inspire some more aggressive discounting of new crop coffees.

The forecast by the traditionally excessively conservative Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association for a 20% lower new crop remains largely ignored by the local and international coffee trade and for the present the perspective is still for a new crop of approximately 27.5 million bags, of which close to 96% shall be made up by robusta coffees.   There is however a growing domestic consumption and with some ambitious internal market forecasts indicating that this could rise in the coming year or two to something in the region of 2.7 million bags, but with Vietnam having a taken a large carryover stock into this new crop, it is unlikely to be a factor to impact negatively upon export volumes for the coming year.

With the New Mexican and Central American crops now picking up in volume and this regional harvest with some delays in cherry maturity having been experienced which would indicate improved quality, there has so far been no market supportive negative news coming forth from this leading fine washed arabica producer bloc and one can presume that with no news is good news, that the forecasts for increased regional coffee supply for the coming year are a matter of reality.    This is however having some impact upon the export differentials for the coffees from this region, but with the exception of the brand name origins of Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama, where dedicated consumer market support from the North American and Japanese markets and with branding of these countries upon retail packets, continues to support significant premium differentials for their coffees.    Thus in terms of these select few, the negative nature of the softening prices of the reference prices of the New York market is not having so far the effect upon internal market prices, as it is for their neighbours.

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 89.23 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 49.45% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 1,051 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,317,740 bags.   There was meanwhile a smaller in volume 570 bags increase to the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 17,885 bags.

These stocks remain dominated as is traditional for the stock by the Central and South American producers, who account for 83.65% of the stocks.  The Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua bloc accounting for 1,327,036 bags or 57.26% of the stocks, Peru accounting for 463,382 or 19.99% of the stocks, Colombia accounting for 140,474 bags or 6.06% of the stocks and Brazil accounting for a modest 7,980 bags or 0.34% of the stocks.

The balance are related to India and the African bloc and with coffees from Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda accounting for 319,403 bags or 13.78% of the stocks, while India accounts for a relatively modest 59,465 bags or 2.57% of the stocks.   One might however assume that with a larger new crop harvest now coming in for Mexico and Central America that by the second quarter of this year that their share of the stocks shall start to increase and that by the second half of 2015 and with the new Peru crop also in play, that there shall be a modest increase in the overall Central and South American share of these stocks.

The U.S. dollar tended to come of its recent highs yesterday with some corrective trade in the dollar in play, which was a supportive factor with most of the commodity markets.   But with the U.S.A. aside the consumer markets that are dominated by Europe, China and Japan presently forwarding relatively soft longer term demand forecasts, the renewed buoyancy for the macro commodity index remained modest.   The U.S. Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, Cocoa, New York arabica Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Orange Juice, Corn, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets showed buoyancy and Brent Oil was steady, while the London robusta Coffee and Wheat markets had a softer day’s trade.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 1.16% lower; to see this Index registered at 472.60.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.569 to Sterling and 1.240 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and is selling at $ 65.35 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day yesterday with the London market tending softer and the New York market taking a steady track and with the New York market coming under some short term pressure to join the softer London market in thin early afternoon trade.    The New York market and with the positive influences of the macro commodity index in play did however regain some support and move back into positive territory, while the London market maintained its softer stance.   The London market continued to end the day on a soft note and with 82.1% of the losses of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a positive note and with 64.9% of the earlier gains of the day intact.   This mixed close provides little in the way of signal for the markets, but one might with the positive close in New York expect to see some buoyancy coming into play for the London market and a steady start for the New York market for early trade today, against the price set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
JAN      1994 – 20                                               DEC     179.45 + 2.40
MAR     2011 – 23                                               MAR    180.45 + 2.40
MAY     2028 – 23                                               MAY    182.95 + 2.35
JUL      2043 – 24                                                JUL     185.30 + 2.30
SEP      2054 – 24                                               SEP     187.55 + 2.25
NOV     2056 – 22                                                DEC    190.00 + 2.25
JAN      2060 – 18                                               MAR    191.40 + 2.50
MAR     2068 – 17                                               MAY     191.45 + 2.80
MAY     2077 – 15                                                JUL     191.05 + 2.70
JUL      2084 – 15                                                SEP     190.50 + 2.55

9th. December, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the London robusta coffee market has seen the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market decrease their net long position within this market by 5.35% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 2nd. December;  to register a net long position of 22,248 Lots on the day.   This net long position that is the equivalent of 3,708,000 bags has most likely been marginally reduced over the period of mixed but overall more negative trade that has since followed.

The Brazilian Coffee Exporters Association have come forth with their more detailed coffee export figures for the month of November, to report that the green coffee exports for the month were 367,036 bags or 14.99% higher than the same month last year, at a total of 2,816,264 bags.   Added to this were the value added exports of soluble coffee calculated in terms of their green coffee equivalent which resulted in the overall coffee exports for the month of November being a slightly more modest 313,238 bags or 11.62% higher than the same month last year, at a total of 3,009,118 bags.

In terms of value however and with much of this export performance for the month of November having been related to relatively good value price fixed coffees, the November exports were 211.2 million U.S. dollars or 55.09% higher than the same month last year, at a total of 594.6 million U.S. dollars.   This relatively good value and with the firming U.S. dollar which assists to increase the internal market prices for the coffees, does much to continue to inspire the farmers to remain relatively aggressive and easy sellers of the combination of past crop arabica coffee stocks and new crop arabica and conilon robusta coffee stocks.

The question still remains why with even relatively good currency inspired value aside, are the Brazilian farmers remaining active sellers, as by the very nature of this activity they the farmers, are tending to indicate that they do not foresee as much of a disastrous next 2015 arabica coffee crop as many have indicated.   Thus having no reason to show selling and price restraint so as to hold back arabica coffee stocks to join a significant deficit new 2015 crop, which would need to carry consumer market supply through to the third quarter of 2016.  Thus supporting the view of many less concerned forecasts, who have been talking about a follow on 2015 arabica coffee crop that might in fact match to perhaps even marginally exceed this year’s deficit arabica coffee crop.   A crop that with significant carryover arabica coffee stocks, has not resulted in an overall deficit arabica coffee supply through to the next crop and with arabica coffee stocks to carry over into the next crop, which might be as high as 6 million bags.

This factor along with the firmer nature of the U.S. dollar and the relatively good prevailing rains in Brazil and with the consumer markets lacklustre in nature, is assisting to dampen speculative spirits within the volatile and influential New York market.   The question remains however and with the early in this year’s crop damaging partial drought over the main arabica coffee districts in Brazil, what shall be the rainfall for the first quarter of 2015, as any hiccups in this summer rain season and with the experiences of what happened this year still fresh in mind, would undoubtedly bring forth a host of market supportive scare stories.    Thus while the New York market and with the London market following in a less aggressive manner is tending to develop a speculatively bearish stance, one would expect a degree of caution to come to the fore on the part of the speculative sector of the market, until there is some more defining rainfall and new crop forecast data on the table, over the first two months of the coming year.  This factor might tend to limit the present downside track that the charts are indicating, for at least the short term.   

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 85.79 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 48.18% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 840 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,318,791 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 1,235 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 17,315 bags.

The U.S. dollar retained its muscle yesterday, to continue to dampen spirits within many markets and with the strong dollar accompanied by poor economic numbers from Japan that is suffering through a recession and indicators of slowing demand from the internal market in China.  The Sugar, Cocoa, Cotton, Orange Juice and Wheat markets nevertheless showed some buoyancy, while the Oil, Natural Gas, Coffee, Corn, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had a softer day’s trade.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.79% lower; to see this Index registered at 467.20.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.564 to Sterling and 1.231 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 64.80 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day yesterday on a relatively steady sideways track, but with the London market soon turning south, while the New York market tended to show some modest buoyancy in thin trade.   The markets continued with this stance into the afternoon’s trade and with the New York market maintaining a positive stance and London market just below par.  As the afternoon progressed however and with a lack of industry support under the markets, the New York market lost its stability and headed back into negative territory and with the London market losing a little more weight.  The London market continued to end the day on a soft note and with 90.5% of the losses of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a likewise soft note and with 66.1% of the earlier losses of the day intact.   This overall soft close and with little in the way of supportive fundamental news in play, is likely to set the markets for little better than a near to steady start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
JAN      2014 – 24                                               DEC     177.05 – 2.05
MAR     2034 – 19                                               MAR     178.05 – 2.05
MAY     2051 – 15                                               MAY     180.60 – 2.05
JUL      2067 – 14                                                JUL     183.00 – 2.00
SEP      2078 – 16                                               SEP     185.30 – 1.95
NOV     2078 – 16                                                DEC    187.75 – 1.90
JAN      2078 – 16                                               MAR     188.90 – 1.80
MAR     2085 – 16                                               MAY     188.65 – 1.65
MAY     2092 – 16                                                JUL     188.35 – 1.55
JUL      2099 – 16                                                SEP     187.95 – 1.45

8th. December, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the washed arabica coffee New York market has seen the shorter term in nature Managed Money Fund sector of the market decrease their net long position within this market by 5.42% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 2nd. December;  to register a net long position of 35,783 Lots on the day.  Over the same period the longer term in nature and steadier Index Fund sector of this market increased their net long position within the market by 1.09%, to register a net long on the day of 40,090 Lots.

During this same week of trade the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market decreased their net long position within the market by 11.90%, to register a net long of 31,217 lots on the day.   This net long position that is the equivalent of 8,849,881 bags has most likely been further decreased over the period of mixed but overall negative trade that has since followed and likewise, the net long position of the Managed Money Funds.

The Ethiopian Coffee Exporters Association have voiced their confidence in their countries coffee export prospects for the present July 2014 to June 2015 financial year, following a 5.88% increase in exports for the first four months of this financial year compared to the same period in the previous year, with exports for the period registered at approximately 900,000 bags.   This improved performance they say is even more impressive, in terms of the value of the exports having been 34.43% higher than the same period in the previous financial year, at a total of 231.9 million U.S. dollars.

Following this good start for their coffee industry for this present financial year, the Ethiopian Coffee Exporters Association have forecasted that their exports for the financial year might well prove to be 23.68% higher than the previous financial year, to total 3,916,667 bags.   These exports they estimate shall generate coffee export income for the country that shall be 2.5% higher than the previous financial year, at approximately 862 million U.S. dollars.   This relatively ambitious export target in terms of rising volumes of exports are not matched by a similar ambitious forecast in terms of value, which might make one comment that the association has objectively addressed the declining value of the international coffee prices that have hit a four and half month low for the New York market, on Friday.  

This softening of the coffee markets being related to the day by day rainfall reports from Brazil, which are accompanied by forecast for more rains to come over the next couple of weeks.   While in the meantime with the rains falling in Brazil and with most of the main producer bloc’s looking forward to either steady to increased new crop production levels, there are no further fundamental supportive reports coming to the coffee markets.  While the with the relatively well stocked consumer markets relatively complacent in their buying activity, there is little underlying support coming from the industry and leaving market support very much in the hands of the unpredictable fund sector of the markets.

This decline in the value of the markets albeit partially countered by the prevailing stronger value of the U.S. dollar, is becoming something of a concern for the arabica coffee producers and particularly so for the Mexicans and Central Americans, who have larger overall volumes of new crop coffees to sell in the coming months.   These farmers mostly having experienced significant increases in production costs, as they come out of two years of increased inputs that have been related to the battle against Roya or Leaf rust and with reference prices of the New York market starting to drift back to levels that do not offer much in the way of profitability for many farmers.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed on Friday to register this at 86.98 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 48.30% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 4,919 bags on Friday, to register these stocks at 2,317,951 bags.   There was meanwhile no change to the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 18,550 bags.

The U.S. dollar was buoyed on Friday by the news of better than expected rising employment figures and this impacted within many of the commodity markets, with the macro commodity index taking a softer track to end off the week on a soft note.   The Brent Oil, Natural Gas, Cocoa, Wheat, Corn and Soybean markets nevertheless showed buoyancy and the Orange Juice market was steady, while the U.S. Oil, Sugar, Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had a softer day’s trade.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.28% lower; to see this Index registered at 470.93.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.556 to Sterling and 1.229 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 67.65 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day on Friday on a relatively steady note and with some hesitant buoyancy in thin trade, but this was short lived and the markets started to lose their way and they took a softer track into the afternoon’s trade.   The negative influences of the firmer dollar and the softening nature of the macro commodity index saw both markets extend their losses as the afternoon progressed, but with underlying support coming into play later in the day to bring forth a degree of corrective buoyancy for both markets.    The London market continued to end the day on marginally softer note and with 43.7% of the earlier losses of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a soft note and with 67.1% of the losses of the day intact.   This overall soft close does little to inspire, but one might expect to see some degree of hesitancy and perhaps a cautiously steady start for early trade today against the prices set on Friday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
JAN      2038 – 10                                               DEC     179.10 – 2.45
MAR     2053 – 7                                                 MAR    180.10 – 2.35
MAY     2066 – 7                                                 MAY    182.65 – 2.35
JUL      2081 – 4                                                  JUL     185.00 – 2.35
SEP      2094 – 1                                                 SEP     187.25 – 2.30
NOV     2094 – 1                                                  DEC    189.65 – 2.10
JAN      2094 – 1                                                 MAR     190.70 – 2.10
MAR     2101 – 1                                                 MAY     190.30 – 2.25
MAY     2108 – 1                                                  JUL     189.90 – 2.20
JUL      2115 – 1                                                  SEP     189.40 – 2.30

5th. December, 2014.
The rains continue in Brazil and with many positive reports coming forth to the market, in terms of the condition of the trees and likewise, the development of the new crop cherries.  These reports and with very little in the way of qualified reports to counter the evidence of positive steps now being taken towards the development of the next 2015 Brazil crop, continue to dampen speculative spirits within the New York market.

Meanwhile despite the softening of the reference prices of the New York market against which the Brazil arabica coffees are sold and mostly at discounted differentials, the farmers remain active sellers of the combination of past crop and new crop arabica coffees.   These sales are of course assisted by the presently weak nature of the Brazil Real that is presently trading at 2.59 to the U.S. dollar, which is taking some of the bite out of the negative nature of the international dollar prices for coffee at present.    

One has to question however in terms of this continued selling activity on the part of the farmers, their belief in the prospects for a dramatically low new 2015 crop as has been predicted by a number of analysts as surely if the farmers who would know best do have the same perspective, they would be showing a greater degree of price resistance and holding back stocks to sell over the next eighteen months.   This is however so far not the case and one might think from this continued easy selling policy on the part of the Brazilian arabica coffee farmers that they are presently looking towards only a modest deficit crop for the coming year, rather than a sharp dip in production.

The new Central American crop is now in harvest but with many districts having experienced relatively cold weather, which has been slowing the maturity of the cherries.   This is however seen to be a more positive than negative factor, as the slower the development to maturity for the cherries, the better shall be the overall cup quality.   While with more than sufficient fine washed arabica coffee supply within the markets at present and assisted by the good levels of Colombian new crop coffees coming to the market, there is no panic over the delay in the delivery of the new Central American and Mexican crops.

Adding to the lack of concern over the small delay in new crop deliveries from Central America, is prevailing the lacklustre nature of the consumer markets, where stocks remain good and cautious roasters look towards the possibility of softening price levels, to maintain a slow and steady rather than an aggressive longer term buying policy.   Thus with large volumes of new crop fully washed arabica coffees from Mexico, Central America and Colombia hanging over the market and likewise, new crop Vietnam, Indian and Ugandan coffees now coming to the market, while Brazilian natural arabica coffee sales are active, it remains for the present more a buyers rather than a sellers’ market.     

Following the recent forecasts from Australasia that foresee the strong possibility for the development of a new El Nino phenomenon within the Pacific Ocean, the U.S.A. based Climate Protection Agency have forecasted a 65% chance for an El Nino to come into play for the first quarter of 2015 and to continue into the second quarter.   These forecasts are all so far in agreement that if it does materialise that it would be only a modest El Nino and therefore not threatening to the prospects for the Colombian, Peru and Indonesian coffee crops, while it would be supportive for fair rains for the Brazil coffee districts.    Therefore the El Nino or the prospects for its development remains a side-line factor, in terms of coffee market sentiment.      

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 89.01 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 48.79% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 13,610 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,322,870 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 15,025 bags increase to the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 18,550 bags.

The commodity markets tended to take a sideways track within many markets yesterday, but with little in the way of supportive economic news coming to the markets for the present, the overall commodity index struggled to maintain its modest buoyancy for the day.   The Natural Gas, Sugar, Cocoa, Cotton, Copper, Wheat, Silver and Platinum markets had a day of buoyancy, while the Oil, Coffee, Orange Juice, Corn, Soybean and Gold markets had a softer day’s trade.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.14% higher; to see this Index registered at 472.27.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.564 to Sterling and 1.238 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and is selling at $ 68.50 per barrel.

The London market predictably started the day yesterday on a softer track, but followed by a steady start for the New York market.  This seemed to have its influence and the London market soon recovered to join the New York market on a thinly traded steady track into the afternoon.  This did not last however and as the afternoon progressed and with trade remaining relatively thin and lacklustre, the New York market started to drift lower and with the London market likewise losing some weight.    The London market continued to end the day on a modestly softer note but with only 30% of the earlier losses of the day intact and followed by the New York market that registered a partial recovery late in the day to nevertheless end the day on a soft note and with 47.1% of the earlier losses of the day intact.   This overall soft and lacklustre close for the markets and with little in the way of striking fundamental news to provide direction, is likely to see the markets set for slow and steady start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
JAN      2048 – 3                                                 DEC     181.55 – 1.00
MAR     2060 – 3                                                 MAR    182.45 – 1.20
MAY     2073 – 4                                                 MAY     185.00 – 1.15
JUL      2085 – 5                                                  JUL     187.35 – 1.15
SEP      2095 – 6                                                 SEP     189.55 – 1.15
NOV     2095 – 4                                                  DEC    191.75 – 1.10
JAN      2095 – 2                                                 MAR    192.80 – 1.05
MAR     2102 – 1                                                 MAY    192.55 – 1.05
MAY     2109 – 1                                                  JUL     192.10 – 1.05
JUL      2116 – 1                                                  SEP     191.70 – 1.00

4th. December, 2014.
The National Coffee Council in El Salvador and with the new crop having started to be harvested, have forecasted that they expect this new crop to be 65% larger than the previous crop, at a total of 889,333 bags.  This increase they appropriate to the fact that the country had taken strong measures to counter the devastating effects of Roya or Leaf Rust over the past two years, which has resulted in approximately 92% of the coffee farms to have Roya completely under control.

One might comment that with the El Salvador coffee industry dominated by commercial farms and with many having pruned back their coffee trees during 2012 in a radical bid to control Roya, that these trees shall start coming back towards full production during next year.   Therefore unless there are no further unforeseen climatic or disease issues coming forth in the coming year, the country shall potentially return to crop levels of in excess of 1 million bags by the follow on 2015/2016 crop.

The Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos gave a speech at a Colombian National Coffee Federation and presumably voicing the views of the Federation, to announce his confidence in the prospects for the Colombian coffee industry to have a good year and to register earnings of 2.4 billion U.S. dollars.    But furthermore and in terms of the short term future, he has confirmed the Federations confidence that with a large percentage of the country’s coffee farms still covered by young and yet to fully mature trees, that their annual crop that dipped to 7.8 million bags in 2009 and topped 12 million bags for the October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year, shall soon achieve levels in excess of 14 million bags per annum.    This forecast in terms of private trade and industry opinions is seen to be realistic and with many already forecasting an October 2014 to September 2015 crop of fine washed arabica coffees that shall already exceed 13 million bags.

The leading Brazil coffee cooperative Cooxupe with the new 2015 crop cherries starting to develop has forecasted that due to the early in the year drought damage to the trees, that they foresee the next 2015 crop to potentially be marginally close to 1% lower than the just completed 2014 crop.   This report is not nearly as dramatic as some of the reports that have come to the market and if it were to be correct, would indicate a 2015 crop of around 47 million bags and therefore, a not too difficult to live with in terms of world stocks deficit of around 6 million bags.   One might suggest however as forecasts from the cooperative tend to be relatively conservative, that this Cooxupe forecast might already indicate an even smaller forthcoming 2015 deficit crop and therefore is a forecast that is more neutral rather than supportive for the market.

The subject of El Nino has once again come to the fore, with further indications for the probability of a weak El Nino phenomenon to soon develop within the Pacific Ocean.    This by nature of being foreseen to be a weak event is however not threatening for the Pacific rim coffee producers and most importantly Colombia, Indonesia and Peru, while traditionally an El Nino is supportive for improved rains for the coffee districts in Brazil and thus somewhat reducing any threat of a repeat dry spell for the first quarter of the coming year.

Meanwhile following reasonable rains for the majority of the Brazil coffee districts during the past month, the forecasts are indicating that fair rains shall be forthcoming for the next two weeks and therefore, to further support the development of the next 2015 Brazil crop.   Thus for the present there are no further weather concerns forthcoming from Brazil and the debate remains rather, over how much damage the early in the year partial drought and the late start to the present rain season might have done, to the potential of this next crop.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 90.07 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 49.04% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 1,875 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,336,480 bags.   There was meanwhile no change to the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 3,525 bags.

The commodity markets tended to take a sideways track within many markets yesterday, but with the overall commodity index nevertheless tending softer for the day.   The U.S. Oil, Coffee, Cotton, Orange Juice, Gold and Platinum markets showed buoyancy, while the Brent Oil, Sugar, Cocoa, Copper, Wheat, Corn, Soybean and Silver markets tended softer for the day.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.34% lower; to see this Index registered at 471.60.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.567 to Sterling and 1.230 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 69.75 per barrel.

The London market started the day yesterday on a softer track, but followed by some modest buoyancy for the New York market.  This seemed to have its influence and the London market recovered to set a steady track into the afternoon, while the New York market retained its modestly positive stance.    Trade remained thin but with the New York market adding some further value and the London market starting to show some renewed confidence and buoyancy, as the afternoon progressed.   The upside track for the New York market was however not sustained and while the London market held on to its gains, the New York market started to falter later in the day.  The London market ended the day on a positive note and with 76% of the earlier gains of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day showing only modest buoyancy and with only 9.4% of the gains of the day intact.   This close does little to inspire and one might expect to see a marginally softer start for the London market and a close to steady start for the New York market for early trade today, against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
JAN      2051 + 17                                               DEC     182.55 + 0.25
MAR     2063 + 19                                               MAR     183.65 + 0.25
MAY     2077 + 20                                               MAY     186.15 + 0.25
JUL      2090 + 20                                                JUL     188.50 + 0.20
SEP      2101 + 21                                               SEP     190.70 + 0.20
NOV     2099 + 21                                                DEC    192.85 + 0.35
JAN      2097 + 21                                               MAR    193.85 + 0.40
MAR     2103 + 21                                               MAY    193.60 + 0.40
MAY     2110 + 21                                                JUL    193.15 + 0.35
JUL      2117 + 21                                                SEP    192.70 + 0.35

3rd. December, 2014.
The National Coffee Institute of Costa Rica have reported that the countries coffee exports for the month of November were 13,024 bags or 28.27% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 33,048 bags.   This slow start to the new coffee year has contributed to the countries cumulative exports for the first two months of the present October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year to being 18,953 bags or 23.51% lower than the same period in the previous coffee year, at a total of 61,663 bags.

The Coffee Growers Federation in Colombia have reported that the countries coffee production for the month of November was 2,000 bags or 0.18% higher than the same month last year, at a total of 1,115,000 bags.   This contributes to the countries cumulative production for the first two months of the present October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year to be 45,000 bags or 2.07% higher than the same period in the previous coffee year.

Meanwhile the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation have reported that the countries coffee exports for the month of November were 78,000 bags or 7.1% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 1,022,000 bags.    This dip nevertheless follows a more active month of exports in October and therefore the cumulative exports for the first two months of the present October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year are still 5,000 bags or 0.25% higher than the same period in the previous coffee year, at a total of 1,988,000 bags.     

The new Vietnam harvest has experienced some light rain interruptions, which has slowed the delivery of the new crop robusta coffees to the exporters, but with good carryover stocks in hand this has not really disrupted a steady flow of robusta coffees to the consumer markets.  While approximately 40% of the new crop harvest now completed, one can expect that the flow of new crop coffees shall start to build and for the present it is very much business as usual from this leading robusta producer.

Meanwhile the traditional seasonal scare stories are coming forth from the Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association, who talk about the new crop to potentially be up to 20% lower than the last crop.  Followed by the Vietnam governments Coordinating Board forecasting a new crop of only 21.67 million bags, which is a rather dramatically modest figure.  But this differs little from the official forecasts and reports in previous years that come to the market during and shortly post the harvest and for the present and thus, such market manipulative reports are not taken seriously.   While albeit early in the month, the trade is talking of December exports of mostly robusta coffee from Vietnam of between 2 million and 2.5 million bags.  

With the new arabica coffee crop well into its new crop harvest in India and the new robusta coffee crop soon to follow, the farmers are disputing the official new crop forecasts and indicate that they foresee the new arabica coffee crop to be 20% lower than the past crop.   This unofficial forecast does not however detract from many other private trade and industry forecasts who foresee that while there has been the usual problems of white stem borer for the arabica coffee farmers, that the new crop shall potentially match the previous arabica crop of approximately 1.6 million bags.   While the general view is that the new Indian robusta crop shall be at least 20%larger than the past crop, at approximately 4 million bags.    Thus the unofficial trade forecasts presently are close to the official Coffee Board of India forecast, which has forecasted a combined new Indian crop of approximately 5.74 million bags.  

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 90.69 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 49.45% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 2,800 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,338,355 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 4,920 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 3,525 bags.

The commodity markets had a day of reversal yesterday, with the renewed muscle of the U.S. dollar coming forth to dampen spirits within many markets and to once again pressure the macro commodity index lower.  The Cotton market held steady, while the Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, Cocoa, Coffee, Copper, Orange Juice, Wheat, Corn, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had a softer day’s trade.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 1.55% lower; to see this Index registered at 473.22.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.564 to Sterling and 1.237 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and is selling at $ 70.40 per barrel.

The London market started the day with a degree of buoyancy, while New York market started the day modestly softer, with London market maintaining its positive track into the afternoon and the New York market maintaining its negative track.   The New York market continued to take a downside track for the rest of the day and finally had its influence upon the London market, which shed its gains and moved down into negative territory.   The London market continued to end the day on a soft note and with 95.7% of its losses of the day intact, while the New York market shed 3.68% in value for the day and ended the day on a very soft note and with 97.2% of the losses of the day intact.    This very soft overall close does little to inspire and one might expect to see little better than a steady start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
JAN      2034 – 29                                               DEC     182.30 – 7.05
MAR     2044 – 22                                               MAR     182.40 – 7.00
MAY     2057 – 22                                               MAY     185.90 – 7.00
JUL      2070 – 20                                                JUL     188.30 – 6.95
SEP      2080 – 19                                               SEP     190.50 – 6.90
NOV     2078 – 19                                                DEC    192.50 – 6.90
JAN      2076 – 19                                               MAR     193.45 – 6.90
MAR     2082 – 19                                               MAY     193.20 – 6.90
MAY     2089 – 19                                                JUL     192.80 – 6.85
JUL      2096 – 19                                                SEP     192.35 – 6.85

2nd. December, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the washed arabica coffee New York market has seen the shorter term in nature Managed Money Fund sector of the market increase their net long position within this market by 4,16% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 25th. November;  to register a net long position of 37,835 Lots on the day.  Over the same period the longer term in nature and steadier Index Fund sector of this market decreased their net long position within the market by 6.77%, to register a net long on the day of 39,656 Lots.

During this same week of trade the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market increased their net long position within the market by 15.95%, to register a net long of 35,433 lots on the day.   This net long position that is the equivalent of 10,045,098 bags has most likely been reduced over the period of mixed but overall negative trade that has since followed and likewise, the net long position of the Managed Money Funds.

The latest Commitment of Traders report from the London robusta coffee market has seen the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market increase their net long position within this market by 2.49% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 25th. November;  to register a net long position of 23,505 Lots on the day.   This net long position that is the equivalent of 3,917,500 bags has most likely been marginally reduced over the period of mixed but overall more negative trade that has since followed.

The National Coffee Institute of Honduras have reported that the countries coffee exports for the month of November were 5,889 bags or 5.97% higher than the same month last year, at a total of 104,611 bags.    However in terms of a corrected lower figure for November last year, this increase was a more impressive 116.47% factor.   If one is to go with the corrected figure for November last year, the cumulative exports from Honduras for the first two months of this new October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year are 33,102 bags or 34.51% higher than the same period in the previous coffee year, at a total of 129,024 bags.

The preliminary coffee exports from Brazil for the month of November indicate that the country exported 152,300 bags or 5.62% more bags during this last month than the same month last year, to total 2,864,100 bags for the month.   Thus for the present and despite the lower new crop that has been largely pegged at marginally below 48 million bags, the significant carryover stocks of in excess of 12 million bags of arabica coffees into this new harvest, allow for Brazil to maintain its significant market share within the consumer markets.

The Colombian National Coffee Federation remain confident that the country shall produce at least 12.5 million bags of fine washed arabica coffees during the present October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year, due to the positive effects of a return to normal weather conditions and the increased yields from the high percentage of farms that have replaced aged trees over the past five years.   This figure is very much in agreement with most private trade and industry forecasts and with many already talking the figure higher and it is not impossible that by the end of this new coffee year, that the production might even exceed 13 million bags.

While the fundamental news from most of the producer bloc is related to higher production and is somewhat bearish in nature, the issue of Brazil remains on the board and particularly so the longer term world coffee supply that shall be related to the next 2015 Brazil crop.    With the market in receipt of the Rabobank forecast for an approximate 6 million to 11 million bags deficit 2015 Brazil crop of between 42 million to 47 million bags and followed by the Citi Bank forecast for an approximate 8.3 million bags deficit crop of 44.7 million bags.   While the Citi Bank forecast is that there shall be an approximate 10 million bags deficit in world coffee supply, by 2016.   These reports came to the fore during trade yesterday in time to buoy some speculative spirits within the New York market, where the charts were taking something of a negative track.  

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 96.69 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 50.78% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 625 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,335,555 bags.   There was meanwhile no change to the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 8,445 bags.

The commodity markets had an overall hesitant soft start yesterday, following the rather dramatic sell off within many markets on Friday.   There was however as the day progressed and with the U.S. dollar losing some weight something of a return to confidence and with the volatile Oil markets taking the lead, to influence a positive stance for the macro commodity index.   The Oil, Cocoa, New York arabica Coffee, Copper, Wheat, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had a day of buoyancy and the Sugar and Corn markets ended the day on a steady note, while the Natural Gas, London robusta Coffee, Cotton, Orange Juice and Soybean markets had a softer days trade. The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 1.63% higher; to see this Index registered at 480.66.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar showing early buoyancy and trading at 1.572 to Sterling and 1.247 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is relatively steady in early trade and is selling at $ 71.35 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started on the back foot in thin and hesitant trade, but with both markets posting a modest recovery for a brief period, prior to heading back below par and taking a negative track for early afternoon trade and with sell stops extending the losses within the markets, as the afternoon progressed.   There was however a late in the day reversal in sentiment and with the New York market taking a sudden positive turn to trigger stops and to shoot back up into unexpected positive territory, while the London market posted a partial recovery.  The London market continued to end the day on a marginally softer note but with 33.3% of the earlier losses of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a positive note and with 88.1% of the gains of the day intact.   This late in the day recovery in New York might well set the markets for a cautiously steady start, as players await some further direction from the markets and against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
JAN      2063 – 11                                               DEC     189.35 + 2.70
MAR     2066 – 4                                                 MAR     190.40 + 2.95
MAY     2079 – 3                                                 MAY     192.90 + 3.00
JUL      2090 – 2                                                  JUL     195.25 + 3.10
SEP      2099 – 1                                                 SEP      197.40 + 3.25
NOV     2097 – 2                                                  DEC     199.40 + 3.40
JAN      2095 + 1                                                 MAR     200.35 + 3.50
MAR     2101 + 1                                                 MAY     200.10 + 3.70
MAY     2108 + 1                                                  JUL      199.65 + 4.00
JUL      2115 + 8                                                  SEP      199.20 + 4.30

1st. December, 2014.
With the month of November over the Indonesian island of Sumatra which dominates the nations robusta coffee production has reported that the islands robusta coffee exports for the month of November were 643,432 bags or 74.80% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 216,789 bags.   This follows a relatively dismal performance in October and therefore the cumulative robusta exports from Sumatra for the first two months of the present new October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year are 1,014,923 bags or 63.52% lower than the same period in the previous coffee year, at a total of 583,000 bags.

This relatively poor performance on the part of robusta coffee supply from Sumatra is of course related to a relatively poor weather related crop this year and one can expect that for the short term and ahead of the new crop that starts to come into play during the second quarter of next year, that the figures shall continue to be relatively modest for the next four to five months.   However the weather conditions have been much improved and the prospects are for a much improved new crop, which should see the Sumatran robusta coffee exports start to pick up and become more aggressive by the third quarter next year and therefore, the last quarter of the present coffee year.

Meanwhile there is another large new Vietnam robusta coffee crop now starting to come to the market and this over and above a good carryover stock of past crop coffees, which shall ensure that there should be no foreseeable hiccups in terms of consumer market robusta coffee supply, albeit that with limited short term competition from Indonesia, the Vietnamese can afford to be restrained and relatively price supportive, in their approach to the market.   Even though with the prospects for improved Indian, Ugandan and West African robusta supply, there shall be some improved volumes of robusta coffee coming from these producers during the first quarter of the coming year.

These additional volumes of Indian and African robusta coffees are however compared to the volumes that are related to Vietnam and Indonesian production, relatively negligible and have little impact upon the overall market prices for robusta coffees.    Likewise the steadily improving volumes of conilon robusta coffee supply within Brazil that is in reality the world’s second largest robusta coffee producer, as these Brazilian robusta coffees by nature of the competitive price to arabica coffees, are mostly absorbed within the countries domestic market and do not have a marked impact upon consumer market robusta coffee supply.  They rather by nature of filling the gap within Brazilian domestic coffee demand, more of an influence upon the supply of export arabica coffees from Brazil and provide some degree of insurance against the recent weather related dip in Brazils arabica coffee crop.

Meanwhile the main arabica coffee districts have experienced good overall November rains and they are due to continue into this month, with the short to medium term weather forecasts so far providing no threat to the prospects for the development of the next 2015 Brazil arabica coffee crop.   Albeit that due to some degree of irreversible damage from the early in 2014 partial drought and the late start to the rains, this next arabica coffee crop can be expected to be nothing better than relatively modest in nature.   They do however in line with the generally soft nature of the macro commodity index, assist to dampen some speculative spirits within the related and still reasonably positive in value, New York arabica coffee market.    

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed on Friday to register this at 93.56 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 49.91% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 3,977 bags on Friday, to register these stocks at 2,336,180 bags.   There was meanwhile a smaller in volume 2,565 bags increase in the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 8,445 bags.

The commodity markets returned to a full team on Friday, following Thursday’s Thanksgiving Holiday for the U.S.A., but with many players taking a long weekend and trade somewhat dulled.   The direction for the overall macro commodity index was however with the Oil markets heading to new five year lows not so lacklustre in nature, with this index coming under severe pressure.   The Orange Juice and Cotton markets did however have a relatively steady day, but with the Oil, Natural Gas, Cocoa, Sugar, Coffee, Copper, Cotton, Wheat, Corn, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets experiencing a soft end to the shortened week.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 2.53% lower; to see this Index registered at 475.26.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar showing early buoyancy and trading at 1.562 to Sterling and 1.245 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 67.20 per barrel.

The London market started the day on Friday on a hesitantly steady note in thin and lacklustre trade, with the New York market tending softer from the start of the days likewise lacklustre trade.   The negative nature of the New York market which was coming under pressure from the speculative sector that was reacting to both the Brazilian weather news and to the demise of the macro commodity index, did however soon have its influence and the London market likewise headed back into negative territory and a downside track.   The London market continued to end the day on a soft note and with 91.7% of the losses of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a very soft note and with 88.9% of its significant losses of the day intact.   This overall weak close does little to inspire and one might expect to see buyers stepping back to wait and see and thus, a steady to soft start for early trade today against the prices set on Friday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
JAN      2074 – 22                                               DEC     186.65 – 6.85
MAR     2070 – 26                                               MAR     187.45 – 6.80
MAY     2082 – 23                                               MAY     189.90 – 6.70
JUL      2092 – 21                                                JUL      192.15 – 6.75
SEP      2100 – 20                                                SEP     194.15 – 6.55
NOV     2099 – 20                                                DEC     196.00 – 6.50
JAN      2094 – 25                                               MAR     196.85 – 6.40
MAR     2100 – 25                                               MAY     196.40 – 6.30
MAY     2107 – 24                                                JUL     195.65 – 6.35
JUL      2107 – 24                                                SEP     194.90 – 6.55

28th. November, 2014.
It was a very quiet day for the industry yesterday; with the dominant New York arabica coffee market closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday and with most industry players within the rest of the world side-lined by matters of administration, rather than trade.   Leaving the London market to wallow in the doldrums of thin and disinterested trade, as the trade and industry await the return to work of the Americans today, albeit that many shall be taking today as an extended long weekend pre-Christmas shopping holiday.

Meanwhile on the weather front in Brazil the forecasters are looking to the presently overall wet week for the country’s main coffee districts to be concluded with a wet and weekend, with the rains due to weaken for the coming week, but to nevertheless see widespread scattered showers occurring for the coming week.   Likewise into the middle of the following week, to contribute to building ground water retention levels for the coffee farmers and to the steady development of the immature new crop cherries for the coming year.

The question is in terms of the now very normal weather conditions is what shall be the prospects for the forthcoming Brazil crop in 2015, with so many earlier reports speculating that it has been irreversibly damaged and shall in terms of the present 20 million bags plus per annum domestic consumption and export volumes that are expected to be between 31 million and 34 million bags for the coming year, which shall result in a deficit production factor through to the second quarter of 2016.   These deficit forecasts have however somewhat dried up of late and those few that come to the market seemingly now fall upon deaf ears, as players await more reliable data that shall come early in the New Year and based upon new crop developing cherry counts, which shall better define the prospects for this new crop.  

Thus with the rain issues in Brazil for the present not proving to be a matter of concern and the forecasts for the coming month not indicating any reason to fear any further short term weather threat, one can expect to see the Brazil new crop factor to be less influential upon the markets for the coming weeks.   But one might expect following this year’s rather dramatic partial drought over the main arabica coffee districts, expect to see some degree of caution on the part of the speculative sector of the market, until they see how the weather shall perform for the start of the first quarter of 2015.

Meanwhile the larger new Central American crops are starting to be harvested and with a large new Colombian main crop already in play, to see fine washed arabica supply at levels more than sufficient to satisfy consumer market demand.   This is likewise the case with robusta coffee supply where despite the usual scare stories that emanate at this time of the year in terms of the new Vietnam crop, most industry players are still banking on the presently in harvest new Vietnam crop to be another good one and to be supported next year by improved levels of robusta coffee production from India, Uganda and Indonesia.

There remains however in terms of new crop supply a deficit supply from Brazil of natural arabica coffees, but with this deficit being countered by the large volumes of Brazil carryover 2013 stocks, there remains for the present no threat to short to medium term supply.  Thus while for the present the longer term in nature speculative sector of the coffee markets remain cautiously bullish, the physical trade is less confident and is overall cautions and short term in nature.  This contributing to somewhat unseasonal lacklustre physical coffee trade, with good volumes of new coffees on offer and chasing a market, which lacks aggressive buying demand.

The arbitrage between the markets albeit against a closed previous days value in New York narrowed yesterday to register this at 99.27 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 51.10% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 116 bags on Wednesday, to register these stocks at 2,340,157 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 3,160 bags decrease in the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 5,880 bags.

The commodity markets which are dominated by the U.S.A. based markets were mostly closed yesterday, but with the London markets operating in thin trade.    The London Cocoa market showed some buoyancy in thin trade with the perspective of tight longer term supply providing some degree of support, while the prospects for good rains in Brazil dampened spirits within the London Sugar market and the London robusta Coffee market remained relatively steady.  The London Brent Oil market was however an item, as this market collapsed against the news that there will not be any cutting of supply from the OPEC producers, while the Gold, Silver and Copper markets also had a softer day.  There was of course no change to the Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets (with many closed); to see this Index registered at 485.26.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar showing early buoyancy and trading at 1.571 to Sterling and 1.245 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 71.55 per barrel.

The London market started the day yesterday with early buoyancy in thin trade, to take a marginally positive sideways track into the afternoon.   There was however with thin trade accentuating any moves a short dip below par in the afternoon but with the market soon recovering and finally ending the day on a hesitantly steady note.  This provides little indication for direction for today but one might expect that with the firmer nature of the U.S. dollar and the lack of supportive weather related fundamental news from Brazil, that the markets shall tend towards a negative track for early trade today against the close yesterday in London and on Wednesday in New York, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2096 + 1                                                 DEC     193.50 – 0.75
JAN      2096 unch                                             MAR     194.25 – 0.80
MAR     2094 – 3                                                 MAY     196.60 – 0.75
MAY     2105 – 4                                                  JUL     198.90 – 0.75
JUL      2113 – 4                                                  SEP     200.70 – 0.75
SEP      2120 – 4                                                 DEC     202.50 – 0.65
NOV     2119 – 5                                                 MAR     203.25 – 0.50
JAN      2119 – 5                                                 MAY     202.70 – 0.50
MAR     2125 – 5                                                  JUL     202.00 – 0.45
MAY     2131 – 5                                                  SEP     201.45 – 0.40

27th. November, 2014.
The well respected United States Department of Agriculture have dampened some new found bullish spirits that came with some forecasts for a smaller new crop of mostly robusta coffees from Vietnam that is presently heading into its peak harvest, with their assessment that this new crop shall only be marginally lower at a total of a still impressive 29.3 million bags.   This forecast is close to 2 million bags higher than some of the recent trade forecasts that have come to the market and is a report that indicates business as usual from Vietnam, for this new October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year and with the report forecasting exports for the coffee year to potentially be in the region of a steady 26.6 million bags.

The Indonesian Coffee Exporters and Industries Association have increased their earlier assessment of this year’s coffee crop and have reported that nevertheless due to the poor weather conditions late last year and earlier this year, that the country’s coffee crop for 2014 was 9.46% to 12.16% lower than the previous year’s crop, at a total of between 10.83 million to 11.17 million bags.  This figure is 833,330 bags to 1,166,667 bags higher than their earlier in the year forecast, while it is a figure that is significantly better than some of the earlier trade and industry reports that had indicated this year’s Indonesian crop to be approximately 9 million bags and with some even talking it a bit lower.   The same AEKI report has also reconfirmed that due to much improved weather conditions for the second half of this year that the crop for the forthcoming year shall most probably exceed 11.6 million bags, but still lower than the broadly accepted 2013 crop of 12.33 million bags.

As against this more positive production forecast from Indonesia the report has forecasted that domestic coffee consumption shall continue to rise and shall potentially be in the region of 5.83 million bags of the coming year, which would indicate that despite the potential for improved production, it shall not impact in any dramatic manner upon the countries coffee export potential for 2015.  Albeit that within the countries impressive domestic consumption, they estimate that Indonesia shall import approximately 1.67 million bags of low value robusta coffees to supplement the internal market demand and to allow for additional volumes of higher value Indonesian robusta coffees to be exported.

What remains a matter of concern in Indonesia is that with and indicated 1.3 million hectares of coffee farms and under normal weather conditions a production of approximately 12.33 million bags or 740,000 metric tons per annum that average coffee yields are still at a very modest 569 Kgs. per hectare, while this year the weather affected crop produced even lower average yields.   The question is how soon the wide range of state and private industry farm extension and support services shall start to impact upon improved farm husbandry and inputs and finally yields, so as to see Indonesia even from its existing coffee farms to look to raise production levels of in excess of 18 million bags per annum.    It shall take time, but with the additional support of a vibrant domestic consumption, one might expect to see the country start to get closer to such a target in the coming 7 to 10 years.   

The Uganda Coffee Development Authority have reported that year on year coffee exports for the month of October were 18,886 bags or 8.97% higher than the same month last year, at a total of 229,438 bags.   Further to this they have reported that the value of these October 2014 coffee exports was US$ 7,930,885.00 or 34.88% higher than the same month last year, at a total of US$ 30,669,004.00.   This latter value factor and with the free market nature of the Ugandan coffee industry that provides for fast cash flow for the farmers, continues to inspire the countries farming community and is evident by the significant numbers of new coffee trees that are being planted out throughout the main coffee districts of the country.  Thus indicating that the country potentially shall be looking to increase it coffee exports that are presently and approximate 78 to 22 mix of robusta and arabica coffees and are around 3.5 million bags per annum, to levels that should exceed 4 million bags per annum within the next three to five years.   

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 99.13 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 51.03% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 116 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,340,157 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 3,160 bags decrease in the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 5,880 bags.

The commodity markets were generally lacklustre and mixed yesterday, as players started to look to today’s Thanksgiving Holiday in the U.S.A., which shall be extended into a long weekend for many players.   The Sugar, Cocoa, Cotton, Orange Juice, Wheat, Corn, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets showed buoyancy and the London robusta Coffee market was steady for the day, while the Oil, Natural Gas, New York arabica Coffee, Copper and Soybean markets had a softer days trade.    The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.02% lower; to see this Index registered at 485.26.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.579 to Sterling and 1.251 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 75.90 per barrel.

The London market started the day yesterday with early buoyancy and likewise the New York market, but this latter New York market very quickly lost its way and headed back into negative territory, while the London market retained its buoyancy.     This remained the track into the afternoon’s trade with London remaining above par and New York below par and within an environment of thin and lacklustre pre-holiday trade.   The London market did however lose its way late in the day and shed its gains to end close to par, while the New York market posted a partial recovery and ended the day on as soft note but with only 23.9% of the earlier losses of the day intact.    The New York market is closed for the day and one might expect that this shall side-line the majority of the players within the London market, which can be expected to encounter thin and lacklustre erratic trade against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2095 unch                                              DEC     193.50 – 0.75
JAN      2096 + 1                                                 MAR     194.25 – 0.80
MAR     2097 unch                                              MAY     196.60 – 0.75
MAY     2109 unch                                               JUL     198.90 – 0.75
JUL      2117 – 1                                                  SEP      200.70 – 0.75
SEP      2124 – 1                                                  DEC     202.50 – 0.65
NOV     2124 – 1                                                  MAR     203.25 – 0.50
JAN      2124 – 1                                                  MAY     202.70 – 0.50
MAR     2130 – 1                                                   JUL     202.00 – 0.45
MAY     2136 – 1                                                   SEP     201.45 – 0.40

26th. November, 2014.
With export registrations in hand for the month, the General Statistics Office in Vietnam have forecasted that the country’s exports of mostly robusta coffees during the month of November shall be 18% higher than the same month last year, at a total of approximately 1.58 million bags.   This figure they report would result in the countries cumulative exports for the first two months of this new October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year being 34.8% higher than the same period in the previous coffee year, at a total of 3.18 million bags.

This official November export figure is however somewhat lower than the private trade and industry forecasts from within the country, who had been looking a s sharply higher export performance for the month of between 2 million and 2.5 million bags.    Thus one might suggest that with the trade and industry who hold the export contracts being somewhat higher in their perspective of the months exports, that one might expect to see the official figure amended a little higher post the close of the month.

The debate over the deficit coffee supply for the present October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year continues and with the world demand factor being questioned as much as the figure for this year’s Brazil crop, which fuels supply for the period.    Presently the usually more reliable trade and industry perspective is for a Brazil crop that has been between 47 million and 48 million bags and thus fuelling a coffee year crop and supply of approximately 144 million bags, but with some still talking a Brazil 2014 crop number as low as 43 million bags and some of over 50 million bags.   Thus contributing to a degree of confusion and therefore, to a broad range of coffee supply figures for this new coffee year.

It is likewise the world demand that is proving really very difficult to estimate and with forecast estimates that vary between 147 million bags and 154 million bags and with around 150 million bags being seen to be realistic for many within the market, but with questions to be asked over the prospects for both stability of consumption within the leading European and North American markets and the prospects of consumption within some of the leading producer internal markets, where economic pressure might dent potential.   In this respect one would suggest that from the evidence of consumption levels from some of the leading Western European markets this year and with economic issues dampening purchasing power within some Eastern European markets that Europe might struggle to maintain its demand of approximately 51 million bags per annum, while the North American market might not expect to see much in the way of growth and likewise the leading producer consumer Brazil, where economic problems continue to suppress purchasing power.

Meanwhile there are a wide range of deficit forecasts coming forth within the market that vary between 4 million and 13 million bags and a range one would say, that leaves a good degree of confusion within the market.  Albeit that with Brazil alone having brought a carryover stock of past crop coffees of approximately 12 million bags into their new crop, there is presently no reason to be concerned over short to medium term coffee supply.   There remains however good reason to be concerned over the prospects for the 2015 Brazil crop and the speculation over this crop continues to have its influence, with the prevailing fair to good rains in Brazil being ignored by many forecasters, who look to the negative influences of irreversible damage caused by the early in the year partial drought and the late start to the new Brazil rain season to result in a relatively low 2015 Brazil crop.   This speculation that presently indicates a good chance for tightening coffee supply for the follow on 2015 to 2016 coffee year is assisting to support the sentiment of the speculative bulls within the market and likewise, to see the New York market remain within its present relatively firm trading range.

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 99.93 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 51.23% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 11,005 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,340,273 bags.   There was meanwhile a smaller in volume 1,920 bags increase in the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 9,040 bags.

The commodity markets were mixed yesterday, with the stalled rise in the value of the dollar assisting many markets to show a degree of stability, but with the Oil markets remaining with their negative sentiment.  The Natural Gas, New York arabica Coffee, Cotton, Wheat, Corn, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had a day of buoyancy and the Sugar and London robusta Coffee markets were near to steady, while the Oil, Cocoa, Copper and Orange Juice markets tended softer for the day.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.40% higher; to see this Index registered at 485.36.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.571 to Sterling and 1.248 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 77.30 per barrel.

The London market started the day on a soft note, but with the New York market showing early buoyancy following the previous day’s late dip in confidence.   The New York market came under some pressure to dip back into negative territory during the afternoon but soon recovered and with technical support and thin producer price fixation selling volumes assisting the market to return to a steady upside track, while the London market retained its softer stance.   The London market did however recover most of its losses as the afternoon progressed and ended the day near to steady and having recovered 78.9% of the earlier losses of the day, while the New York market ended the day on a firm note and with 77.1% of the gains of the day intact.   This overall steady to positive close is perhaps supportive for sentiment, but one can expect little excitement for trade today ahead of tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Holiday for the New York market, with many players likely to extend this into a long weekend, but one might expect to see a thinly traded near to steady start of the markets for early trade today, against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2095 – 2                                                  DEC     194.25 + 4.60
JAN      2095 – 4                                                 MAR     195.05 + 4.55
MAR     2097 – 3                                                 MAY     197.35 + 4.45
MAY     2109 – 3                                                  JUL      199.65 + 4.50
JUL      2118 – 3                                                  SEP      201.45 + 4.50
SEP      2125 – 3                                                  DEC     203.15 + 4.50
NOV     2125 – 4                                                  MAR     203.75 + 4.45
JAN      2125 – 3                                                  MAY     203.20 + 4.40
MAR     2131 – 3                                                   JUL     202.45 + 4.35
MAY     2137 – 3                                                   SEP     201.85 + 4.30

25th. November, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the London robusta coffee market has seen the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market reduce their net long position within this market reduce their net long position within this market by 10.02% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 18th. November;  to register a net long position of 22,933 Lots on the day.   This net long position that is the equivalent of 3,822,167 bags has most likely been little changed to perhaps marginally higher over the period of mixed but overall more positive trade that has since followed.

The United States Department of Agriculture has forecasted that with rising domestic coffee demand within Indonesia and based on this year’s more modest weather affected crop, that the countries prospects for coffee exports over the October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year shall be 4.35% lower than the previous coffee year, at a total of 6.9 million bags.   One might comment however that with the prospects so far for more normal weather conditions for the foreseeable future, that one might expect that the country shall see export volumes start to pick up during the last few months of this coffee year and potentially with unforeseen weather problems aside, to recover for the follow on 2015 to 2016 coffee year.

In this respect to see Indonesia bring in a 2 million to perhaps as much as 3.5 million bags larger new crop, which shall add significantly to its export potential, with these larger new crop starting to impact upon exports from as early as June 2015.   Thus based on the export potential indicated by the United States Department of Agriculture, one might expect to see Indonesian coffee exports for the follow on October 2015 to September 2015 coffee year potentially being in the region of 7.5 to 9 million bags.   These exports heavily weighted towards an approximate 77% share of robusta coffees, with robusta coffee still dominating the countries production.

The question still remains however in terms of Indonesia, as to when their farmers shall upgrade their farm husbandry and farm inputs, as they presently operate with a great degree of inefficiency.    Many in this respect foresee a potential for the country to very easily look to increase overall yields and with the potential to add 4 to 6 million bags per annum to their present production levels that with normal weather conditions are around 12 to 13 million bags per annum, but the inspiration for such improvements are likely to still take a few years to come to fruition.  Albeit that there are many state and private industry programs now in play within Indonesia that are designed to increase the countries coffee farm yields, which must ultimately prove to be successful and especially so, as the farmers shall be further inspired by the support of a growing domestic consumption.

The new Vietnam crop is presently in full swing and with approximately 30% already harvested, but with these new crop coffees still to impact in significant volume within the mills and export houses in Ho Chi Minh City.  There is no doubt however that these coffees shall start to come into play by the end of the year and despite some reports that this new crop of mostly robusta coffees might be a little lower than the last crop, there are still forecasts in play, for another large new crop.

Overall for the present and with good steady rains in Brazil in play, larger new Colombian and Central American crops having started and still some questions over modestly negative figures from Asia, the markets are lacking strong supportive news to fuel the speculative bulls.   While with the majority of the consumer market industries relatively well stocked and mostly only looking to cover small volumes of fill in stocks, the physical coffee traded remains lacklustre in nature.   This scenario one would think with the large U.S.A. market due its annual thanksgiving holiday on Thursday 27th. November and with many to extend this into a long weekend, shall see the markets remain slow into the coming week.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 95.25 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 50% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 2,700 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,351,278 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 9,600 bags decline in the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 7,120 bags.

The commodity markets tended to shrug off their positive stance that came into play at the end of last week, to see the macro commodity index start to wane later in the day yesterday.   The Cocoa, London robusta Coffee, Orange Juice, Wheat and Platinum markets had a day of buoyancy and the New York arabica Coffee and Gold markets fell back to barely hold steady, while the Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, Copper, Wheat, Corn, Soybean and Silver markets had a softer day.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.44% lower; to see this Index registered at 483.44.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.569 to Sterling and 1.243 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 78.80 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day yesterday showing early buoyancy and with both markets building on their gains into the afternoon, albeit within and environment of thin trade.  The London market added and impressive $ 34.00 per Mt. or 1.64% in value and the New York market with buy stops being triggered an even more impressive 7.10 usc/Lb. or 3.72% in value, but with trade remaining thin the markets hit a ceiling and took a sideways positive track as the afternoon progressed.  The London market continued to end the day on a positive note and with 61.8% of the earlier in the day gains intact, but the New York market faltered and came under late in the day pressure and shed all its gains to end the day marginally below par.    This rather dismal close for the influential New York market does little to inspire confidence and one might expect to see a follow through steady to soft start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2097 + 21                                               DEC     189.65 + unch
JAN      2099 + 21                                              MAR     190.50 – 0.20
MAR     2100 + 20                                              MAY     192.90 – 0.20
MAY     2112 + 19                                               JUL     195.15 – 0.20
JUL      2121 + 18                                               SEP     196.95 – 0.15
SEP      2128 + 18                                               DEC    198.65 – 0.05
NOV     2129 + 18                                               MAR    199.30 – 0.20
JAN      2128 + 18                                               MAY    198.80 – 0.20
MAR     2134 + 18                                                JUL    198.10 – 0.25
MAY     2140 + 18                                                SEP    197.55 – 0.15

24th. November, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the washed arabica coffee New York market has seen the shorter term in nature Managed Money Fund sector of the market increase their net long position within this market by 3.39% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 18th. November;  to register a net long position of 36,324 Lots on the day.  Over the same period the longer term in nature and steadier Index Fund sector of this market increased their net long position within the market by 2.12%, to register a net long on the day of 44,536 Lots.

During this same week of trade the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market increased their net long position within the market by 9.12%, to register a net long of 30,560 lots on the day.   This net long position that is the equivalent of 8,663,625 bags has most likely been little changed to perhaps marginally lower over the period of mixed but overall marginally negative trade that has since followed and likewise, the net long position of the Managed Money Funds.

The National Export Centre in Nicaragua have reported that the countries coffee exports for the month of October were 59,021 bags or 148.39% higher than the same month last year, at a total of 98,796 bags.  They have at the same time forecasted that they can expect that with the new crop harvest already starting, that they can expect that this new crop shall be approximately 7% higher and therefore, to fuel increased export volumes for this new October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year.

The National Cocoa and Coffee Board of the Cameroun who work on a December to November robusta coffee year have reported that robusta coffee exports for the first eleven months of the present 2013 to 2014 coffee year were 64,500 bags or 26.37% higher than the same period in the previous coffee year, at a total of 309,050 bags.  Meanwhile with the countries smaller arabica coffee crop being reported on the basis of a more conventional October to September coffee year and following a 13.76% lower export performance of a modest 36,250 bags for the 2013 to 2014 coffee year, that the exports in October this year were 1,883 bags or 1,127.54% higher than the same month last year, at a total of 2,050 bags.  

Weather forecasts from Brazil indicate that the country’s main arabica coffee districts shall be in receipt of fair to good overall rains for this week, to assist to end off the month with more than sufficient rainfall to support the development of the new 2015 crop.    This does not however change the general perspective that due to the partial drought over many of the arabica coffee districts for the first two months of this year and followed by a two to three week delay to the start of the new spring and rain season in Brazil, that the next 2015 Brazil crop is likely to be relatively modest.    However the forecasts for this new crop remain mixed, with some having indicated next year’s crop to possibly be as low as 43 to 45 million bags, while others have forecasted that it might well exceed 50 million bags and with many private trade and industry players indicating that it is still too early to provide and accurate forecast for this next Brazil crop.

The coffee trade house Volcafe and E D & F Man have reported that they have reduced their forecast for the new Vietnam crop that they had previously assessed to be close to 30 million bags to a more modest figure of 27.4 million bags, while they have assessed the just completed new Brazil crop to have been 47 million bags.  These factors they foresee shall result in a global deficit coffee supply for the present October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year of approximately 10 million bags.   They do however note within the report that this deficit shall be countered by their assessment that there was an overall 11 million bags surplus in global coffee supply over the previous two coffee years, which shall counter this deficit.  Therefore one might comment that the face value market supportive nature of this report that came to the table on Friday and despite the possibility that while a smaller Vietnam crop of mostly robusta coffees might tighten up medium term robusta coffee supply, that the report indicates that there is unlikely to be any reason for concern until post the next and still questionable 2015 Brazil crop.  

The March to March 2015 arbitrage between the markets broadened on Friday to register this at 96.35 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 50.52% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 750 bags on Friday, to register these stocks at 2,348,578 bags.   There was meanwhile no change to the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 16,720 bags.

The commodity markets gained some degree of support on Friday from the news that China is lowering interest rates to assist to buoy their economic growth and likewise that the European Central Bank is planning to take steps to provide finance, so as to stimulate the presently flat Euro zone economy.   The Brent Oil, New York arabica Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Orange Juice, Wheat, Corn, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets showed buoyancy and the London robusta Coffee market was steady, while the U.S. Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar and Cocoa markets tended softer for the day.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.43% higher; to see this Index registered at 485.57.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar tending easier and trading at 1.567 to Sterling and 1.240 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is showing buoyancy in early trade and is selling at $ 79.85 per barrel.

The London market started the day on Friday on a softer track, while the New York market started with a degree of buoyancy, but to move back to join the London market below par in the afternoon’s trade.   The New York market did however attract support at the lows and recover to move back into positive territory as the afternoon progressed and with the London market finally following suit, to recover its losses of the day by the close.  The London market ended the day on a steady note, while the New York market retained its positive stance to end the day with 77.1% of the earlier gains of the day intact.   This overall positive close to the week and with a marginally softer U.S. dollar in play is likely to be supportive for a steady to buoyant start for early trade today against the prices set on Friday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV      2076 + 1                                                 DEC     189.65 + 1.95
JAN      2078 unch                                              MAR     190.70 + 1.85
MAR     2080 + 1                                                  MAY     193.10 + 1.90
MAY     2093 + 2                                                   JUL     195.35 + 1.95
JUL      2103 + 2                                                   SEP     197.10 + 2.00
SEP      2110 + 2                                                  DEC     198.70 + 2.05
NOV     2111 unch                                               MAR     199.50 + 2.05
JAN      2110 unch                                               MAY     199.00 + 2.10
MAR     2116 unch                                               JUL      198.35 + 2.15
MAY     2122 unch                                               SEP      197.70 + 2.15

21st November, 2014.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register 94.60 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 50.09% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.  This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 525 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,349,328 bags. The number of bags pending grading for the exchange registered was unchanged on the day, at a total of 16,720 bags pending grading for exchange. 

The commodity markets tended to steady yesterday, with the influential Oil markets halting their slide and tending to bring some buoyancy to the markets, ahead of the OPEC meetings set to take place next week. There was a round of lower than expected economic growth data from China however which weighed in on sentiment, while the US Dollar slipped back against other major currencies on the day.  It was a positive day for Oil, Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium markets, Corn, Soybean, Wheat, Sugar, Orange Juice were firmer.  It was however a softer day for Sugar, Cocoa, Coffee, Cotton and Copper.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.42% higher; to see this Index registered at 483.51.  The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.5682 to Sterling and 1.249 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and selling at US$ 76.97 per barrel.  

The London market started the day on a softer note and followed by a lower opening in New York, although London found some underlying support in very thin trade to see this market move into positive territory in the early part of the day.  The tone in New York was mildly negative with some underlying fixation activity propping up the floor, both markets moved in the afternoons trade with volumes relatively modest with an absence of sturdy speculative buying support the market quickly gapped lower to set a new floor for the afternoon trade which once touched attracted speculative buyer support back into the fray and a steady rise back to the middle of the days trading range.  The London Robusta market took some time to respond although finally succumbed to the lower sentiment on this much more muted market.  The latter half of the day however found New York once more lacking in impetus and fundamental news, with positive production reports dampening speculative sentiment and the earlier partial recovery in New York was once more met with speculative liquidation, to see this market end the day on the lows of the session.  The London robusta market managed a modest recovery from the lows in this market, close to the end of the session and an overall softer day for the markets yesterday, to set the close as follows:  

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb. 

NOV 2075 – 13 DEC 187.70 – 10.15
JAN 2078 – 13 MAR 188.85 – 10.25 
MAR 2079 – 13 MAY 191.20 – 10.25
MAY 2091 – 11 JUL 193.40 – 10.10 
JUL 2101 – 8 SEP 195.10 – 10.00
SEP 2108 – 8 DEC 196.65 –   9.95 
NOV 2111 – 8 MAR 197.45 –   9.85 
JAN 2110 – 7 MAY 196.90 –   9.75 
MAR 2116 – 7 JUL 196.20 –   9.50 
MAY 2122 – 7 SEP 195.55 –   9.45

20th. November, 2014.

The respected U.S. Department of Agriculture attaché have come forth with their revised forecast of the Brazil current crop which is now a couple of months past the harvest completed in September, revised and raised and their coffee production estimate for the seasonal year July 2014 to June 2015 at 51.20 million bags and an increase of 3% on that of their previous estimate.  The increase has been due to improved yields in areas of Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo and Espirito Santo. The forecast is for Arabica production at 34.20 million bags and Brazil Conilon robusta production steady at 17 million bags.  From this crop they assess that with the carry over past crop stocks in hand and the internal market due to absorb 20.1 million bags and the export market 33.53 million bags, that Brazil shall enter the next coffee year with carryover stocks of 6.98 million bags into July 2015. 

This report so long as there are no additional unforeseen climatic issues coming to the fore to affect the potential of the next biennially bearing lower 2015 crop, may be viewed as mildly positive to the longer term market.  There are meanwhile a variation and range of forecasts in play for the next crop to come, subsequent to the start of the delayed start to the rain season this year and while it is early days, if one is to go with a more conservative average 45 million bags, it would indicate coffee supply from Brazil for the twelve months July 2015 to June 2016 seasonal coffee year of 52 million bags. This would in terms of the internal and export market demand for Brazil coffees, with other privately held stocks that are not accounted for in these figures, indicate a fairly tight historically low 1 to 2 million bags carryover stock into the follow on biennially bearing larger 2016 crop, thus much attention to be drawn to the development of the 2015 new crop to come which is in flowering stage and currently being supported by widespread rains over the coffee growing belt in Brazil.   

The U.S. Department of Agriculture attaché have similarly issued their latest forecast for leading fine washed arabica coffee producer Colombia, which their latest estimate of the new crop October 2014 to September 2015 to be marginally up from their previous estimate, at an upwardly reviewed 12.34 million bags.  The aggressive replanting programs put into place with leaf rust resistant varieties and refurbished plantations supported by their national Federation of Colombian Coffee Growers has seen this largest individual fine washed arabica coffee exporter to consumer markets, register a successful recovery back to production levels achieved prior to the double disastrous El Nino and then La Nina affected coffee crops at the end of the last decade.

Some positive news for the coffee consumer markets in that the International Coffee Organization have put forward their forecast that global coffee demand is likely to climb 2.50% per year until the end of the decade.  This is seen to be driven by increased growth in developing markets and estimated to reach 175 million bags in 2020, from the current calendar year expectation of 149.45 million bags.  This would be encouraged by growth in consumption in markets such as China, Russia, South Korea, Indonesia and other similar producer countries who have growth potential of around 4% to 4.5% per annum, together with the developed coffee drinking consumer markets that are anticipated to follow through with 1% to 1.5% growth potential per annum.  

The arbitrage between the markets widened yesterday to register at 104.25 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 52.36% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.  This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 2,509 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,349,853 bags. The number of bags pending grading for the exchange registered a decrease of 3,155 bags to total of 16,720 bags pending grading for exchange on the day.

It was mostly positive day in the commodity markets yesterday, on the release and analysis of the latest round of Federal Reserve meeting minutes were seen to raise mild concerns over the longer term prospects of the recent positive outlook in the leading U.S.A. economy.  It was a softer day for Oil, Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium, a softer day for Corn, Soybeans, Wheat and Cotton, while a more positive day for Sugar, Cocoa, Coffee, Orange Juice and Copper.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.16% higher; to see this Index registered at 481.48.  The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.5644 to Sterling and 1.253 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and selling at US$ 76.87 per barrel. 

The markets opened on a buoyant note and in positive territory to seemingly set the tone for the day although thin trade in the morning, the morning maintained a positive stance and in New York, edged higher.  The markets took some heart from the positive news of longer term coffee consumption growth and in speculative trade, while the Brazil Real returned some of the gains made of late, to the US Dollar to serve to remove selling pressure on the day.  As the day progresses New York held on to gains to contribute toward the positive tone with fresh activity triggering stops along the way although selling returned at the days highs later in the session, to see this market close off of the high touched on the day.  The London robusta market followed suit but in another low volume session and producer pressure waiting overhead and set a celiing on the days gains toward the end of the session.  The markets finished the day following fairly good volume in New York and a relatively thin volume day in London in positive territory, to set the close yesterday as follows: 

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb. 

NOV 2088 + 20 DEC 197.85 + 6.75
JAN 2091 + 23 MAR 199.10 + 6.20
MAR 2092 + 19 MAY 201.45 + 6.15 
MAY 2102 + 17 JUL 203.50 + 6.00
JUL 2109 + 15 SEP 205.10 + 6.00
SEP 2116 + 14 DEC 206.60 + 6.00
NOV 2119 + 13 MAR 207.30 + 6.20
JAN 2117 + 17 MAY 206.65 + 6.35
MAR 2123 + 17 JUL 205.85 + 6.40
MAY 2129 + 17 SEP 205.05 + 6.45

19th. November, 2014.

The Green Coffee Association of the U.S.A. have announced that the countries port warehouse stocks decreased by 25,849 bags or 0.43% during the month of October, to register these stocks at 6,001,443 bags at the end of the month. These stocks include the U.S. Certified arabica stocks which on 31st October stood at a total of 641,198 bags stored within the U.S. warehouses of the exchange.  While the total stocks reported by the Green Coffee Association do not include the in transit bulk container coffees or onsite roaster inventories. 

With the new crop developing in Indonesia and weather conditions presently favourable for the coffee farmers, the latest report from by the US Department of Agriculture attaché in Indonesia, has seen a revision of earlier estimate for this current April 2014 to March 2015 crop year which was affected by unusually wet weather during crop development.  This reduction is within the Arabica sector of production which the attaché has revised down by 100,000 bags to an estimated total 1,45 million bags of arabica coffee, which together with the 7,350 million bags of robusta coffee, has their latest crop estimate for Indonesia at 8,8 million bag and of this total, green bean exports are put at 5,1 million bags with a further estimate of 1,8 million bags of soluble coffee exports for the current coffee year.  

While northern hemisphere consumer markets continue to post generally stable to if not slightly lower consumption figures, in response to factors such as overall tighter economic circumstances and the ever increasing popularity of single serve options as an alternative in lieu of the more traditional and less portion specific systems, there is some heart perhaps to be taken from the reports of continual growth in coffee development within the developing economies and non-traditional coffee drinking consumer markets. Indonesia has kept up the pace which according to the local roasters reports is growing at an average increase of 6 to 8 percent annually, and albeit coming off of a relatively low base, the roast and ground market is estimated to reach 2,150 million bags in this coffee year, with imports of green bean, and other value added coffee products contributing an estimated 985,000 bags of this total domestic consumption.

It is still early days for the new crop to come from Indonesia in the new year, with this new coffee crop year April 2015 to March 2016 thus far unaffected by extraordinary climatic factors and is anticipated to recover from this year’s dismal crop, to something in the order of 11 million bags and while there is no doubt going to be an increase in Indonesian coffee supply for the second half of next year, the volumes shall only become clear by the second quarter of next year. 

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register at 99.10 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 51.14% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.  This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 6,838 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,352,362 bags. The number of bags pending grading for the exchange registered an increase of 293 bags to total of 19,875 bags pending grading for exchange on the day 

It was a mixed day to mildly softer day in the commodity markets yesterday and a softer day on the Oil markets, while reactive measures on the news of Japan slide into economic recession were optimistically received and seen as likely to stimulate growth. There was some positive news to come from latest German economic data to improve sentiment on the day in the Eurozone, while the US Dollar slipped back against other major currencies. It was a positive day for Coffee, Cotton, Orange Juice and a steady day for Gold, Platinum and Silver and Palladium. It was however a generally softer day for the rest of the board with Sugar, Cocoa, Copper, Wheat, Corn and Soybean in negative territory.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.23% lower; to see this Index registered at 480.70.  The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.5614 to Sterling and 1.252 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and selling at US$ 77.70 per barrel. 

It was a softer opening for London yesterday, following on the lower performance from New York however the initial flurry abated and the market all but stagnated for a while, lacking directional guidance.  This finally came to the fore when New York started the day and both markets showed a degree of buoyancy in thin morning trade.  The latter day session picked up some momentum from continued rolling activity of the prompt month in New York which is first notice day today, resulting in a relative surge for this prompt month’s activity and value with added impetus from the Americas’ once their day opened and further volume brought to the floor. he Brazil Real meanwhile firming through the day against a softer US Dollar and contribute toward a lack of voluminous selling activity as the day progressed in New York.  It was a quiet session for London robusta but mildly positive in the afternoon with measured clips of activity, while New York continued on a positive track well into the afternoon in an overall more modest volume day, to set the close on a positive note in both markets yesterday, as follows: 

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb. 

NOV 2068 + 3 DEC 191.10 + 3.60
JAN 2068 + 3 MAR 192.90 + 1.10
MAR 2073 + 3 MAY 195.30 + 1.05 
MAY 2085 + 3 JUL 197.50 + 1.00 
JUL 2094 + 2 SEP 199.10 + 0.95
SEP 2102 + 2 DEC 200.60 + 0.95
NOV 2106 + 2 MAR 201.10 + 0.85
JAN 2100 + 2 MAY 200.30 + 0.85
MAR 2106 + 2 JUL 199.45 + 1.00
MAY 2112 + 2 SEP 198.60 + 0.95

18th. November, 2014.

The latest Commitment of Traders report from the London robusta coffee market has seen the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market decrease their net long position within this market by 567 Lots in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 11th. November;  to register a net long position of 25,488 Lots on the day.  This net long position that is the equivalent of 4,248,000 bags has most likely been reduced slightly over the period of mixed trade that has since followed.  

The Certified Robusta coffee stocks held against the London market posted an increase by 2.39% or the equivalent of 47,800 60 kg., bags over the two weeks of trade leading up to Monday 10th November;   to register these certified Robusta stocks at 2,048,500 bags on the day.

The Vietnam Customs Authority have reported that the countries coffee exports of mostly robusta coffees for the month of October were lower than traders forecasts for exports for the month of 1.67 million bags and are reported at 1.60 million bags, which is 1.6% lower than the previous months performance.  These exports contribute to the first month of the country’s cumulative exports for the October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year. While with the past coffee year exports registered a total of 27.78 million bags over the twelve month period to September 2014, a similar export performance is anticipated from a similar yielding crop this year, which has mostly experienced good growing conditions during crop development and leading up to the harvest which is currently underway. 

The news from India meanwhile, is the latest report by the US Department of Agriculture attaché in India, that the next crop to come is forecast to be overall marginally higher than the previous coffee year, which production was estimated at a total overall 5.07 million bags by the Coffee Board of India.  The estimate for this October 2014 to September 2015 crop in is forecast to come in at a total of 5.1 million bags of which robusta yield is anticipated to rise year on year and forecast at 3.7 million bags, whereas arabica is anticipated to register a slightly lower yield due to the biennial nature and lower bearing year, seen to be an estimated 1.4 million bags 

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register at 98.13 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 51.16% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.  This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 525 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,359,200 bags. The number of bags pending grading for the exchange registered an increase on the day by 3,920 bags to a total of 19.582 bags pending grading for exchange, yesterday.

It was a mixed day in the commodity markets yesterday, following the news that Japan had unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter and raising general uncertainty about the outlook for world economic recovery.  The US Dollar regained a some ground during the day against other major currencies.  It was a steady day but softer finish for Oil, as was Gold, Silver and Platinum softer on the day.  It was a similarly softer day for Cotton, Sugar, Coffee, Copper, Wheat, Corn, and a more positive day for the Cocoa, Orange Juice and Soybean and Palladium markets. The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.09% higher; to see this Index registered at 481.79.  The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.565 to Sterling and 1.247 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and selling at US$ 77.31 per barrel.

It was a similarly mixed day on the coffee markets yesterday which saw London treading mostly softer in early trade, followed by a lower start in New York.  The roll over in New York out of the prompt month ahead of First Notice Day tomorrow has provided some buoyancy and lifted the morning session back to positive territory, this was followed by a much slower and less enthusiastic London Robusta market which struggled back to positive ground. The early highs in New York attracted sellers back to the floor however and with volume limited, both markets slid back into negative territory and in a narrow range for much of the day, although a mild recovery posted in London in the afternoon met with sellers waiting above the market.  It was a choppy but range bound afternoon session in New York which continued in negative territory but with the assistance of buyer support setting the floor.  This activity failed to follow through to the end of the session however, with volume selling activity pushing into a void and a new low tested and triggered right at the end of the day toward the close. This was a trend which the much quieter London Robusta market managed to react to but in a more limited manner and just before the end of the day, to set the close yesterday in negative territory and marginally above the lows in both markets, as follows; 

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb. 

NOV 2065 – 9 DEC 187.50 – 4.50
JAN 2065 – 9 MAR 191.80 – 4.55
MAR 2070 – 7 MAY 194.25 – 4.55 
MAY 2082 – 6 JUL 196.50 – 4.50 
JUL 2092 – 6 SEP 198.15 – 4.35
SEP 2100 – 7 DEC 199.65 – 3.80
NOV 2104 – 7 MAR 200.25 – 3.55
JAN 2098 – 7 MAY 199.45 – 3.60
MAR 2104 – 7 JUL 198.45 – 3.50
MAY 2110 – 7 SEP 197.65 – 3.60

17th. November, 2014.

The latest Commitment of Traders report from the washed arabica coffee New York market has seen the shorter term in nature Managed Money Fund sector of the market decrease their net long position within this market by 1,327 lots in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 11th November, to register a net long position of 35,132 Lots on the day.  Over the same period the longer term in nature and steadier Index Fund sector of this market decreased their net long position within the market by 2,257 Lots to register a net long on the day at 41,652 Lots. 

During this same week of trade the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market decreased their net long position within this market nominally in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 11th November; to register this net long position at 28,007 Lots on the day. This net long position that is the equivalent of 7,939,985 bags has most likely been marginally decreased over the period of overall softer trade that has since followed.  

Subsequent to a delay to the start of the spring and summer rains needed to set the flowering for the next July 2015 to June 2016 crop to come from Brazil, the rains have arrived and would appear that a more regular weather pattern has established.  The local weather forecasters SOMAR have predicted widespread rain for the main coffee areas to intensify from mid this week through to the end of this month.  

The annual Sintercafe conference held in San Jose, Costa Rica, has come to an end, with the foremost topic to hit the newswires, the prospects for the next crop to come from Brazil.  This following on from the current drought affected lower coffee crop year. These discussions are accompanied by forecasts that are filtering to the market and the latest of these has come from the respected Brazilian coffee trade house Comexim.  They have come forth with their forecast that Brazil could produce between 44 million and 47 million bags in 2015. Of this total forecast, their estimate is for an arabica production to reach between 28 million to 31 million bags.  With the wide band of forecasts starting in July this year that have come in as low as 40 million bags, to as high as 53 million bags, this latest forecast is much in line with the median average of private industry and trade expectations from at least the beginning of September and an average forecast thus far at around 47 million bags, thus this latest news is not expected to have any influence upon the prevailing markets.  

The arbitrage between the markets widened on Friday to register at 102.27 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 52.09% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.  This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 525 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,365,463 bags. There was no change to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange, which stood at 15,662 bags on Friday. 

The commodity markets took a more positive turn on Friday, the weaker US Dollar provided some impetus as this currency slid back from recent gains during the course of the day, to provide an overall boost within the  US Dollar traded commodity markets which become more attractively priced in other major currencies as the US Dollar softens. It was a positive day for the Oil markets, Gold, Silver and Platinum, likewise a positive day for Cotton, Coffee, Copper, Orange Juice and Wheat. It was however a softer day for the Sugar, Cocoa, Corn, Soybean and Palladium markets.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.95% higher; to see this Index registered at 481.37.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar showing some steady and trading at 1.571 to Sterling and 1.253 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is mildly buoyant selling at $ 77.96 per barrel. 

It was a hefty volume day in the New York arabica market on Friday, with the overall improvement in the commodities macro contributing toward a buoyant session in New York in combination with technical trade on the day. This along with the approaching first notice day in the prompt month on 19th November assisted New York to set off on a more positive track during the course of the day, to finish near to the highs. The London market was placid in comparison and volume muted on the day, this market initially followed New York on a more positive track but with overhead selling weighing down on gains by midsession, it was a narrow range latter day in London to finish the day mildly negative and in the middle of the day’s trading range.  The markets therefore posted a close in mildly softer territory for London while the Brazil Real touched upon fresh lows against the US Dollar and is currently trading at 2.60 to the US Dollar.  The close in both markets on Friday after an active days trade in New York near to the high on the day and in London mildly negative after a muted session to set the close on Friday, as follows:  

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.

NOV 2074 – 1                 DEC 192.00 + 3.25
JAN 2074 – 1                 MAR 196.35 + 3.20
MAR 2077 – 1                 MAY 198.80 + 3.25 
MAY 2088 Unch                 JUL 201.00 + 3.25 
JUL 2098 Unch                 SEP 202.50 + 3.20
SEP 2107 – 1                        DEC 203.45 + 3.10
NOV 2111 – 1                 MAR 203.80 + 3.00
JAN 2105 + 1                 MAY 203.05 + 2.85
MAR 2111 + 1                 JUL 201.95 + 2.75
MAY 2117 + 4                 SEP 201.25 + 2.50

14th. November, 2014.
The Brazilian analyst Safras e Mercado has estimated that by the end of last week that 61% of the new crop Brazil coffee had been sold, which is significantly higher than the 49% factor at the same time last year.  However with 61% sales of what has been estimated by the analysts to have been a more modest 48.9 million bags crop of 29.75 million bags, the increase in volume by the end of last week is less significant than the percentages have indicated.

While it is early days and the rains are presently proving to be beneficial for the prospects of the next 2015 Brazil crop, the internal new crop forecasts remain modest and with figures that vary between 40 million to 48 million bags, there are some more positive numbers being voiced.  These figures are starting to indicate a new crop that might even match demand, but it is early days and for the present the general perspective is for a modest 4 million to 6 million bags deficit crop.   With the higher figures that are starting to come into play being largely ignored by the speculative sector of the markets, who remain long in their investment into coffee.

This positive stance on the part of the speculative sector of the coffee markets was quite apparent in yesterday’s trade, where the negative track of the past few days of trade was somewhat surprisingly halted.  The perspective being that the markets were somewhat oversold and with producer price fixation above the markets muted by slow consumer market buying interest, the markets were able to experience positive buoyancy for the second half of the days trade.

There has so far been no striking news coming forth from the Sintercafe conference in Costa Rica, which one might attribute to the old saying of no news is good news.   Thus one has to for the present remain with the view that the new Mexican and Central American crops that have already started to be harvested within the lower grown regions is on track to be a significantly larger overall crop.   This increased supply of fine washed arabica coffees for the present October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year to be accompanied by a slightly increased supply from Colombia to south, to guarantee good supply of the top end quality of coffees to the consumer markets for the foreseeable future.

It is likewise the case for the bottom end robusta sector of the markets, where a good new crop from Vietnam is on the cards and to be followed by larger new robusta coffee crops from India and Indonesia, while one would expect to see steady supply from Uganda and West Africa.   Thus the focus remains on the middle order natural arabica coffee production, with is dominated by the central and southern coffee districts of Brazil that shall remain in question until early in the New Year.   The further forecasts on this potential production figure to be a pivotal factor for the market early in the coming year.   

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 99.03 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 51.27% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 1.182 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,366,645 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 1,545 bags increase in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 15,662 bags.

The Mexicans and Central Americans continue to dominate these certified stocks with 1,357,246 bags or 57.35% of the stocks, with these being related to mostly aged coffees, while Peru accounts for 465,927 bags or 19.69% of the stocks.   This dominance is followed in terms of South and Central America by 140,349 bags or 5.93% made up by Colombian coffees and 4,887 bags of Brazil washed arabica coffees, with the region dwarfing the relatively modest 336,709 bags of African coffees and 61,527 bags of Indian coffees.  

The commodity markets remained largely lacklustre in trade yesterday, with the overall soft economic figures from most leading markets and the muscle of the U.S. dollar continuing to impact upon sentiment within the majority of the markets.   The Coffee, Cotton, Orange Juice and Corn markets nevertheless had a day of buoyancy and the Copper market was steady, while the Oil, Natural Gas, Cocoa, Sugar, Wheat, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets tended softer for the day.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.60% lower; to see this Index registered at 476.85.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar showing some buoyancy and trading at 1.566 to Sterling and 1.243 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer and is selling at $ 76.40 per barrel.

The London market started the day yesterday on a softer note, while the New York market kicked off with somewhat surprising buoyancy.   The muscle being shown within the New York market and with producer selling activity slow soon had its influence upon the London market, with both markets entering the afternoon on a positive track.  This positive stance contributed to a base for the New York market which attracted follow through support and triggered buy stops to add to the gains and with the London market following suit, to add to the overall positive nature of the day’s trade.    The London market continued to end the day on a positive note and with 87.2% of the gains of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a likewise positive note and with 76.5% of the gains of the day intact.   This positive close that presently lacks strong fundamental support and with many buy stops liquidated yesterday might well contribute to a cautiously steady to soft start for early trade today, against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV      2075 + 37                                              DEC     188.75 + 4.35
JAN      2075 + 34                                              MAR     193.15 + 4.40
MAR     2078 + 31                                              MAY     195.55 + 4.40
MAY     2088 + 29                                               JUL      197.75 + 4.35
JUL      2098 + 28                                               SEP      199.30 + 4.30
SEP      2108 + 28                                               DEC     200.35 + 4.15
NOV     2112 + 30                                               MAR     200.80 + 4.15
JAN      2104 + 30                                               MAY     200.20 + 4.25
MAR     2110 + 30                                                JUL     199.20 + 4.30
MAY     2113 + 30                                                SEP     198.75 + 4.25

13th. November, 2014.
We firstly apologise for the error in not adjusting the March 2015 New York price in yesterday’s report, which likewise misrepresented the arbitrage factor between the markets.

The latest Brazil weather forecasts indicate widespread scattered rainfall for most of the Brazil coffee areas for the rest of the month, but with no indication of particularly heavy rains for any of the main coffee districts.   It is however good news for the farmers, who can largely feel confident that their flowerings for the next 2015 crop shall set and that so far, this new crop is not threatened.    Likewise on the longer term, as for the present there are no indications that the rain season shall not continue to be normal into the New Year, to further sustain the potential of this new crop.

The big question on this next 2015 crop is its size, as presently there remain many forecasts in play that due to the irreversible damage caused by the partial drought in the first quarter of this year within the main central arabica coffee districts and followed by a late start to this new spring and summer rain season that saw some of the early flowerings aborted, that it shall be a low crop.   Some more dramatic forecasts have been talking as low as 40 million bags and many around 44 million to 45 million bags, while there are also many forecasts that indicate a potential for a crop of around 48 million bags.   Thus while there is seemingly no question that it shall not be a deficit crop, it is the question if the deficit shall be 4 million or as high as 12 million bags.

One can however expect that by January that there shall be some more accurate new crop forecasts forthcoming to the market and at a guess so long as the world weather conditions do not bring forth any further problems, that the markets shall be in receipt of forecasts that are at the higher end of the Brazil forecasts that are in play.   Forecasts that shall most likely be supportive for the markets to remain close to the present trading range, which are prices that many would consider in terms of rising costs of production, to be fair to the farmers, rather than significantly profitable.   

With the new crop in India starting there are many farmers who still dispute the official Coffee Board of India new crop forecast for a larger new crop of in excess of 5.74 million bags, made up from a 69.4% to 30.6% ratio of robusta and arabica coffees.  There is presently not much question over the official forecast for the size of the new robusta coffee crop at approximately 3.98 million bags, but many are questioning the forecast for the new arabica coffee crop that they say has suffered from hot weather early in the year and from high incidences of pests and disease and with farmers indicating that this new arabica coffee crop might be 43% lower than the forecasted 1.76 million bags.

The preliminary quarterly report from the prominent North American coffee roaster J. M. Smucker who are best known for their Folgers Coffee brand are a matter of some concern, with their report that year on year from November 2013 to October 2014 their coffee volumes have registered a relatively sharp dip.   This is a rather dramatic report and while one might relate the dip partially to loss in market share, it does indicate that perhaps overall coffee consumption in this second largest consumer market is flat to possibly even negative.   This follows indications of a similar dismal pattern within Europe which is the largest consumer market and lead by dismal figures from Germany, which are reports that would seemingly lessen the negative impact of reduced Brazil coffee supply upon world coffee supply and likewise, take some of the wind out of the sails of the bulls within the markets.  

The full and final detailed J. M. Smucker report is however only due out on the 19th. November and one would think that in terms of the rather dramatic early negative indications, that this report shall attract close scrutiny from the speculative sector of the market.  In the meantime though, the news does contribute towards reason to be cautious over the prospects for the short to medium terms market prospects

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 96.17 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 50.95% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 6,450 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,365,463 bags.   There was meanwhile a smaller in volume 4,222 bags decrease in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 14,117 bags.

The commodity markets once again had a softer day yesterday, with the macro commodity index coming under pressure from the muscle of the dollar and the generally bearish world economic news, to which lower than expected inflation figures from the United Kingdom in reaction to poor Euro zone growth has added to the negative impact.   The Sugar, London robusta Coffee, Wheat and Corn markets had a day of buoyancy, while the New York arabica Coffee market was flat and the Oil, Natural Gas, Cocoa, Cotton, Copper, Orange Juice, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had and easier day’s trade.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.29% lower; to see this Index registered at 479.74.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar showing some buoyancy and trading at 1.577 to Sterling and 1.244 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer and is selling at $ 79.50 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day yesterday on a steady to buoyant note and took a positive track into the afternoon, but as the afternoon progressed the New York market started to come under pressure and shed its gains to move into modest negative territory, with the London market heading back to par.   The markets did however recover and while the London market continued to end the day with modest buoyancy and with 55.6% of the gains of the day intact, the New York market once again shed its gains and ended the day on par.   This close does little to inspire and one might expect to see a steady to soft start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2038 + 7                                                 DEC     184.40 – 0.15
JAN      2041 + 10                                              MAR     188.75 unch
MAR     2047 + 9                                                MAY     191.15 – 0.05
MAY     2059 + 9                                                 JUL      193.40 unch
JUL      2070 + 10                                               SEP      195.00 unch
SEP      2080 + 10                                              DEC      196.20 + 0.05
NOV     2082 + 8                                                MAR      196.65 – 0.05
JAN      2074 + 9                                                MAY      195.95 – 0.10
MAR     2080 + 9                                                 JUL      194.90 – 0.10
MAY     2083 + 9                                                 SEP      194.50 unch

12th. November, 2014.
The new Vietnam harvest is well on its way and picking up steam, with estimates that approximately 15% of the new crop has already been harvested, with this harvest expected to start peaking early in December.   In terms of selling of the new crop there would appear to be little in the way of price resistance being shown by the farmers so far and therefore, one might expect to see good volumes of new crop coffee coming to the mills in Ho Chi Minh City over the coming weeks.

In terms of internal sales within Vietnam and with the Tet New Year holidays only due to take place between the 18th. to the 24th. February 2015, there remains a relatively long spell before the country closes down for the holidays, which have traditionally triggers increased selling activity on the part of the farmers prior to the holidays, as they bid to finance their most important celebrations of the year.   This is however with the reference prices of the London market remaining relatively steady and fair in value, unlikely to be a factor that shall encourage significant discounts to encourage sales and one might expect that the coming two months shall see slow and steady selling activity, rather than a flood of coffees coming to the market.

The annual Central American coffee festival Sintercafe in Costa Rica is due to start with the usual cocktail party later today and to carry on through to the field trips on Saturday, with both regional and international trade and industry players flooding into San Jose Costa Rica.   Fortunately while the reference prices of the New York market have lost some of their steam, they remain relatively fair and one might expect that the sentiment within the conference shall be cautiously positive, albeit that with larger new crops now starting for the region and including Colombia to the south, there is unlikely to expectations for a bumper year to come.

The rainfall issues in Brazil continue to headline the market news and with the prevailing daily reports of rain from within the main arabica coffee districts assisting to maintain a degree of complacency on the part of the consumer market industry buyers, who largely are taking a wait and see stance.   This sentiment having been further encouraged by the somewhat unexpected report from the traditionally conservative International Coffee Organisation who had lowered their earlier deficit world coffee supply of 4 million to 5 million bags, to a relatively modest 800,000 bags.    A factor in terms of the prevailing good levels of world coffee stocks, that has removed the fear of severely tightening world coffee supply on the medium term and further focuses speculation towards the next 2015 Brazil crop, which shall only start to impact during the second half of next year.

This scenario is contributing to lacklustre physical trade within the main consumer markets and especially so within the leading European markets that account for approximately 49% of consumer market consumption, where the cautious view towards the longer term market is also seeing spirits being dampened by the lack of consumption growth within these markets.   Some markets are in fact and including the leading German market, experiencing small declines in consumption and most likely being influenced by rapid the growth in market share of the parsimonious single serve coffee market, which is impacting throughout the developed coffee markets.  

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 93.58 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 50.39% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 1,777 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,371,913 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 2,560 bags decrease in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 18,339 bags.

The commodity markets had an overall better day yesterday, with the U.S. dollar hitting something of a ceiling, to assist to encourage some more interest within many markets.   The Cocoa, Sugar, Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Orange Juice, Corn, Soybean, Gold and Silver markets had a day of buoyancy, while the Oil, Natural Gas, Wheat and Platinum markets had a softer day’s trade.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.99% higher; to see this Index registered at 481.14.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar tending marginally softer and trading at 1.593 to Sterling and 1.249 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is near to steady in early trade and is selling at $ 81.10 per barrel.

The London market started the day yesterday tending softer and with the New York market having a steady to soft start to the day’s trade and with both markets taking a relatively erratic but steady track into the afternoon’s trade.  The London market did however come under pressure and head into negative territory, while the New York market remained on a steady track and seemingly inspired some degree of confidence that set the market for a more positive track for later in the day and ahead of today’s option expiry for this market.    This new found stability within the New York market seemingly assisted to buoy some degree of confidence within the London market which recovered later in the afternoon and continued to end the day on a modestly positive note and with 80% of the gains of the day intact, while the New York market continued to end the day on a positive note and with 53.5% of the earlier gains of the day intact.    This overall positive close one would think, shall be conducive to a cautiously steady start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV      2031 + 9                                                DEC     184.55 + 3.15
JAN      2031 + 8                                                 MAR    185.70 + 3.05
MAR     2038 + 9                                                 MAY    191.20 + 2.95
MAY     2050 + 9                                                  JUL     193.40 + 2.95
JUL      2060 + 7                                                  SEP     195.00 + 3.00
SEP      2070 + 6                                                 DEC     196.15 + 2.90
NOV     2074 + 9                                                 MAR     196.70 + 3.00
JAN      2065 + 11                                               MAY     196.05 + 3.00
MAR     2071 + 11                                                JUL     195.00 + 3.00
MAY     2074 + 11                                                SEP     194.50 + 2.95

11th. November, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the London robusta coffee market has seen the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market decrease their net long position within this market by 1.2% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 4th. November;  to register a net long position of 26,055 Lots on the day.  This net long position that is the equivalent of 4,342,500 bags has most likely been little changed over the period of mixed but overall flat trade that has since followed.  

The port warehouse coffee stocks held within the main European coffee ports of Antwerp, Bremen, Hamburg, Genova, Savona Vado, Le Havre and Trieste were seen to have increased by a modest 210,000 bags or 1.77% during the month of September, to register these stocks at 12,090,000 bags at the end of the month.  These stocks do not however include the bulk container and bag transit stocks within Europe and likewise the stocks held within roaster inventories and unofficial warehouses and with an overall east and west European consumption of approximately 1 million bags per week, one would think that one could safely add close to 2.5 million bags to these stocks.

Thus one could conservatively estimate overall European coffee stocks are close to 14.5 weeks of consumption requirements as at the end of September, which one would presume to be a relatively safe stock level ahead of the surge of new crop coffee supply that is due from Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Vietnam and India.   This stock factor that is mirrored by relatively good and safe stock levels in North America, is a factor that with Brazil weather concerns aside, is tending to dampen industry demand and speculative sentiment within the markets for the present.

The post weekend rainfall reports from the main south and central Brazil arabica coffee districts have indicated widespread but often modest rains were received, but with scattered showers due in the coming days.  The rainfall that has most certainly triggered widespread flowerings over the past couple of weeks is however often not soaking and while there are more rains forecasted during this month of November, many forecasts still see these to be potentially 15% to as much as 30% below normal.   There are nevertheless rains and while a below par rainfall month might not assist to rapidly build up ground water retention levels for the future within many districts, they are sufficient to set the flowerings and to assist towards the progress of the development of the new crop for next year.

The question remains not so much over the present months rains that are seemingly no longer a matter of concern, but what shall be forthcoming for the coming months and in this respect the longer range weather forecasts are presently indicating no reason for concern, albeit that the experience of the unexpected partial drought that was experienced early this year, will contribute towards a cautious view towards the medium terms Brazil weather prospects.   Thus one might think that while the rains late last month and during this month so far have contributed to dampen some speculative spirits, that they shall not for the rest of the year become a strong negative factor for the market that Brazil rainfall aside, is fundamentally in terms of larger new crops due from all but Brazil, tending to lose some of its bullish lustre.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed on yesterday to register this at 93.94 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 50.59% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 275 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,370,136 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 11,774 bags increase in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 20,899 bags.

The commodity markets have started the week mixed but mostly on the back foot, with poor economic figures from Europe and flat economic figures from Asia dampening many spirits.  Meanwhile the prevailing muscle of the U.S. dollar is a factor, that further contributes to a softer stance within many markets.  The Sugar, Cocoa, London robusta Coffee, Cotton, Wheat, Corn and Soybean markets did however show some buoyancy, while the Oil, Natural Gas, New York arabica Coffee, Copper, Orange Juice, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had a flat to softer day.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.73% lower; to see this Index registered at 476.41.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar showing some degree of buoyancy and trading at 1.584 to Sterling and 1.242 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 81.65 per barrel.

The London market and New York markets started the day yesterday on a steady to buoyant note and with further gains coming forth into the afternoon’s trade, but with the New York market attracting a short bout of negative pressure, prior to returning to join the London market in positive territory.    The New York market did however not manage to sustain its positive stance and once again came under pressure and head back into negative territory later in the day and with the London market following suit, to shed some of its gains.  The London market continued to end the day on a modestly positive note but with only 23.5% of the earlier gains of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a modestly negative note and with 77.8% of the earlier losses of the day intact.   This rather dismal close following the earlier in the day’s buoyancy for both markets does little to inspire and one might expect to see a steady to soft start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2022 + 4                                                 DEC     181.40 – 1.00
JAN      2023 + 4                                                MAR     185.70 – 1.05
MAR     2029 + 4                                                MAY     188.25 – 1.00
MAY     2041 + 2                                                 JUL      190.45 – 0.95
JUL      2053 + 3                                                 SEP      192.00 – 0.90
SEP      2064 + 3                                                 DEC     193.25 – 0.65
NOV     2065 + 3                                                 MAR     193.70 – 0.65
JAN      2054 + 3                                                 MAY     193.05 – 0.70
MAR     2060 + 3                                                  JUL     192.00 – 0.80
MAY     2063 + 3                                                  SEP     191.55 – 0.85

10th. November, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the washed arabica coffee New York market has seen the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market decrease their net long position within this market by 10.72% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 4th. November;  to register a net long position of 28,231 Lots on the day.  This net long position that is the equivalent of 8,003,363 bags has most likely been further decreased over the period of overall softer trade that has since followed.  Albeit that in terms of the thin volumes of trade that prevailed, that any decrease is most probably marginal.

The final detailed October coffee exports report from Brazil have been forthcoming with the countries official Coffee Exporters Association Cecafe reporting that the countries green coffee exports for the month were 136,888 bags or 4.72% higher than the same month in the previous year, at a total of 3,035,893 bags.    This increase was however related to the increase in exports of conilon robusta coffees for the month which were 178.67% higher at 275,893 bags, as the arabica coffee exports for the month were in fact marginally 1.43% lower for the month, at 2.76 million bags.

Once one applies the value added Brazil soluble coffee exports for the month of October and calculated in terms of their green coffee equivalent, the overall coffee exports for the month were only a modest 33,484 bags or 1.04% higher than the same month last year, at a total of 3,259,491 bags.  However with the much improved value of the related international market prices the value of Brazil’s coffee exports for the month of October were a very significant 187.6 million U.S. dollars or 38.66% higher than the same month in the previous year, at a total of 672.9 million U.S. dollars.  

The International Coffee Organisation have further confirmed during an interview in Addis Ababa that with the deficit new crop in Brazil this year and despite the improved production performances due from Central America and Colombia, that world coffee supply shall remain in deficit for the present October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year.   They do however concede that in terms of the carry over world coffee stocks that the deficit shall not prove to be a problem and that for the foreseeable future that world coffee supply remains sufficient to satisfy demand, but remain concerned over the prospects for next year’s Brazil arabica coffee crop that shall impact upon the follow on 2015 to 2016 coffee year supply.

With the evidence of much improved rains now coming into play in Brazil and their potential impact upon an improved prospects for the next 2015 Brazil arabica coffee crop albeit that no one expects it to be a large new crop, there is evidence of lessening in the earlier price resistance that has been seen on the part of many farmers within the Central American producers.   This region is already starting to bring in new crop coffees from the lower grown districts and with farmers knowing that they shall have to compete on the longer terms with the steady and free flow of new crop Colombian fine washed arabica coffees, there are many who are now looking to sell against the prevailing and still relatively fair value that is being offered by the reference prices of the New York market.   Fearing that so long as the rains in Brazil continue, that the upside potential for this market on the short term is most likely limited.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed on Friday to register this at 95.24 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 51.00% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 1,480 bags on Friday, to register these stocks at 2,370,411 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 4,159 bags decrease in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 9,125 bags.

The commodity markets were mixed on Friday and with the dollar more of an influence within most markets, than the general world economic forecasts.   The Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, London robusta Coffee, Copper, Orange Juice, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets showed buoyancy and the Cocoa market was steady, while the New York arabica Coffee, Cotton, Wheat and Corn markets had a softer day’s trade.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.57% higher; to see this Index registered at 479.90.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar tending softer and trading at 1.590 to Sterling and 1.248 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is showing some degree of buoyancy in early trade and is selling at $ 83.20 per barrel.

The London market and New York markets started the day on Friday showing little excitement, but tending to soften in thin trade.   Both markets did however stabilise and show a positive stance in early afternoon’s trade but with the New York market starting to falter as the afternoon progressed, to head back onto a negative track for the rest of the day.   The London market continued to end the day on a modestly positive note and with 63.2% of the gains of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a softer note and with 86.2% of the earlier losses of the day intact.   This rather mixed close does little in terms of indication of direction, but one might nevertheless expect to see with the dollar having halted its rise to see a cautiously steady start for early trade today against the prices set on Friday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV      2018 + 12                                              DEC     182.40 – 1.35
JAN      2019 + 12                                              MAR     186.75 – 1.25
MAR     2025 + 13                                              MAY     189.25 – 1.20
MAY     2039 + 14                                               JUL     191.40 – 1.20
JUL      2050 + 13                                               SEP     192.90 – 1.25
SEP      2061 + 14                                               DEC    193.90 – 1.40
NOV     2062 + 14                                               MAR    194.35 – 1.30
JAN      2051 + 14                                              MAY     193.75 – 1.20
MAR     2057 + 14                                               JUL     192.80 – 1.25
MAY     2060 + 14                                               SEP     192.40 – 1.15

7th. November, 2014.
The recent fair rains over most of the main arabica coffee districts in Brazil have resulted in good flowerings being reported from many districts, with perhaps the stress of the late start to this year’s rain season being a favourable factor for the quality of the flowering.  It is however noted that it is early days and so far not all districts have experienced good rains and the quality of flowering is still somewhat erratic, but with still some days of rains forecasted for south and central Brazil, there is time for many districts to catch up.  The big question remaining however, as to how much damage might have been caused to the ability of the trees to produce a good crop for the coming year and with many having experienced only modest extension growth due to the negative effects of hot and dry weather earlier in the year, this still indicates a relatively modest new arabica coffee crop for 2015.

Meanwhile the U.S.A. based global weather forecaster The Climate Protection Agency has reduced its chances of a new El Nino phenomenon developing within the Pacific Ocean to 58%, while noting that even if it does develop, it would be a modest one.   Thus the El Nino factor which would in fact be favourable for Brazil in terms of its influence upon higher rainfall for the country remains a side-lined factor for market sentiment and for the present has no real influence upon the markets.

The weaker nature of the related New York market upon dollar prices for Brazil arabica coffees has not had much effect upon internal market selling activity within Brazil, as the weakening nature of the Brazil real that is now trading at close to 2.57 to the U.S. dollar has tended to maintain relatively good internal market price levels for the farmers.  Thus while there is some degree of price resistance being shown it has not sufficient to slow the steady supply of coffees to the Brazilian exporters and for the present, Brazil remains an active exporter of both past and new crop arabica coffees.

While one might still question if the farmers really believed in a new arabica coffee crop for 2015 that would be in line with some of the internal market forecasts for around only 25 million to 27 million bags, why they remain such ready sellers of their past and new crop coffee stocks.  Surely if they believed in such modest figures and therefore knowing that they have two years of tight supply into which they shall be selling their stocks, they would be showing more price resistance and holding back for better value relative to the international market prices.    Thus making one rather go with the many private trade and industry forecasts that still talk of a Brazil arabica coffee crop of closer to 30 million to 31 million bags for 2015 for the present, rather than with some of the lower figures that are being voiced.

Meanwhile in terms of coffee demand within the main consumer markets the market share of the parsimonious low volume single portion capsule coffee alternatives continues to show rabid growth and with many of the European countries and likewise North America, reporting growth of market share that varies between 15% and 30% per annum.    This growth with the capsule market offering cups of coffee that require only 60% of the coffee relative to the traditional filter machine usage per cup and perhaps only 50% of the coffee if one is to consider the wastage of surplus coffee that is traditional with filter machines, there would appear to be only limited consumption growth potential for the developed markets.  Leaving consumption growth very much in the hands of the lower volume developing markets and reducing the negative effects of the coming year of deficit supply upon he markets and likewise the price supportive influences of this deficit, but there are still with a modest 2015 Brazil crop on the cards, potentially nineteen months of deficit supply to the fore.   Thus while the markets are presently taking a softer track, one might still think that the downside potential for the markets does have some reason to be limited.     

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 96.96 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 51.57% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 2,710 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,368,931 bags.   There was meanwhile a smaller in volume 1,435 bags increase in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 13,284 bags.

The commodity markets generally remain with dampened spirits as despite evidence of continued growth for the U.S.A., the firmer dollar and poor economic forecasts from Europe provide little inspiration and likewise, somewhat flat figures coming out of many Asian markets.  The Natural Gas, Cocoa, Cotton, Copper, Corn, and Soybean markets showed some degree of buoyancy, while the Oil, Sugar, Coffee, Orange Juice, Wheat, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets tended softer for the day.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.07% higher; to see this Index registered at 477.19.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar showing early buoyancy and trading at 1.583 to Sterling and 1.238 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 82.25 per barrel.

The London market and New York markets started the day yesterday on a softer note and in thin trade and carried on to maintain a soft track into the early afternoon, where there was a brief positive correction back to par.    This correction was however short lived and both markets once again came under negative pressure and returned to negative territory and a downside track for the rest of the day’s generally thin and lacklustre trade.  The London market continued to end the day on a soft note and with 95% of the earlier losses of the day intact, while the New York market likewise continued to end the day on a soft note and with 83.6% of the earlier losses of the day intact.   This uninspired close and the accompanying firmer nature of the U.S. dollar provides little support for sentiment and one might expect to see another steady to soft start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2006 – 20                                                DEC     183.75 – 2.50
JAN      2007 – 19                                               MAR     188.00 – 2.55
MAR     2012 – 16                                               MAY     190.45 – 2.55
MAY     2025 – 14                                                JUL      192.60 – 2.55
JUL      2037 – 13                                                SEP      195.15 – 2.40
SEP      2047 – 13                                                DEC     195.30 – 2.35
NOV     2048 – 13                                                MAR     195.65 – 2.15
JAN      2037 – 12                                                MAY     194.95 – 2.05
MAR     2043 – 12                                                 JUL     194.05 – 2.10
MAY     2046 – 12                                                 SEP     193.55 – 2.15

6th. November, 2014.
Following the October export reports from Costa Rica and Guatemala the Coffee Exporters Association of Honduras have reported that the country’s coffee exports for the month of October were 23,182 bags or 48.71% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 24,413 bags.  This relatively modest performance is however only related to the country having with little in the way of carryover stocks as they are forecasting a new crop that is now starting to be harvested within the lower grown districts that shall be 20% or 900,000 bags larger than the past crop, to total something in the region of 5.4 million bags.

The Coffee Growers Federation has reported that the country’s coffee production for the month of October was 43,000 bags or 4.06% higher than the same month last year, at a total of 1,101,000 bags.    This assisted to fuel coffee exports for the month to be 83,000 bags or 9.4% higher than the same month last year, to total 966,000 bags.  This is a not unexpected positive start to the new October 2014 to September 2015 coffee, following the previous coffee year’s recovery that saw the country produce a 22.18% higher crop of 12,128,400 bags during the previous coffee year and with forecasts that the present coffee year might prove to top 12.5 million bags.

With the lower grown new crop coffees coming into maturity within Central America in general, the weather conditions have been mostly near perfect and aside from the much improved performance expected from Honduras, the new crops from El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica are likewise expected to be improved this year.   This to see the Central Americans and including Panama and Dominican Republic due for an approximate 1.65 million bags or 13.52% overall larger new crop of around 13.85 million bags for this new October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year, which shall be added to a still under question near to steady new crop of around 4.3 million bags from Mexico, in terms of regional mostly fine washed arabica coffee production.

The issue of Brazil weather remained the dominant factor in the markets yesterday and with the well-respected meteorologist Somar having followed on his earlier forecast for a new cold front advancing into Southern Brazil, which shall bring widespread rains to the main southern and central and mainly arabica coffee districts, with Indication that these rains shall continue through to the middle of next week.   These rains to assist to build up ground water retention levels within the main arabica coffee districts of Brazil, which should assist to set a more positive future for the setting of the new crop flowerings within these districts, albeit that there is now doubt that it shall for next year, be a relatively modest marginally deficit crop.

This aside however and despite the steady nature of new crops in Vietnam and larger new crops due from India and Indonesia, the world coffee supply for the October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year is still looking to be at only around 144 million bags.   This in terms of world coffee demand of in excess of 150 million bags, shall see the world stocks being depleted for the coffee year and while world coffee stocks are presently relatively substantial, still makes the size of the next 2013 Brazil crop a rather critical factor, in terms of the longer term world coffee supply for the follow on 2015 to 2016 coffee year and shall presumably, maintain some degree of buoyancy for the markets for the coming year.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 98.65 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 51.77% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 3,375 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,371,641 bags.   There was meanwhile a smaller in volume 2,475 bags decrease in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 11,849 bags.

The commodity markets were somewhat steadier yesterday, but with the U.S. dollar retaining its muscle and once again showing a degree of buoyancy the recovery noted within selected markets was generally modest in nature.  The Oil, Natural Gas, Orange Juice, Corn and Soybean markets showed buoyancy, while the Cocoa, Sugar, Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Wheat, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets tended softer for the day.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.46% lower; to see this Index registered at 476.87.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.599 to Sterling and 1.253 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is likewise steady in early trade and is selling at $ 82.95 per barrel.

The London market and New York markets started the day yesterday on a near to steady note, but coming under pressure in thin trade to take a modestly negative track into the afternoon’s trade.   There was however some degree of support for both markets at the lows and while the overall track was erratically negative and the markets did briefly move back into positive territory, the losses were mostly modest and with the markets having a day of mostly thin and lacklustre trade.   The London market continued to end the day on a softer note and with 82.4% of the losses of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a likewise softer note and with 45.9% of the losses of the day intact.    This overall softer close does little to inspire confidence and with likewise little in the way of fundamentally supportive news within the markets at present to buoy speculative sentiment, one might expect to see the day start on steady to perhaps marginally softer note for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2026 – 13                                                DEC     186.25 – 1.95
JAN      2026 – 14                                               MAR     190.55 – 1.95
MAR     2028 – 13                                               MAY     193.00 – 1.90
MAY     2039 – 13                                                JUL      195.15 – 1.95
JUL      2050 – 14                                                SEP      196.55 – 1.85
SEP      2060 – 14                                                DEC      197.65 – 1.80
NOV     2061 – 14                                                MAR      197.80 – 1.75
JAN      2049 – 14                                                MAY      197.00 – 1.70
MAR     2055 – 14                                                 JUL      196.15 – 1.60
MAY     2058 – 9                                                   SEP      195.70 – 1.75

5th. November, 2014.
Mexico has been unforthcoming over the past few months in terms of their production and export figures, unlike their neighbours in Central America who are traditionally very specific in their monthly export figures and overall crop reports.   The International Coffee Organisation has however and presumably on the basis of official figures presented to them, reported that the country’s coffee exports for the just completed October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year were approximately 27% lower than the previous coffee year, at a total of only 2.44 million bags.

What is however uncertain with many private trade and industry estimates having put the last Mexican October 2013 to March 2014 harvest in excess of 4 million bags, what effect the growing domestic coffee market might be having on the country’s export potential.  Albeit in terms of the countries robust soluble coffee industry, there is the question as to how much of this industries production and sales are related to imported coffees.

In the meantime the National Coffee Association of Mexico have voiced concerns that due to unfavourable weather conditions over the past year and a resulting relatively modest flowering and the with the added problems of Roya or Leaf Rust that are still an issue in many districts, that the country cannot expect the new crop to show any improvement over the past crop.    This report is contrary to some of the private industry forecasts that have expectations of a modest 4.8% larger new crop of around 4.3 million bags, but only time shall tell.

The issue of Brazil weather is however still the dominant factor in the market and tended to supress the speculative spirits in early trade yesterday, with the well-respected meteorologist Somar having forecasted a new cold front advancing into Southern Brazil, which shall bring widespread rains to the main southern and central and mainly arabica coffee districts.    This news does not however detract from the many reports of the late start to the Brazil rain season having been negative to the prospects for the early flowerings that came with some rain showers in September, where a relatively dry October has caused a good percentage to abort.  Therefore for the present and despite the now more normal rains in play, one cannot foresee a new 2015 crop that shall exceed 50 million bags and therefore a modest 4 million to 5 million deficit crop and with many still forecasting a dramatically lower figure.    

In terms of Vietnam where the new crop harvest has been interrupted over the past few weeks by rain showers, it is now mostly dry and the new crop is in full swing and is a crop that most within the private trade and industry sector are forecasting to be another big crop.   Thus with the new crop harvest now starting to build up in volume and due to start peaking in four to five weeks’ time, there is little concern over short to medium term robusta coffee supply and on the longer term with larger new robusta crops due to come into play from India and Indonesia, the prospects for steady robusta coffee supply are looking fairly secure for the coming year.   This shall one would presume, assist to maintain the good discounts that prevail for robusta coffees relative to the arabica coffees, for the foreseeable future.   

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 99.97 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 51.93% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 117 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,368,266 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 6,245 bags decrease in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 14,324 bags.

The commodity markets were once again somewhat on a back foot yesterday, with the negative aspect of forecasted lower than expected overall European economic growth having an impact upon sentiment.  The U.S. dollar was however somewhat shaky for the day, but was not sufficient a factor to provide much in the way of support for the majority of the markets.   The Natural Gas, New York arabica Coffee and Cocoa markets showed buoyancy and the Gold market was steady, while the Oil, London robusta Coffee, Sugar, Cotton, Copper, Orange Juice, Wheat, Corn, Soybean, Silver and Platinum markets had a softer day’s trade.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.93% lower; to see this Index registered at 479.06.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar tending marginally softer and trading at 1.601 to Sterling and 1.255 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 82.40 per barrel.

The London market started the day yesterday on a brief steady note and followed by a softer start for the New York market, with the London market soon heading south and joining the New York market in negative territory and with the markets building up on their losses into the afternoon’s trade.   The New York market did however finally attract underlying support as the afternoon progressed and recovered its losses with buy stops being triggered to take the market back into positive territory, which had some influence upon the London market that recovered partially from its earlier lows.   The London market continued to end the day of a softer note and with 56.9% of the earlier losses of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a positive note and with 66.2% of the gains of the day intact.    This mixed close provides little in the way of direction, but one might think that the unforeseen muscle shown in the New York market might be supportive for some buoyancy for the London market and a steady start for the New York market for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2039 – 34                                                DEC     188.20 + 2.35
JAN      2040 – 33                                               MAR     192.50 + 2.35
MAR     2041 – 27                                               MAY     194.90 + 2.30
MAY     2052 – 24                                                JUL      197.10 + 2.45
JUL      2064 – 24                                                SEP      198.40 + 2.65
SEP      2074 – 23                                                DEC     199.45 + 2.95
NOV     2075 – 22                                                MAR     199.55 + 3.10
JAN      2063 – 21                                                MAY     198.70 + 2.90
MAR     2069 – 21                                                 JUL     197.75 + 2.75
MAY     2067 – 16                                                 SEP     197.45 + 2.65

4th November, 2014.

The latest Commitment of Traders report from the London robusta coffee market has seen the Non Commercial speculative sector of this market decrease their net long position within this market by 1,787 Lots during the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 28th October; to register a net long position of 26,372 Lots on the day.  This net long which is the equivalent of 4,395,333 bags has most likely been reduced during the period of mixed trade, which has since followed.

The end of the month has past and the usual round of monthly export figures are now coming to the markets.  he National Coffee Institute of Costa Rica have reported that the countries coffee exports for the first month of the new October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year were 10.50% less than that of the same month last year, at a total of 28,615 bags. The organisation has, since an August survey found that there has been a marked improvement in the treatment and prevention of roya in the fields where the presence of roya on the surveyed farms was noted to be around 2% severely affected by the fungus, and a decline on that of 16% in November 2012.  Having experienced conducive weather for coffee development through the year, Costa Rica are subsequently looking to increase their production on that of 2013 to 2014 coffee season of 1.25 million bags, to a target forecast of 1.51 million bags and exports to reach a total 1.28 million bags, or 3% above that of the previous coffee year. 

The National Coffee Organisation of Guatemala has reported that the country’s coffee exports for the month of October were 32% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 45,072 bags. Whereas this second largest producer in the Central America washed arabica producer bloc is forecast to post a recovery in this coffee year to upward of 3.20 million bags in exports from the new crop harvest which has begun in the lower lying areas in Guatemala and an increase on that of exports from the coffee year just completed at a total of 3,132,243 bags.

The preliminary coffee export figures from Brazil have seen the countries coffee exports for the month of October at 5.82% higher than that of the same month last year, at a total of 3,094,300 bags. This surge in exports assisted by the improved value attained from the New York arabica markets and assisted by the weaker Brazil Real against the US Dollar to provide impetus to these exports that are dominated by the natural arabica coffees from past crop stocks and new crop coffees.  These exports will continue to buoy consumer market stocks of Brazil coffees ahead of the higher volume winter roasting season within the main northern hemisphere consumer markets.

While it is early in the month, the trade in Vietnam are talking of coffee exports of mostly robusta coffees for the month of October to potentially reach between 2 to 2.5 million bags, which if it comes about will be an increase of around 14% on that of last month. These exports will be related to the carryover stocks from the past crop, as well as a degree of new crop coffees which have since begun harvest but not yet close to peak, whereas the recent surge in the London reference price would have assisted new business to be concluded.  The circumstances within the interior have however subsequently tightened, as the decline in London has similarly removed internal interest for sales against the discounted reference prices while producers are generally well financed and focused on the new harvest underway, there is presently little pressure for these producers to actively pursue the lower market. 

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed on Friday to register a difference at 91.82 usc/Lb., while this equates to an attractive 49.41% price discount for the London robusta coffee market. This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assists to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices. 

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange posted a decrease of 5,511 bags yesterday, to register these certified stocks at 2,368,149 bags.  There was a decrease of 4,350 bags in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 20,569 bags.

The commodity markets had an overall mixed day yesterday, the US Dollar continued to gain strength during the day, while leading in influence Oil markets had another lower day.  It was a similarly softer day for Gold, while the markets appear to be reading the possibility of an interest rate hike to be announced by the US Federal Reserve Bank at some point in the near future.  It was a softer close for the Oil markets, Gold, Silver, Sugar, Cocoa, Orange Juice, Corn, Coffee and Soybean and a positive close for Wheat, Cotton, Platinum and Palladium on the day. The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 0.11% higher to see this Index registered at 483.53. The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.599 to Sterling and 1.252 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is lower on opening, selling at $ 83.93 per barrel.

The coffee markets started the day yesterday on a buoyant note and in positive territory, with technical support setting the tone for the morning session in both markets. The volume in London remained thin throughout following in line with the more volatile New York arabica market which lead the way and this latter market with some gains posted in the morning, met with a steady increase of sellers waiting on the side-lines, as so too did the external pressure of a firmer US Dollar, weigh in on this market.  The day progressed with the latest news of wet weather in Brazil and Brazil Real softer touching 2.50 to the US Dollar on the day. The afternoon turned lower as the session progressed to see New York loose the gains on the day and move into negative territory, with London managing to remain in positive territory but off the days hish, to close in the middle of the day’s range, and a close near to the low in New York to set the close yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb

NOV 2073 + 25 DEC 185.85 – 2.15
JAN 2073 + 25 MAR 190.15 – 2.15
MAR 2068 + 15 MAY 192.60 – 2.20
MAY 2076 + 11 JUL 194.65 – 2.35
JUL 2088 +   9 SEP 195.75 – 2.55
SEP 2097 +   7 DEC 196.50 – 2.70
NOV 2097 +   5 MAR 196.45 – 2.65
JAN 2084 +   5 MAY 195.80 – 2.60
MAR 2090 +   2 JUL 195.00 – 2.55 
MAY 2083 +   2 SEP 194.80 – 2.50

3rd November, 2014.

The latest Commitment of Traders report from the washed arabica coffee New York market has seen the shorter term in nature Managed Money Fund sector of the market decrease their net long position within this market by 11.66% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 28th October;  to register a net long position of 39,867 Lots on the day. 

During this same week of trade the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market decreased their net long position within the market by 14.79% to register a net long of 31,620 lots on the day.  This net long position is the equivalent of  8,964,270 bags has most likely decreased slightly over the period of overall more negative trade that has since followed and likewise, the net long position of the Managed Money Funds.

Government export statistics from Sumatra the main coffee producing island of Indonesia have reported that the islands robusta coffee exports in October were 371,483 bags or 50% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 366,219 bags.  This modest total follows the relatively modest robusta coffee export total for the preceding October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year and is to be anticipated as a result of the weather related overall lower production and export performance from Indonesia. The lower output from the current harvest, along with an increased domestic consumption in Indonesia is impacting upon coffee stocks available for export, while the weather in relation to the new developing crop has thus far been conducive ahead of the harvest of their new mainly robusta crop to come next year. The tighter robusta coffee supply from Indonesia meanwhile is of no real concern for the consumer market coffee buyers however, as these markets continue to look to steady medium to long term supply from Vietnam. 

The Certified Robusta coffee stocks held against the London market were seen to increase by 7,833 bags over the two weeks of trade leading up to Monday 27th. October;   to register these stocks at 2,006,999 bags on the day. 

The arbitrage between the markets widened on Friday to register a difference of 99.40 usc/Lb., while this equates to an attractive 51.69% price discount for the London robusta coffee market. This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assists to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.  

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange posted a decrease of 7,162 bags yesterday, to register these certified stocks at 2,373,660 bags.  There was meanwhile, an increase of 1,904 bags in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 24,919 bags.  

The commodity markets had an overall mixed day on Friday, which took a surprise turn on the news of the Bank of Japans announcements of acceleration of the massive economic stimulus program. This news added considerable muscle to the US Dollar against the Yen which latter continued to slide during the day.  It was a softer day for Brent and Light Crude, Copper, Wheat, Sugar, Cocoa, Coffee, Cotton and Orange Juice markets, another softer day for Gold, Silver and Platinum and a mildly positive day for Coffee, Corn, Soybean and Palladium markets.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 0.34% lower to see this Index registered at 482.99. The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.597 to Sterling and 1.249 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady and is selling at $ 85.02 per barrel. 

The coffee markets started the day on Friday in negative territory, with the weather reports from local and international weather forecasters pointing to a week of good rain dispersion in the coffee growing areas in Brazil, and a volatile Brazil Real losing value against the firming US Dollar on the day. The outright volumes were muted with another restrained day in London for the duration of the day in that market.  The afternoon turned buoyant in both markets with some speculative cover taken ahead of the weekend and the month end. This brought in a degree of cautious confidence back to the floor although within the limited volume day, the upward momentum was absorbed by waiting sellers to lead into an afternoon which remained in positive trade in London and a choppy but mostly positive afternoon in New York and the markets finished the day with a degree of buoyancy and in positive territory, to set the close on Friday as follows: 

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb

NOV 2048 + 12 DEC 188.00 + 0.40
JAN 2048 + 12 MAR 192.30 + 0.30
MAR 2053 + 10 MAY 194.80 + 0.35
MAY 2065 + 12 JUL 197.00 + 0.40
JUL 2079 + 14 SEP 198.30 + 0.40
SEP 2090 + 15 DEC 199.20 + 0.50
NOV 2092 + 17 MAR 199.10 + 0.60
JAN 2079 + 15 MAY 198.40 + 0.65
MAR 2088 + 15 JUL 197.55 + 0.60 
MAY 2081 + 15 SEP 197.30 + 0.55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31st October, 2014.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 95.20 usc/Lb., while this equates to an attractive 50.75% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.  This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assists to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange posted an increase of 541 bags yesterday, to register these certified stocks at 2,380,822 bags.  There was meanwhile, a decrease of 2,495 bags in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 23,015 bags.

The commodity markets had an overall softer day yesterday, following on from the US Federal policy statements which boosted sentiment within this leading consumer market although similarly adding muscle to the US Dollar, thus pressure on US Dollar priced commodities in other major currencies. It was a softer day in the Oil markets, Gold, Silver, Platinum, and Palladium, Copper, Coffee, Cotton, Orange Juice, Wheat, Corn, Soybean markets, with a flat day in Cocoa and Sugar steady on the day. The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 1.03% lower to see this Index registered at 484.62. The day starts with the U.S. Dollar firmer and trading at 1.596 to Sterling and 1.257 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is softer and is selling at $ 85.38 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day yesterday on a steady note and in New York, with some modest gains in the early trade, with higher than usual turnover in New York on opening. Both markets dipped into negative territory however and this reversal in fortunes for the markets met with additional seller pressure in light of the overall softer macro in commodities generally, together with US Dollar strength. Both markets tread around a narrow range in lower territory heading toward the latter day session some recovery was posted, to see London up into positive for a brief moment, before falling back toward the close.  

The Brazil Real firmed during the session yesterday which may have assisted to remove a section of overhead producer seller pressure during the latter half of the session in New York.  The volumes in this market improved once more as the day progressed but lacking much directional guidance other than the weather forecasts in Brazil direction dictated by the speculative sector would appear to be to trim longs, with nearby weather forecasts predicting good rain dispersion in the coffee growing areas, into the second week of November. The Brazil Real is meanwhile trading at recovered rate of 2.40 to the US Dollar today. The end of the month and first notice day in London has arrived, with perhaps some book squaring on the cards today, the close in London was in mildly negative territory around the middle of the day range and a likewise softer close in New York, after a buoyant run toward the end of the session in this market to post some recovery back toward the middle of the days levels, with spreads bolstering the good volume day for New York arabica, to set the close in both markets yesterday, as follows: 

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb

NOV 2036 -  6          DEC 187.60 – 2.00
JAN 2037 -  5          MAR 192.00 – 1.95
MAR 2043 -  5          MAY 194.45 – 1.90
MAY 2053 -  7          JUL 196.60 – 1.80
JUL 2065 -  7 SEP 197.90 – 1.70
SEP 2075 -  8 DEC 198.70 – 1.60
NOV 2075 -  8 MAR 198.50 – 1.40
JAN 2064 -  8 MAY 197.75 – 1.50
MAR 2073 -  8 JUL 196.95 – 1.55
MAY 2066 -  8 SEP 196.75 – 1.65

30th October, 2014.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 96.98 usc/Lb., while this equates to an attractive 51.14% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.  This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assists to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange posted an increase of 3,957 bags yesterday, to register these certified stocks at 2,380,281 bags.  There was meanwhile, a decrease of 3,957 bags in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 25,510 bags.

The commodity markets had a mixed and overall steady day yesterday, the US Dollar rose on the day, following the much awaited by the markets, US Federal Reserve Bank policy statements yesterday, confirming an end to the economic stimulus program which was implemented in reaction to the economic downturn six years ago. News of an improvement in the US Labour market together with better than expected US Corporate earnings were all factors which assisted to fuel positive sentiment in the markets yesterday.  It was a positive day for the Oil markets, resurgence noted in Soybean, Corn, Wheat and Sugar firm, so too Cocoa, Cotton and Palladium.  IT was however, a softer day for Coffee, Orange Juice, Copper, Gold, Silver and Platinum.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 0.69% higher to see this Index registered at 489.67. The day starts with the U.S. Dollar firmer and trading at 1.598 to Sterling and 1.259 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady and is selling at $ 86.07 per barrel.

The coffee markets opened the day in positive territory, both markets moving higher at the outset in the morning limited volume session.   The London robusta market continued the positive track into the early afternoon but with New York attracting negative pressure as the afternoon progressed; London lost some of the earlier gains but remained within positive territory for the rest of the day. The lower trend in New York by midsession attracted light speculative long liquidation; this was met with light industry and a degree of technical support coming in to support the market at the lows.  The forecasts for well dispersed rains predicted to reach the Brazil Coffee belt for the next fortnight dampened the speculative mood, together with the negative influence of a firming US Dollar in the macro yesterday. The Brazil Real is meanwhile trading at recovered rate of 2.46 to the US Dollar today.  The close in London was in positive territory after a relatively narrow range in trade yesterday, nearer to the days’ highs, and a lower day in New York which saw this market finish the day just off the lows, and set the close yesterday, as follows: 

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb

NOV 2042 + 20 DEC 189.60 – 2.75
JAN 2042 + 18 MAR 193.95 – 2.70
MAR 2048 + 17 MAY 196.35 – 2.65
MAY 2060 + 15 JUL 198.40 – 2.60
JUL 2072 + 14 SEP 199.60 – 2.55
SEP 2083 + 14 DEC 200.30 – 2.50
NOV 2083 + 10 MAR 199.90 – 2.45
JAN 2072 + 13 MAY 199.25 – 2.60
MAR 2081 + 15 JUL 198.50 – 2.60 
MAY 2074 + 15 SEP 198.40 – 2.50

29th October, 2014.

Following the arrival of the delayed rains to the main Brazil coffee growing areas, the local weather forecaster Somar has predicted that a new cold front will bring widespread rains across the coffee areas over the weekend.  The wet conditions are expected to continue through most of next week.  This forecast coincides with the US based forecaster Commodities Weather Group, likewise forecasting new rains through the coffee belt in the eleven to fifteen day forecast period, while the further out sixteen to thirty day prediction is for the weather to turn slightly drier over the coffee areas in Bahia and Minas Gerais. These prevailing wet conditions have assisted to provide a degree of recovery in ground water retention levels, a factor which is positive for the development of the flowering but the country needs good rains on a continuous basis in these coming months, to help to establish the new biennially bearing 2015 crop to come. Thus one may anticipate that there shall be a continuation of keen interest in the prospects for the Brazil summer weather and for this to remain conducive to the developing crop in the weeks and months ahead.  

Meanwhile and presuming no longer term climatic issues to negatively affect the new crop prospects for Brazil, the latest forecast from respected commodity bankers Rabobank, has indicated that this next crop ought to be around 47 million bags of which 30 million bags arabica and balance Conilon Robusta.  The starting point for this estimate is a premise that this current crop which was affected by the unforeseen dry weather during development at the beginning of this year has a potential 47 million bags while the expectation for the lower bearing 2015 crop to come should, climatic anomalies aside, see the new crop in at around the same level. There are many months ahead however and the traditional bout of forecasts can be expected to come to the markets of the prospective size of the new Brazil crop to come in 2015, while it might be observed that in general private trade and industry forecasts are lacking at this time year on year. One might presume that the delayed onset of rains this year has inspired a degree of reluctance at this early stage of flowering for participants to as yet put forward official forecasts.  Although these forecasts will start to come through in the next couple of months and the reception of these reports are likely to be accompanied by a degree of speculation surrounding the potential size and impact of this new crop, which is seemingly to remain a topical factor to influence the markets. 

The arbitrage between the markets held steady yesterday to register this at 100.54 usc/Lb., while this equates to an attractive 52.27% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.  This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assists to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.  

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange posted an increase of 4,240 bags yesterday, to register these certified stocks at 2,376,324 bags.  There was meanwhile, a decrease of 1,390 bags in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 29,467 bags. 

The commodity markets had a mixed and overall steady day yesterday, with the overall focus on the US Federal Reserve Bank meetings and their resulting announcements later today. The US Dollar weakened toward the latter half of the day to assist to prop up most commodities and a mild recovery registered in the Oil markets on the day. It was a positive day for Oil, Sugar, Cotton, Copper, Wheat, Corn, Soybean, Coffee and the metals markets, Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium, although a softer day for Cocoa and Orange Juice. The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 0.60% lower to see this Index registered at 486.34. The day starts with the U.S. Dollar trading at 1.613 to Sterling and 1.273 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady and is selling at $ 86.09 per barrel.  

The coffee markets opened the day yesterday with some buoyancy in London and on a softer note in New York.  The range and volume in both markets was muted and in London a particularly thin day, which with first notice day ahead, this market progressed in light volume on either side of unchanged. It was a little busier in New York yesterday in volume; however, the range was similarly narrow in comparative term and speculative sellers met with underlying light roaster and industry buyer activity to set the floor in the earlier session, where the market drifted along range bound.  The latter day activity perhaps spurred on more by the macro than in coffee alone, along with the much firmer Brazil Real at 2.48 to the US Dollar as the session progressed, encouraged latter day support in New York.  Thus the markets finished the day after a quiet days trade in London and a buoyant day in New York arabica, to set the close near to the days’ high in both markets in a degree of buoyancy, as follows:  

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb

NOV 2022 + 10                  DEC 192.35 + 1.45
JAN 2024 + 11          MAR 196.65 + 1.50
MAR 2031 +   6          MAY 199.00 + 1.45
MAY 2031 +   7          JUL 201.00 + 1.50
JUL 2045 +   7          SEP 202.80 + 1.60
SEP 2058 +   8          DEC 202.35 + 1.60
NOV 2069 + 12          MAR 201.85 + 1.55
JAN 2073 +   8          MAY 201.10 + 1.60
MAR 2059 +   8          JUL 200.90 + 1.70 
MAY 2066 +   8          SEP 200.45 + 1.70

28th October, 2014.

The latest Commitment of Traders report from the London robusta coffee market has seen the Non Commercial speculative sector of this market decrease their net long position within this market by 2.40% during the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 21st October; to register a net long position of 28,159 Lots on the day.  This net long which is the equivalent of 4,693,167 bags has most likely been slightly reduced during the period of mixed trade, which has since followed.

Following on from the Vietnam General Statistics office downward review of the country’s September coffee exports, to 1,622,550 bags., the government has since forecast that the country could export approximately 1,750,000 bags of mostly robusta coffees in this first month of the new October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year. These figures yet to be finalised would contribute to the country exporting around 24,882,417 bags of coffee over the first ten months of the calendar year thus far, or at 37.40% higher than cumulative exports over the same period in the previous calendar year.  

The arbitrage between the markets held steady yesterday to register this at 99.41 usc/Lb., while this equates to an attractive 52.07% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.  This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assists to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices. 

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange posted a decrease of 7,400 bags yesterday, to register these certified stocks at 2,372,084 bags.  There was meanwhile, an increase of 6,600 bags in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 30,857 bags. 

The commodity markets had a mixed and mostly lower day yesterday, the markets waiting further guidance as the next interest rate indicators by the US Federal Reserve Bank which two day policy meetings begin later today. It was an overall softer day for the metals markets with Gold, Silver and Palladium posting a softer close on the day.  It was a generally softer day for the Oil markets, while in tandem with the news of the Presidential elections outcome in Brazil and another term narrowly won by Dilma Rousseff, the Brazil Real softened on the day to touch upon fresh lows against the U.S. Dollar. This spilled over as negative pressure into the grains markets although these latter markets posted some recovery toward the end of the day.  It was a positive day for Corn, Soybean and Wheat markets, the other gainers on the day were Copper and Platinum, but a negative day for Orange Juice, Cocoa, Sugar, Cotton and Coffee. The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 0.11% lower to see this Index registered at 483.45. The day starts with the U.S. Dollar trading at 1.61 to Sterling and 1.27 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady and is selling at $ 85.36 per barrel.

The coffee markets opened the day on Monday in the wake of the news of the results from Brazil in anticipation that the weaker Brazil Real would apply further pressure to both markets, which gapped lower on opening. The opening lower market found support to set the floor for the day and once the initial volume of selling was removed, both markets regained ground during the morning session ticking over in light volume through and into positive territory.  There was little else in the markets yesterday to provide guidance while the macro focus moved to the US Fed meetings to start today and a softer US Dollar on the day.  The afternoon session slid back into negative territory in both markets, which in the modest volume of the day was met with limited industry support once more and another attempt to the upside in both markets toward the latter part of the session which finally assisted the markets to the finish line with some buoyancy and most of the recovery intact albeit in negative territory, to set the close in both markets yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb

NOV 2012 - 15 DEC 190.90 – 0.60
JAN 2017 - 11 MAR 195.15 – 0.60
MAR 2025 -   9 MAY 197.55 – 0.55
MAY 2038 -   9 JUL 199.50 – 0.55
JUL 2051 -   9 SEP 200.55 – 0.60
SEP 2061 -   9 DEC 201.20 – 0.80
NOV 2061 -   9 MAR 200.80 – 0.90
JAN 2051 -   9 MAY 200.25 – 0.75
MAR 2058 -   9 JUL 199.40 – 0.40 
MAY 2051 -   9 SEP 199.20 – 0.15

27th October, 2014.

The latest Commitment of Traders report from the washed arabica coffee New York market has seen the shorter term in nature Managed Money Fund sector of the market decrease their net long position within this market by 5.42% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 21st October;  to register a net long position of 45,131 Lots on the day. Over the same period the longer term in nature and steadier Index Fund sector of this market increased their net long position within the market by 2.01%, to register a net long on the day of 43,668 Lots. 

During this same week of trade the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market decreased their net long position within the market by 2.86% to register a net long of 37,109 lots on the day.  This net long position is the equivalent of 10,520,401 bags has most likely decreased slightly over the period of overall more negative trade that has since followed and likewise, the net long position of the Managed Money Funds. 

The Brazilian weather issues have taken a bit of respite for the moment, the news from local and international weather forecasters predicting nearly all of Brazil’s main agricultural areas should receive good rainfall for the next fortnight having been absorbed to some degree by the latest round of speculative liquidation. Further attention has since turned to the developments surrounding the local Presidential elections held over the weekend and likewise a recovery in the Brazil Real which is currently trading at 2.473 to the US Dollar prior opening for business, later today.  

The physical coffee market for the meantime has picked up some pace ahead of the winter northern hemisphere roasting and with the advent of the rains in Brazil, improved consumer activity registered in the past week.  This has been supported by the advantageous in US Dollar terms, softer Brazil Real and improved sales within the internal market in Brazil last week.   

The forward prospects are meanwhile all positive thus far for the development of the harvests and new crop coffees which will soon start to come from the fine washed arabica producer bloc of Mexico, Central America and Colombia, as well as the new robusta crop to come from Vietnam in the next months.  This would indicate that a majority of the consumer industry roasters are tending to maintain a cautious view towards the markets and a continuation of a steady buying policy for the more attractive in value terms coffees which are coming to the fore.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed on Friday to register this at 99.51 usc/Lb., while this equates to an attractive 51.96% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.  This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assists to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices. 

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange posted an increase of 1,650 bags on Friday, to register these certified stocks at 2,379,484 bags.  There was meanwhile, a decrease of 2,475 bags in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 24,257 bags.

The commodity markets had a mixed but overall negative day on Friday, improved U.S. housing sales data assisted to boost confidence in this leading consumer sector and with improved sentiment in the equity markets, a softer day for safe haven Gold. The Oil markets were weighed down by ample supply indicators which similarly leant a softer mood to the day in these markets.  It was a softer day for the Grains; Soybean, Wheat, Corn finished in negative territory; as did Orange Juice, arabica Coffee, Platinum and Palladium. The Copper markets posted a flat day while Cocoa, robusta Coffee, Cotton and Silver registered a positive finish on the day. The US Dollar held steady on the day against other major currencies. The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 0.47% lower to see this Index registered at 484.00. The day starts with the U.S. Dollar trading at 1.609 to Sterling and 1.269 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady and is selling at $ 86.01 per barrel.

The London market started the day on Friday with some hesitant buoyancy, but with both markets turning softer in early trade.  The London market did however recover into the afternoon’s trade, while the New York market continued on its softer track.  There was a renewal of interest and buyer fixation support posted toward the latter half of the session in both markets and with speculative support to boost the volume in both markets toward the end of the session.  The London robusta market finished the day on Friday in some buoyancy but off of the days highs ahead of the end month roll over, while New York found late in the day positive support to provide a improvement and to see this market recover some of its losses late in the day, but near to the end of the day to end the session in negative territory and on a softer note, the markets set the close on Friday as follows: 

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb

NOV 2027 + 19 DEC 191.50 – 1.80
JAN 2028 +  6 MAR 195.75 – 1.75
MAR 2034 +  3 MAY 198.10 – 1.70
MAY 2047 +  2 JUL 200.05 – 1.40
JUL 2060 +  2 SEP 201.15 – 1.00
SEP 2070 Unch DEC 202.00 – 0.65
NOV 2070 + 4 MAR 201.70 – 0.35
JAN 2060 + 2 MAY 201.00 – 0.45
MAR 2067 + 2 JUL 199.80 – 0.70 
MAY 2060  - 5 SEP 199.05 – 1.15

24th October, 2014.

The arbitrage between the markets widened yesterday to register at 102.21 usc/Lb., while this equates to an attractive 52.88% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.  This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assists to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.  

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange posted an increase of 4,915 bags yesterday, to register these certified stocks at 2,377,834 bags.  There was meanwhile, a decrease of 8,260 bags in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 26,732 bags.

The commodity markets were mostly steady yesterday with the Oil markets regaining some lost ground with news of broadly stronger than expected economic data from the Eurozone, assisting to fuel positive sentiment.  It was a similarly a firmer day for Soybean, Cotton, Corn, arabica Coffee, Wheat, Orange Juice, Copper and Palladium although a softer day for robusta Coffee, Sugar, Cocoa, Gold, Silver and Platinum. The US Dollar held steady on the day against other major currencies. The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 0.33% higher to see this Index registered at 486.30. The day starts with the U.S. Dollar trading at 1.602 to Sterling and 1.265 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady and is selling at $ 86.07 per barrel.

Following on from the bearish results posted in New York the day before, the London market opened lower, to set a new floor for the day which in a relatively slow and low volume day, held the range within a narrow band and steady albeit in negative territory. It was a more robust session in New York with improved volumes which started the day positively and drifted back toward midsession, but with industry buyer fixation support returning to the floor to see this market retrace and build upon the gains, to take an upside positive track for the rest of the day.  This trend was sustained right up to the final bell yesterday, to see New York register a positive close within improved volume and an overall tighter range through the day, with the appearance of some consolidation.  The Brazil Real meanwhile is trading softer at 2.497 to the US Dollar ahead of the presidential elections this weekend, while the forecast rains are now predicted to be around the Brazil coffee areas for the next fortnight, to add little in the way of directional influence with the markets seemingly have absorbed the weather factor, for the time being at least.  The close yesterday in both markets, after a moderately buoyant day was set as follows;  

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/LbNOV    2008 – 17                                           DEC    193.30 + 2.20

JAN     2022 – 17                                          MAR    197.50 + 2.20
MAR    2031 – 17                                          MAY    199.80 + 2.15
MAY    2045 – 16                                          JUL      201.45 + 2.15
JUL     2058 – 15                                    SEP      202.15 + 1.90
SEP     2070 – 13                                          DEC     202.65 + 1.90 
NOV    2066 – 13                                           MAR    202.05 + 1.80
JAN     2058 – 13                                          MAY     201.45 + 210
MAR    2065 – 13                                          JUL     200.50 + 2.35 
MAY    2065 – 13                                          SEP     200.20 + 2.55

23rd October, 2014.

The focus in Brazil meanwhile remains the now anticipated arrival of the summer rains to set the flowering for the next new Brazil 2015 / 2016 crop to come.  Weather forecasts are now looking to widespread rains to reach the coffee areas in Brazil, with the arrival of a new cold front to bring forth good showers through the weekend and the coming week. The arrival of these delayed rains will assist to set the flowering for the next new Brazil 2015 crop to come and while there are still many months ahead, one might anticipate that the discussion will soon turn to the question of the continuation of rains to set the flowering for this new crop to develop. 

The short to medium term forecasts are optimistic meanwhile, for an increased potential for showers over the region in the latest sixteen to thirty day outlook as forecast by the U.S. based Commodities Weather Group.  While this next Brazil 2015 crop will follow on from this year’s arabica coffee crop harvest which was negatively affected by the partial drought during the first two months of this year.  In the meantime the Brazil Real is trading at an easier 2.49 to the U.S. Dollar, to provide inspiration to the internal market for current crop coffee sales.    

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 98.61 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 51.60% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.  This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assists to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange posted a decrease of 2,559 bags yesterday, to register these certified stocks at 2,372,919 bags.  There was an increase of 6,822 bags in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 34,992 bags.

It was a mixed day on the commodity markets yesterday, the leading in influence Oil markets tending softer on the news of ample inventories being held in the top U.S.A. consumer market ahead of the northern hemisphere winter higher consumption months.  The U.S. Dollar firmed on the day to contribute toward the generally lower day. It was a softer day for Oil markets, Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium and Copper, the New York arabica market registered a further 4.6% decline on the day. Grains posted some gains and a firmer day for Wheat, Corn and Soybean, as did Orange Juice, Cotton, Cocoa and Sugar finish in positive territory on the day. The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 0.54% lower to see this Index registered at 484.72. The day starts with the U.S. Dollar trading at 1.6052 to Sterling and 1.264 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 84.71 per barrel.

The coffee markets started the day with a degree of buoyancy although in relatively thin volume at the outset. The London market remained in positive territory for much of the session although choppy with direction positive in the morning as buy orders met with limited upward resistance. The volume of trade remained thin throughout however, which once buyer support had been absorbed, failed to encourage further upward momentum and a generally slow and choppy session ensued.  After a similarly positive opening for New York yesterday, the morning session in this market was subdued and in light volume mildly positive.  The latter day news to come to the markets in the weather reports confirming rains to come to the Brazil coffee belt brought a degree of speculative liquidation back to the market in a continuation of long liquidation which was met with light shorts and industry support but with a lack of volume support this market drifted lower as the session progressed. 

The volumes on the coffee markets yesterday were not as impressive as the past few sessions and one might suggest that after the bruising that the markets have taken in the past few days as the speculative sector absorb the news of wetter weather in Brazil, there may be an opportunity for respite and a little consolidation ahead.  Although with first notice day for the prompt month in London to too far away and the question of the extent of the speculative longs being held in the New York arabica market in particular, there are still unpredictable and volatile times ahead. London had a mildly buoyant day yesterday, although finally the mood turned negative in sympathy with the continuation of downward pressure in New York. The latter market which spent much of the session under negative pressure, managed a marginal recovery toward the end of the day to finish, near to the days’ lows in both markets, and the close yesterday in negative territory, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                            NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb

NOV    2025 – 21                                            DEC    191.10 – 8.30
JAN     2039 – 20                                           MAR    195.30 – 8.20
MAR    2048 – 20                                           MAY    197.65 – 7.95
MAY    2061 – 19                                           JUL     199.30 – 7.85
JUL     2073 – 20                                    SEP     200.25 – 7.60
SEP     2083 – 21                                           DEC     200.25 – 6.80 
NOV    2079 – 21                                           MAR    200.25 – 6.80
JAN     2071 – 21                                           MAY    199.35 – 6.90
MAR    2078 – 21                                           JUL     198.15 – 7.15 
MAY    2071 – 21                                           SEP     197.65 – 7.00 

22nd October, 2014.

Vietnam Customs data has reflected that the countries first half of October exports have surged by 76% from the same time last year, to register 845,000 bags on 15th October. The trade in Vietnam has forecast exports for the month of October of mostly robusta coffees to reach around 1.67 million bags. This is understandable as the coffee supply registers increased shipments to the main consumer markets heading into the higher volume winter roasting season. The internal market in Vietnam has been more active over the past few weeks, as farmers and internal traders look to liquidate stocks ahead of this month’s start of another large new crop. Although the most recently softer London robusta market has seen this internal market somewhat stalled and one would expect that the majority of exports flowing to the markets are related to forward contract commitments rather than new business.

The new crop developing in Vietnam is thus far free of any climatic disruption and ripening well, ahead of the peak harvest which is anticipated to be in November. The current crop stocks are meanwhile estimated to be at a record high going into the new harvest this year, which will maintain a comfortable buffer supply to the consumer markets as the new harvest starts in earnest.  The October 2014 to September 2015 Vietnam new crop, of which close to 96% is robusta coffee, is currently forecast to be in excess of 27 million bags.

The Uganda Coffee Development Authority have reported the country’s coffee exports for the month of September were 16,378 bags or 7.30% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 207,923 bags.  This has contributed to the countries cumulative export figures for the total twelve months of the October to September 2014 coffee year at 82,800 bags or 2.31% lower than the same period in the previous coffee year, at 3,499,829 bags.    

The focus in Brazil meanwhile remains the now anticipated arrival of the summer rains to set the flowering for the next new Brazil 2015 / 2016 crop to come.  This with forecasters including local weather forecaster Somar predicting that rain should intensify toward the latter half of this week, through the weekend and cover most the main coffee growing areas in Minas Gerais through to next week.  In the meantime the Brazil Real is trading at a weaker 2.48 to the U.S. Dollar, to provide inspiration to the internal market for new crop coffee sales.    

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 106.24 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 53.21% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.  This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange posted a decrease of 1,800 bags yesterday, to register these certified stocks at 2,375,478 bags.  There was an increase of 7,375 bags in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 28,170 bags.

It was a mostly buoyant day on the commodity markets yesterday, which registered steady gains in the Oil markets, while the U.S. Dollar firmed against other major currencies supported by the release of positively received U.S. housing data.  The Oil, Wheat, Cotton, Orange Juice, Gold, Platinum and Palladium markets posted positive gains on the day, although it was a relatively steady to flat finish for Copper, Soybean and the Coffee markets.  The Sugar, Cocoa and Corn markets tended softer for the day.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 0.68% higher to see this Index registered at 487.346.  The day starts with the U.S. Dollar trading at 1.6127 to Sterling and 1.272 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 86.17 per barrel.

It was another lower opening on the coffee markets yesterday, with a degree of follow through in London, which was met with further downward pressure as the New York arabica market pushed lower on opening.  The morning session found underlying support and direction moved to the positive in both markets. The arrival of the America’s however brought back volume selling activity to the floor and both markets retraced their losses to set a new low for the session toward the latter half of the day. In a reversal of fortunes however, there was evidence of both speculative and industry participation at these levels and both markets gradually clawed back to unchanged toward the end of the day, having regained all lost ground during the session. The markets set the close on a steady note on the close, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                        NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb. 

NOV     2046 – 3                                              DEC     199.60 + 0.20
JAN     2059 – 1                                               MAR    203.75 + 0.25
MAR    2068 – 1                                               MAY    206.05 + 0.45
MAY    2080 – 2                                               JUL     207.70 + 0.55
JUL     2093 – 2                                               SEP     208.35 + 0.50 
SEP     2104 – 1                                               DEC    208.45 + 0.60 
NOV    2100 – 1                                               MAR    207.75 + 0.70
JAN     2092 Unch                                           MAY    206.85 + 0.60
MAR    2099 + 7                                              JUL     205.95 + 0.65 
MAY    2092 + 7                                              SEP     205.35 + 0.70 

21st October, 2014.

The latest Commitment of Traders report from the London robusta coffee market has seen the Non Commercial speculative sector of this market increase their net long position within this market by 4.09% during the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 14th. October;  to register a net long position of 28,854 Lots on the day.  This net long which is the equivalent of 4,809,000 bags has most likely levelled off during the period of mixed trade, which has since followed.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 105.96 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 53.14% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange posted a decrease of a modest 500 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,377,311 bags.  There was an increase of 275 bags in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 20,795 bags.

It was a mixed day on the commodity markets yesterday, with weaker prospects indicated for Chinese economic growth in the fourth quarter, while the US Dollar lost some ground against other major currencies and ahead of the next round of reports from US for manufacturing data, to be released toward the end of this week. The Oil markets were buoyant yesterday, and an overall positive day for Gold, Silver Platinum, Palladium markets. It was a mildly positive day for Wheat, Soybeans much unchanged, with Corn, Orange Juice, Sugar, Coffee and Copper in negative territory on the day. The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.55% lower; to see this Index registered at 484.08. The day starts with the U.S. Dollar trading at 1.617 to Sterling and 1.283 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in in early trade and is selling at $ 85.06 per barrel.

The coffee markets opened following on from the weekend news of delayed rain to have reached the Brazil coffee growing areas, and with both markets triggering losses on opening, London mildly so although followed by the New York start which met with immediate seller pressure into a void of resistance to see this market gap lower by 2.06% on opening.  With New York taking the lead sentiment in London quickly followed suit to push this latter market lower and set a new floor where stops were triggered to steady out the markets and the bout of speculative liquidation eased off to be met with underlying buyer support, as volumes increased into the latter half of the days’ trade.  Overall a softer day with London regaining some lost ground toward the latter half of the day with 2.41% of the losses retained against this market and a close near to the lows on the day.  With close on half of the days total losses in New York posted from the opening bell, the rest of the day albeit in negative territory pivoted around the 200 usc/Lb., level in the prompt month with a mild 3.10% recovery from the lows of the day toward the latter half of the session.  This could not finally be sustained into the last hour of trade on the day to see this market whittle away the gains and register a close near to the days’ low, and set a softer close on both markets yesterday, as follows: 

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb. 

NOV     2049 – 68                              DEC   199.40 – 11.25
JAN     2060 – 69                              MAR   203.50 – 11.10
MAR    2069 – 69                               MAY   205.60 – 11.05
MAY    2082 – 69                               JUL   207.15 – 10.85
JUL     2095 – 68                              SEP   207.85 – 10.40
SEP     2105 – 68                              DEC   207.85 – 10.20
NOV    2102 – 68                               MAR   207.05 – 10.10
JAN     2092 – 68                              MAY   206.25 –   9.95
MAR    2092 – 68                               JUL   205.30 –   9.85 
MAY    2085 – 68                               SEP   204.65 –   9.65

20th October, 2014.

The latest Commitment of Traders report from the washed arabica coffee New York market has seen the shorter term in nature Managed Money Fund sector of the market increase their net long position within this market by 14.79% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 14th. October;  to register a net long position of 47,719 Lots on the day. Over the same period the longer term in nature and steadier Index Fund sector of this market decreased their net long position within the market by 2.08%, to register a net long on the day of 42,807 Lots.

During this same week of trade the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market increased their net long position within the market by 18.50% to register a net long of 38,201 lots on the day.  This net long position is the equivalent of 10,829,983 bags is the highest net long held in arabica coffee futures since March 2008, that has most likely decreased slightly over the period of overall more negative trade that has since followed and likewise, the net long position of the Managed Money Funds.

The National Export Centre of Nicaragua has reported that the country’s coffee exports for the month of September were 146,029 bags, an increase of 76.90% on that of the same month last year. This higher performance has contributed to the country’s cumulative coffee exports for the cumulative twelve months of the present October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year, although exports for the season registered a total of 1,770,044 bags or 8.20% lower than the same period in the previous coffee year.

There are positive reports coming forth from local forecasters in Brazil, to see slightly improved chances for rain over the next two weeks to come to the main coffee growing belt in Brazil.  This is forecast with anticipated heavier rainfall and improved dispersion over Brazil’s south east region to the end of October.  This news has subsequently dampened sentiment for the upside in the New York arabica market and one might expect this trend to continue, so long as the delayed rains arrive and set a more seasonal pattern until the reality and assessment of these rains are in play.

The Certified Robusta coffee stocks held against the London market were seen to increase by 138,000 bags or 7.40% over the two weeks of trade leading up to Monday 13th. October to register these stocks at 1,999,166 bags. 

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed on Friday to register at 114.08 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 54.16% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were unchanged on Friday, to register these stocks at 2,377,811 bags.   There was meanwhile 1,525 bags increase in the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 20,520 bags.

The commodity markets were mixed on Friday, as improved U.S. consumer data coming to the markets to provide a boost for sentiment, also adding muscle to the U.S. Dollar on the day. It was a positive day for Oil, Platinum and Palladium, whereas the Cocoa and Sugar markets were steady. The day posted losses on the Gold, Silver, Soybean, Corn, Coffee Wheat and Orange Juice markets which tended softer on the day. The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.21% lower; to see this Index registered at 486.77.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.608 to Sterling and 1.273 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is showing buoyancy in early trade and is selling at $ 85.77 per barrel.

The London market started the day on Friday on a softer note, as did New York open with a degree of buoyancy but subjected to downward pressure in both markets early on in the session.  This trend continued through the morning, although a mild recovery was posted within a relatively narrow range in modest volume and negative territory until the America’s came to the floor later in the day, whereupon the softer trend in both markets attracted reserved buying support to set a more steady momentum as the day progressed. The markets met with another bout of seller pressure toward the end of the day, with the overall negiative close accompanied by the news of prospective wetter weather to come to Brazil, to see these markets settle near to the lows of the day in both markets and a softer close on Friday, as follows: 

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                 NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb. 

NOV 2117 – 37                          DEC 210.65 – 6.45
JAN     2129 – 39                          MAR 214.60 – 6.45
MAR    2138 – 39                                                MAY 216.65 – 6.40
MAY   2151 – 38                                             JUL 218.00 – 6.25 
JUL     2163 – 39                                                SEP 218.25 – 6.15
SEP     2173 – 39                                                DEC 218.05 – 6.20
NOV    2170 – 39                                                MAR    217.15 – 6.20
JAN     2160 – 39                                                MAY    216.20 – 6.30
MAR    2160 – 39                                                JUL     215.15 – 6.45
MAY    2153 – 39                                                SEP     214.30 – 6.45 

17th. October, 2014.
The Brazilian weather issues are for this week on something of a back foot, as market players are tending to show a degree of exhaustion following the past month of excitement over the persistent scare stories that relate to the hot and dry weather, in terms of its effects upon the next 2015 crop.  This has stalled the upside rally for the New York market and one might expect that with the delayed spring and summer rain season due to start during the second half of next week, that the market shall remain in something of a doldrums until the reality and assessment of these rains are in play.

Meanwhile with the new Central American crop maturing and with the lower grown coffees already ripening, the indications are that weather conditions have been perfect for the development of this new crop and with the combination of Mexico and the Central Americans due to bring in a combined 1.5 to 2 million bags larger crop from their October to March harvest.    This regional crop to be something of the order of 18 million bags, which shall be added to the steadily increasing supply from Colombia, who are on track for a 12.5 to perhaps even 13 million bags crop for this new October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year.

There has been some talk over the warmer weather in Colombia over the recent weeks and an increase in the incidences of Coffee borer beetle or Broca, but the National Coffee Federation has reported that these incidences are isolated and are not seen to be a serious problem.   While with good prevailing value and profits from new crop sales, the farmers are financially strong enough to afford the chemical inputs that are necessary to control the problem.

With the new crop developing in Indonesia and weather conditions presently favourable for the coffee farmers, the even the more conservative of forecasts are talking in terms of a larger new crop to start impacting upon the market from April next year.   This new crop expected to recover from this year’s dismal crop of approximately 8 million bags to 9.5 million bags depending on which reports one cares to recognise, to something in the order of 11 million bags.   With some early forecasts tending to talk of even more impressive numbers, but it is still early days and while there is no doubt going to be increased Indonesian coffee supply for the second half of next year, the volume shall only become clear by the second quarter of the coming year.

The report from Nestle that sales for the first nine months of this year have been relatively soft and below predictions and with particular emphasis on slower sales in the developing Asian markets, contributes to some questions over global coffee consumption growth.   Particularly so, as over the past few years it has been the developing Asian markets have contributed too much of this growth.   While in the meantime with the economic woes in Europe which is the world’s largest market and combined with the rapid growth in market share of the parsimonious single serve coffee machines and capsules, this market is posting flat to lower consumption figures.   The Nestle sales were however not negative in compared to the previous year, but only below the targeted 5% factor, which is seen to be unachievable now and therefore, is not an indication of reduced coffee demand within the Asian markets.

The physical coffee market for the meantime remains lacklustre and cautious and with the majority of the consumer market industry players tending to step back to await the influence of the delayed rains in Brazil to step back into the market in more intensity, while the consumer market trade are likewise showing caution in terms of taking on longer term stocks.   Thus one can expect little in terms of physical trade aggression for the short term and until at least the end of the month, with the probability of some catch up excitement during November, once the Brazil situation can be more accurately assessed.

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 118.76 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 54.70% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to be unchanged yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,377,811 bags.   There was meanwhile also no change recorded for the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 18,995 bags.

The commodity markets were mixed yesterday, but with some degree of buoyancy experienced within many markets and with good economic data from the U.S.A. assisting to counter the bearish news from Europe and Asia.   The Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, New York arabica Coffee, Wheat, Corn, Soybean and Platinum markets showed buoyancy, while the Cocoa, London robusta Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Gold and Silver markets tended softer for the day.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 1.09% higher; to see this Index registered at 487.79.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.609 to Sterling and 1.280 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is showing buoyancy in early trade and is selling at $ 85.80 per barrel.

The London market started the day yesterday on a softer track, while the New York market in thin trade showed a degree of buoyancy.  The markets headed into the afternoon with the London market maintaining its soft stance and the New York market maintaining its buoyancy.   As the afternoon progressed the New York market added some more weight and the London market recovered most of its earlier losses, but with the London market struggling to move into positive territory.   The New York market ran out of steam later in the day and the London market carried on to end the day on a near to steady note and having recovered 88.9% of the earlier losses of the day, while the New York market ended the day on the positive side of par but with only 23.7% of the earlier in the day’s gains intact.   This was not really an inspirational close and one might expect to see little better than a steady start for early trade today, against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2154 – 1                                                 DEC     217.10 + 1.10
JAN      2168 – 4                                                 MAR    221.05 + 1.15
MAR     2177 – 4                                                 MAY    223.05 + 1.20
MAY     2189 – 4                                                  JUL    224.25 + 1.25
JUL      2202 – 4                                                  SEP    224.40 + 1.10
SEP      2212 – 5                                                 DEC    224.25 + 0.90
NOV     2209 – 5                                                 MAR    223.35 + 0.65
JAN      2199 – 5                                                 MAY    222.50 + 0.55
MAR     2199 – 5                                                  JUL    221.60 + 0.55
MAY     2192 – 5                                                  SEP    220.75 + 0.55

16th. October, 2014.
The Green Coffee Association of the U.S.A. have announced that the countries port warehouse stocks decreased by a marginal 11,211 bags or 0.19% during the month of September, to register these stocks at 6,027,292 bags at the end of the month.   These stocks do not of course include the in transit bulk container coffees or the onsite roaster inventories, which with an approximate combined U.S.A. and Canadian weekly consumption that is fed by these stocks of 490,000 bags per week, would conservatively have been at least 1 million bags.
 
Therefore if one is to consider the additional unreported stocks and look to end August stocks in North America of at the very least 7,027,292 bags, it would have equated to at least a very safe 14.3 weeks of roasting activity and a very safe reserve, ahead of the higher volume winter roasting season.   This substantial stock situation assisting to maintain the complacent attitude that prevails within the physical coffee trade in North America, where industry buyers maintain a wait and see attitude towards the prospects for the pending but somewhat delayed spring and summer rain season in Brazil, which shall dictate the prospects for the next 2015 Brazil crop.

The Vietnam Customs Authority have reported that the countries coffee exports for the month of September were lower than traders forecasts for exports for the month of between 1.67 million to 2 million bags and have been registered at only 1.62 million bags, which is only marginally 0.4% lower than the previous months performance.   These exports having contributed to the country’s cumulative exports for the October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year having been 17.7% higher than the previous coffee year, at a total of 27.78 million bags.   This being a volume that shall most probably be mirrored during this new October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year, albeit that Vietnam with its mostly robusta coffee crop shall during this new coffee year, encounter increased competition from a larger new Indian crop that is soon to start and by April next year, a larger new Indonesian robusta coffee crop.

The U.S.A. based Commodities Weather Group came forth yesterday that while rains were expected for South East Brazil for the end of this month and throughout the coming month, that these rains would not completely cover all of the main arabica coffee and sugar growing areas in central and southern Brazil.   This report should have been seen to be potentially supportive for the New York market and was in fact followed by a modest degree of buoyancy for the market, but did not result in a rally and the buoyancy turned out to be short lived, as the report was somewhat countered by a more positive rainfall report from the well-respected Brazilian meteorologist Somar.

The Somar report indicated that rains were due to start in the main central and southern arabica coffee districts of Brazil by the second half of next week and would carry on from thereon, into the following month.  This report indicating that the prevailing market supportive dry weather in Brazil was in reality just two to three week delay in the start of the new spring and summer rain season, rather than an indication of a severely damaging drought for the next 2015 crop.   Thus it proved to be news that was negative for the end of the day market, with the New York market taking a dip and likewise, taking the wind out of the sails of the London market that had been showing buoyancy through the day.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 117.48 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 54.39% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 8,650 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,377,811 bags.   There was meanwhile a smaller in volume 6,070 bags increase to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 18,995 bags.

The commodity markets were mixed yesterday, but overall are coming under pressure over dismal global economic forecasts and with the U.S.A. aside, prospects for soft medium to long term demand.   The Cocoa, Orange Juice, Gold and Silver markets showed some buoyancy and the London robusta Coffee and Platinum markets were near to steady, while the Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, New York arabica Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Wheat, Corn and Soybean markets had a softer day’s trade.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 1.11% lower; to see this Index registered at 487.36.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar tending softer and trading at 1.597 to Sterling and 1.282 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is showing softness in early trade and is selling at $ 82.40 per barrel.

The London market started the day yesterday showing good buoyancy and starting off on a positive track, while the New York market started the day on a steady thinly traded steady track.   The London market built upon its gains into the afternoon’s trade and with the New York market remaining mostly on the positive side of par, to add some further weight during the afternoon post the Commodities Weather Group’s Brazil forecast.  This was however short lived and the New York market once again came under pressure to drop back into negative territory and start on a gradual downside track that eventually had a negative influence upon sentiment and the fortunes for the London market.   The London market continued to end the day only near to steady, while the New York market ended the day on a soft note and with 79.7% of the earlier losses of the day intact.   This soft close within the more volatile New York market and despite some degree of support from  an overnight softer U.S. dollar is unlikely to inspire confidence and one would expect little better than a steady to soft start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2155 unch                                              DEC     216.00 – 5.90
JAN      2172 – 2                                                 MAR    219.90 – 5.85
MAR     2181 – 3                                                 MAY    221.85 – 5.75
MAY     2193 – 3                                                  JUL    223.00 – 5.70
JUL      2206 – 1                                                  SEP    223.30 – 5.65
SEP      2217 unch                                             DEC     223.35 – 5.50
NOV     2214 unch                                             MAR     222.70 – 5.15
JAN      2204 unch                                             MAY     221.95 – 4.95
MAR     2204 unch                                              JUL     221.05 – 4.95
MAY     2197 unch                                              SEP     220.20 – 4.85

15th. October, 2014.
The National Coffee Organisation of Guatemala have reported that the country’s coffee exports for the month of September were 51,489 bags or 21.18% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 191,593 bags.  This has contributed to the countries cumulative exports for the just completed October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year being 533,690 bags or 14.56% lower than the same period in the previous coffee year, at a total of 3,132,243 bags.

The National Coffee Council of El Salvador have reported that the country’s coffee exports for the month of September were 35,580 bags or 79.16% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 9,367 bags.  This dismal performance which follows a much lower October 2013 to March 2014 harvest and likewise modest export volumes through the year has contributed to the countries cumulative exports for the just completed October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year being 674,332 bags or 57.48% lower than the same period in the previous coffee year, at a total of 498,736 bags.

One has to comment however that while this dip in production and exports from El Salvador is very much related to the devastating effects of the Roya or Leaf Rust infestation, that with approximately 70% of coffee farming in El Salvador being related to commercial rather than smallholder farmers, that many commercial farmers had taken steps to apply aggressive retuning or stumping of their trees in 2013, to more easily counter the effects of Roya.   Thus accentuating the decline in production that came with the disease and that already the coming new crop can be expected to be 60% larger and followed by a much larger 2015/2016 crop.

It is likewise the case for El Salvador’s neighbours for the coming new crop which while not expected to increase quite as dramatically as El Salvador, they are overall looking towards generally improved crops.   This with modest increases forecasted for Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua and as steady performance for Costa Rica, while the authorities in Honduras are talking about a rather impressive 1 million bags increase.   Thus adding approximately 1.7 million bags to overall regional production of mostly fine washed arabica coffees, from the coming harvest.  

While the majority of forecasts for the new Vietnam crop that is just starting have indicated a new crop that shall be similar to the previous crop of approximately 28.5 million bags, there was a report yesterday from officials in the main central highlands that their districts new crop might in fact be as much as 6.9% larger than the last crop.    Thus in terms of the new Vietnam crop so far and a crop that is made up from approximately 96% robusta coffees, there would appear to be little reason for concerns over medium to longer term supply from this the second largest producer and exporter.

There is however prospects for increasing demand for robusta coffees in the coming year as the growth in global coffee consumption is heavily weighted towards the price sensitive new markets and therefore robusta coffees, while with the relatively firm arabica coffee prices; there is inspiration for use of higher percentages of robusta coffees within the more price sensitive brands.   This factor made easier by the rapidly increasing market share that is being taken by single serve capsule coffee machines, which are by nature of their extraction process much friendlier towards the use of the presently half price robusta coffees in the blends.  

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 123.29 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 55.56% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 3,286 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,386,461 bags.   There was meanwhile a smaller in volume 2,200 bags increase to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 12,925 bags.

The commodity markets were mixed yesterday and despite the softening nature of the oil markets and the buoyancy of the U.S. dollar, the overall macro commodity index was nevertheless relatively steady.  The Sugar, Cocoa, New York arabica Coffee, Copper, Orange Juice, Wheat, Corn, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets showed buoyancy, while the Oil, Natural Gas, London robusta Coffee and Cotton markets had a softer day’s trade.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.03% higher; to see this Index registered at 492.83.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar maintaining its recently acquired muscle and trading at 1.590 to Sterling and 1.264 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is showing softness in early trade and is selling at $ 84.85 per barrel.

The London market started the day yesterday taking a softer track, while the New York market opened with a degree of buoyancy and with the London market soon recovering and with both markets heading into the afternoon on a modestly positive track.    This was however short lived and the London market soon slipped back into negative territory again and followed the New York market likewise, moving back into negative territory.  The New York market did however soon recover and while the London market remained within negative territory, the New York market maintained its renewed modest buoyancy.    The London market continued to end the day on a soft note and with 65.2% of the earlier losses of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a positive note and with 80.9% of the gains of the day intact.   This mixed close but with the New York market ending the day near to the highs is likely to inspire something of a positive start for the London market but perhaps only a hesitantly cautious steady to soft start for the New York market against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2155 – 14                                                DEC     221.90 + 3.80
JAN      2174 – 15                                                MAR    225.75 + 3.75
MAR     2184 – 15                                                MAY    227.60 + 3.80
MAY     2196 – 14                                                 JUL     228.70 + 3.65
JUL      2207 – 14                                                 SEP     228.95 + 3.55
SEP      2217 – 13                                                DEC     228.85 + 3.65
NOV     2214 – 13                                                MAR     227.85 + 3.45
JAN      2204 – 13                                                MAY     226.90 + 3.25
MAR     2204 – 13                                                 JUL     226.00 + 3.25
MAY     2197 – 13                                                 SEP     225.05 + 3.15

14th. October, 2014.
The respected Brazilian meteorologists Somar have reported yesterday that not only shall there be little chance of rain for the main central and southern arabica coffee districts for this week, but the temperatures are due to be very hot and generally well in excess of 30 Celsius, which shall be damaging for the modest early flowerings that occurred with some scattered showers a couple of weeks ago.   The report does however foresee that the prevailing dry air mass over South Eastern Brazil breaks up during the second half of next week, that it shall allow cold fronts to enter the country from the south and bring with them, some widespread rains.

Meanwhile the U.S.A. based meteorologists Commodity Weather Group have forecasted above average rainfall to come to South Eastern Brazil in the next 11 to 15 days, while they also forecast that the mild El Nino phenomenon could possibly soon start to occur within the Pacific Ocean that would bring with it above average rainfall for South Eastern Brazil.  Thus for the present there would appear to be a general consensus that the delayed start to the Brazil spring and summer rain season shall eventually develop into a normal rain season for the rest of the summer, but the question remains how much damage this delay might have already caused for the prospects of next year’s Brazil arabica coffee crop.

There is no doubt that some damage has been incurred but there is also the factor to consider that stressed coffee trees do tend to flower better, once the rains occur.   Therefore so long as the damage from the now low ground water retention levels and the coming days of hot weather is not too extreme, there is the possibility of a nevertheless good flowering to come.  This so long as the forecasts for fair follow on rains, might well limit the losses to the new crop potential and might likewise bring with these flowerings and rains some better new arabica coffee crop forecasts.    Albeit that there is no doubt that the new Brazil arabica coffee crop for 2015 is still likely to be a deficit crop and with this year’s relatively modest crop, shall result in the liquidation of most of the large carry over arabica coffee stocks from last year, to fuel near to steady Brazil arabica coffee supply through to the follow on 2016 crop.

The International Coffee Organisation have reported that the Roya or Leaf Rust affected coffee production from Mexico and Central America for the just completed October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year was 13.4% lower than the previous coffee year, at a total of 16.02 million bags.   This volume that is marginally more modest that private trade and industry reports that talk in terms of 16.3 to 16.5 million bags, they say has contributed to global arabica coffee production for the coffee year having been close to 4% lower than the previous coffee year, at a total of 85.3 million bags.

Mexico and Central America are however seemingly coming out of their Roya or Leaf Rust problems and with the combination of improved prices and state subsidies, their farmers are getting the infestation under control and with a much improve new crop starting to be harvested.  But the agricultural ministry in Peru is not showing as much confidence in their famers efforts to control Roya and with having caused a 22.4% dip in production for this year’s just completed new crop, which they have pegged at approximately 3.45 million bags and even lower than the private trade and industry reports of around 3.8 million bags.   One might hope thought that with the Agricultural Ministry having declared a state of emergency for 11 of the country’s coffee districts and presumably due to provide longer term assistance and the assistance of more profitable higher prices, that Peru shall follow the developments in Mexico and Central America towards improve controls and some degree of recovery for next year’s April to September new crop harvest.  Thus adding to growing washed arabica coffee supply to the consumer markets, which is already coming with the improved yields from Mexico, Central America and Colombia.
 
The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 118.81 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 54.47% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 250 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,389,497 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 2,770 bags increase to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 10,725 bags.

The commodity markets were mixed yesterday and despite the softening nature of the oil markets and the buoyancy of the U.S. dollar, the overall macro commodity index was relatively steady.   Cocoa, London robusta Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Wheat, Corn, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets showed buoyancy and the Sugar market was steady, while the Oil, Natural Gas, New York arabica Coffee and Orange Juice markets had a softer day’s trade.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.28% higher; to see this Index registered at 492.69.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.608 to Sterling and 1.272 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is relatively steady in early trade and is selling at $ 87.20 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day yesterday showing early buoyancy and carried this through to the afternoon, but with the New York market starting to come under pressure during the afternoon and heading back into negative territory, while the London market maintained its muscle.  This remained the track for the rest of the day for both markets and with the London market continuing to end the day on a positive note and with 65% of the earlier in the day’s gains intact, while the New York market ended the day on a softer note and with 82.1% of the earlier in the day’s losses intact.   This mixed close provides little in the way of guidance, but one might expect that with the fundamental of continued dry weather in Brazil that there might well be a degree of corrective buoyancy for the New York market and a near to steady start for the London market for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2169 + 10                                               DEC     218.10 – 2.30
JAN      2189 + 13                                               MAR    222.00 – 2.20
MAR     2199 + 13                                               MAY    223.80 – 2.25
MAY     2210 + 13                                                JUL    225.05 – 2.30
JUL      2221 + 13                                                SEP    225.40 – 2.45
SEP      2230 + 13                                               DEC    225.20 – 2.40
NOV     2227 + 13                                               MAR    224.40 – 2.55
JAN      2217 + 13                                               MAY    223.65 – 2.70
MAR     2217 + 13                                                JUL    222.75 – 2.85
MAY     2210 + 13                                                SEP    221.90 – 3.25

13th. October, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the washed arabica coffee New York market has seen the shorter term in nature Managed Money Fund sector of the market increase their net long position within this market by 8.9% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 7th. October;  to register a net long position of 41,572 Lots on the day.  Over the same period the longer term in nature and steadier Index Fund sector of this market decreased their net long position within the market by 2.76%, to register a net long on the day of 43,715 Lots.

During this same week of trade the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market increased their net long position within the market by 18.49, to register a net long of 32,236 lots on the day.   This net long position that is the equivalent of 9,138,763 bags has most likely been further increased over the period of overall more positive trade that has since followed and likewise, the net long position of the Managed Money Funds.

The question is that with the Managed Money Fund and the Non Commercial Speculative sectors of the New York market already holding substantial net long positions and most likely having extended these since the reports as at Tuesday last week, how much more appetite they might have to further extend these positions.  It is likely that some players might be experiencing a degree of exhaustion, but with commodity markets in general relatively soft and the equity markets having taken a dip, there might still be some money looking for a more exciting investment and so long as the rains are not in play in Brazil, the market might still have some degree of upside traction.  

Adding to the almost daily bouts of market supportive news emanating from Brazil, the countries National Coffee Council reported on Friday that they forecast little chance of rain for the main central and southern arabica coffee districts until the end of next week and therefore, the weather conditions have to be seen as unfavourable for the prospects of the next 2015 Brazil crop.    There was however some degree of hesitancy with this report, as there were no further defining numbers coming with it, albeit that previously they had already been talking in terms of a 2015 Brazil coffee crop potential that might dip below 40 million bags.   Meanwhile the report seemingly did little to inspire the relatively lacklustre coffee markets on Friday, which tended to run out of steam for the day.

The physical coffee market that are already quiet for the present tended to stall on Friday, with the largest of the consume markets Europe distracted by the majority of the leading roasters heading to Basel in Switzerland, for the annual coffee dinner.   This dinner preceded by the usual round of pre-dinner meetings, with the trade houses striving to generate some increase in buying interest.  

The positive effects of the weather issues upon the reference prices of the New York arabica coffee market and to a lesser degree the London robusta coffee market are however proving beneficial to the majority of the other coffee producers, who are looking to improved values for their exports in the coming months.  This improved price factor can be seen to be particularly significant for Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Vietnam and India, who are all now starting with their new crops and shall have large volumes of coffee to sell.   The problem is however with the consumer market traders reluctant to price fix and carry significant volumes of new crop stocks in terms of the potential to have to finance margin calls against rising futures market values, for the producers to encourage sales of new crop stocks in volume.

Thus one might expect and particularly so for the arabica coffees, to see rising competition between the producers to attract good value sales and this competition might be expected to be negative for export differentials relative to the New York market.   However if the delayed start to the rains in Brazil at the end of the month is followed by good rains for the coming month and the market starts to dip, one might expect to see some increase in consumer market buying interest, but with differentials needing to be relatively modest, for the trade to feel safe to take on such stocks and one would still foresee reason for softer washed arabica coffee differentials into the first quarter of the new year.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed on Friday to register this at 121.70 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 55.22% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 4,190 bags on Friday, to register these stocks at 2,389,747 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 7,200 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 7,955 bags.

The commodity markets were mostly side lined on Friday by the focus on the declining equity markets, which were reacting negatively to the prospects for softer global medium term growth.  The Cocoa, Cotton, Copper, Corn, Wheat, Soybean, Gold and Platinum markets showed some buoyancy, while the Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, Coffee, Orange Juice and Silver markets tended softer for the day.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.46% lower; to see this Index registered at 491.32.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.612 to Sterling and 1.268 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and is selling at $ 88.40 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day with follow through buoyancy on Friday, but with the New York market losing its way and heading back into negative in thin early afternoon trade, while the London market remained relatively steady.  This dip in New York was however short lived and the market soon recovered as the afternoon progressed and moved back into positive territory, while the London market maintained its steady sideways stance.   The New York market once again lost its lustre in continued lacklustre trade, to slip back and join the London market on its sideways track.    The markets lost some more weight as the afternoon progressed, but with both shedding some of their losses near to the end of the day.   The London market ended the day on a soft note but having recovered 35.3% of the earlier losses of the day, while the New York market likewise ended the day on a soft note and having recovered 60.3% of the earlier losses of the day by the close.  This soft close might not be seen to be negative for sentiment, as the weather problems for Brazil remain in play and one might expect to see a steady to buoyant start for early trade today against the prices set on Friday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2159 – 22                                                DEC     220.40 – 1.25
JAN      2176 – 19                                                MAR    224.20 – 1.25
MAR     2186 – 19                                                MAY    226.05 – 1.15
MAY     2197 – 19                                                 JUL    227.35 – 0.95
JUL      2208 – 19                                                 SEP    227.85 – 0.70
SEP      2217 – 19                                                DEC    227.60 – 0.95
NOV     2214 – 19                                                MAR    226.95 – 1.10
JAN      2204 – 19                                                MAY    226.35 – 1.10
MAR     2204 – 19                                                 JUL    225.60 – 1.10
MAY     2197 – 19                                                 SEP    225.15 – 1.05

10th. October, 2014.
With apparently still a week and half to perhaps even two weeks or so prior to the start of the rain season for the South East of Brazil and therefore the main central and southern arabica coffee districts of the country, the reports are that not only are ground water retention levels falling rapidly, but so too the water reservoirs within these districts.   Thus the weather in Brazil continues to buoy market sentiment within the New York market, with the London robusta market following suit in a more restrained manner.

Meanwhile with the countries exporters seemingly well covered in stocks of both past and present crop coffees to support their short term forward contract export commitments and with many fearing the cost of funding margin calls for hedged stocks, the internal market in Brazil is relatively lacklustre in nature.   With many eager to sell into the prevailing relatively high priced market farmers, struggling to find buying interest from the countries exporters.

What is noticeable is the free selling activity on the part of the Brazilian coffee farmers over the past year, with coffee exports from Brazil for the first nine months of this calendar year already having reached 26.6 million bags and the cumulative exports for the past twelve months having reached a record 35.6 million bags.   These figures tending to illustrate the higher percentages of natural arabica coffees being used within the consumer market blends, in reaction to the relatively high prices for the washed arabica coffees.   The gap in prices between the washed arabica coffees and the natural arabica coffees is however starting to narrow in terms of the more aggressive selling activity out of Colombia and for forward sales from Honduras and thus one might speculate, that this shall add to the present slower selling activity out of Brazil.

The Brazilian Export Council has nevertheless reported that Brazil registered a 7.8% increase in coffee exports for the month of September at 2.94 million bags relative to the same month last year, but a much healthier 42.9% increase in the value of these sales relative to the same month last year.   This sharp increase in the value of the country’s exports would indicate that while the volume of sales might be dropping off for the countries farmers, their financial situation has significantly improved and that they are now better able to finance the carry of new crop coffee stocks.  This situation is further reducing the selling activity out of Brazil, which removes some of the negative effects of price fixation hedge selling over the New York market and thus assisting to further buoy this market.

While the subject of Roya or Leaf Rust has not raised its head within the coffee news in the recent months, the problem remains for the Mexican and Central American farmers.    But with the much improved reference prices of the New York market and the related profitability from coffee sales is assisting along with various state supported programs within the individual countries, for farmers to invest in the inputs necessary to counter this infestation.   Thus for the present the earlier forecasts for overall larger crops from the coming new crop harvest, would appear to be realistic.   Albeit that there are many farmers within this region, who are still complaining of the struggle to finance their battle against Roya.

The Climate Prediction Centre in the U.S.A. has reported that they foresee an El Nino phenomenon starting to come into play within the Pacific Ocean by the first quarter of the coming year.   But for the present they expect that this shall only be a mild El Nino and therefore one would guess, that the El Nino shall have little influence upon Pacific Rim coffee production for the coming year.  In fact marginally drier weather in terms of Colombia and Peru would assist to reduce the impact upon the wet weather inspired Leaf Rust or Roya fungus upon the coffee trees, while an El Nino does usually bring increased rainfall to South East Brazil and could be beneficial to the development of the next 2015 crop.   So long as the rains do finally start by the end of this month, to bring with them new flowerings and continue into the new year, to set this potentially relatively modest new crop.

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 122.09 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 55.08% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were unchanged yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,385,557 bags.   There was meanwhile a 2,325 bags increase to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 15,155 bags.

The commodity markets were mixed but overall the macro commodity index remained relatively steady yesterday, as was the U.S. dollar steady for the day.  The Natural Gas, Cocoa, London robusta Coffee, Copper, Corn, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had a day of buoyancy and the New York arabica Coffee market experienced another sharp rally for the day, while the Oil, Sugar, Cotton, Orange Juice and Wheat markets had a softer days trade.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.06% higher; to see this Index registered at 493.58.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.612 to Sterling and 1.270 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil remains soft in early trade and is selling at $ 87.65 per barrel.

The London market started the day yesterday on a softer track but was soon followed by a positive start for the New York market, which had its influence upon sentiment within the London market and a resulting recovery and with both markets maintaining a positive track into the afternoon and through for the rest of the day.  The London market ended the day on a firm note and with 70.8% of the earlier gains of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a very firm note and with 90.6% of the gains of the day intact.   This positive close likely to inspire a follow through steady to buoyant start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2181 + 30                                               DEC     221.65 + 7.20
JAN      2195 + 34                                               MAR    225.45 + 7.15
MAR     2205 + 36                                               MAY    227.20 + 7.15
MAY     2216 + 38                                                JUL    228.30 + 7.20
JUL      2227 + 38                                                SEP    228.55 + 7.25
SEP      2236 + 39                                               DEC    228.55 + 7.25
NOV     2233 + 37                                               MAR    228.05 + 6.90
JAN      2223 + 27                                               MAY    227.45 + 6.70
MAR     2223 + 27                                               JUL     226.70 + 6.20
MAY     2216 + 27                                               SEP     226.20 + 5.85

9th. October, 2014.
The well respected Brazilian meteorologist Somar has reported that there might be some scattered showers in a weeks’ time, but that significant rainfall shall only enter the main central Brazil arabica coffee districts in approximately two weeks’ time.  This report further fuel the concerns over the late start to this year’s rain season in Brazil, with the report accompanied by reports of declining ground water retention levels, which indicates extreme stress for the coffee trees and further supports the many forecasts that this shall severely affect the potential of the next 2015 crop.

The present the general range of 2015 Brazil crop forecasts are very much in line with the F O Licht forecast for a 2015 Brazil crop of approximately 43 million bags, which would result in an approximately 9 million to 10 million bags deficit crop, so long as consumer market demand for Brazil coffees is retained at its present high levels.   There is however an approximate 3 million bags increase in overall washed arabica coffee supply due for the coming year and likewise an approximate 2 million bags increase in robusta coffee supply due during the coming year, which with the flexibility of consumer roaster blending, would take some of the bite out of such a deficit from Brazil.

Thus for the present the consumer market industry players and with relatively high consumer market stocks in hand, do not have reason to fear any disruption to overall coffee supply for the coming year and through to the middle of the following year.   There are however concerns over the influence that the funds and speculative sectors of the international coffee markets and with more emphasis upon the more volatile and related in terms of Brazil arabica coffees, shall have upon consumer market prices.    This so long as the funds continue to react to the declining Brazil arabica coffee supply could severely inflate wholesale prices and might have a market effect upon consumption within some markets, with the world’s largest market being Europe, already suffering from poor economic conditions.

Meanwhile despite rising levels of coffee exports being reported from Brazil, Colombia and Vietnam and with the former still shipping large volumes of carryover stocks from the 2013 crop, the world coffee supply to the consumer markets is overall flat.   This related to lower levels of coffee supply from most of the other producers who while dwarfed by Brazil and Vietnam in terms of supply, combine to flatten out the overall coffee supply to the still well stocked consumer market industries.   This is resulting in the consumer market industries for the present, remaining cautious and lacklustre in nature, with many buyers maintaining something of a hand to mouth approach to the market.  While the consumer market trade houses fearing the costs of margin calls for hedged coffee stocks, are reluctant buyers of longer term new crop stocks.

A survey of ten traders in Vietnam and with the new crop harvest starting, has resulted in an average forecast for the new Vietnam crop that is dominated by an approximate 96% share for the robusta coffees, of a close to last 28.17 million bags.    There is however some question as to the size of the past October 2013 to January 2014 crop in Vietnam, as with the combination of domestic consumption and the evidence of the export volumes over the past year, this crop would have seemed to have been much higher that most of the reports and presumably so if the new crop is to be similar in size, so too shall be the new crop.   While with the higher trading range for the coffee markets at present and the significant discount that is in play for the robusta coffees relative to arabica coffees, one might expect that with good robusta coffee supply from Vietnam and to be followed during next year by rising robusta coffee supply from India and Indonesia, that robusta coffees shall increase their share within the more price sensitive consumer market blends in the coming year.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 116.43 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 54.29% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 1,980 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,385,557 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 4,155 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 12,830 bags.

The commodity markets somewhat surprisingly did not react positively to the marginal reversal in the value of the U.S. dollar yesterday, with the dollar losing some of its lustre in line with the cautious statements emanating from the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, who indicate that they might not be rushing into raising dollar interest rates during the second half of next year.    The Orange Juice, Wheat and Corn markets did however have a day of buoyancy, while the Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, Cocoa, Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets ended the day tending softer for the day.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.46% lower; to see this Index registered at 493.28.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.618 to Sterling and 1.274 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is showing some degree of buoyancy and is selling at $ 91.00 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day on a softer note and in thin and lacklustre trade, but with the New York market starting to pick up support in the early afternoon and recovering to head back into positive territory and with the London market recovering its losses as the afternoon progressed, but both markets tended to falter at the end of the day to stall the upside track of the markets.   The London market continued to end the day on a soft note and with 59.1% of the earlier losses of the day intact, while the New York market also closed on a soft note and with 35.5% of the earlier losses of the day intact.   This soft close with the markets tending to lose their way at the end of the day is unlikely to inspire much better than a cautiously steady start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2151 – 25                                                DEC     214.45 – 1.90
JAN      2161 – 26                                                MAR    218.30 – 1.90
MAR     2169 – 26                                                MAY    220.05 – 1.85
MAY     2178 – 25                                                 JUL    221.10 – 1.60
JUL      2189 – 20                                                 SEP    221.30 – 1.50
SEP      2197 – 19                                                DEC    221.30 – 1.40
NOV     2196 – 19                                                MAR    221.15 – 1.45
JAN      2196 – 19                                                MAY    220.75 – 1.55
MAR     2196 – 19                                                 JUL    220.50 – 1.50
MAY     2189 – 19                                                 SEP    220.35 – 1.45

8th. October, 2014.
The Brazil Cooperative Cocatrel that represents approximately 5,000 coffee farmers has added its voice to the concerns over the prospects for the next 2015 Brazil crop, which are related to the late start to the Brazil rain season this year that instead of the rains coming in with some regularity in the first half of October, are now foreseen to only start their regular coverage from the last week of October onwards.   In this respect they have assessed that their Cooperatives 2015 crop potential might be as much as 30% lower than their normal production levels, as last registered in the 2013 crop.   This following their just completed crop this year, which they say was 40% lower than their 2013 crop.

The interesting factor about this report is the reference to a significant 40% dip in production for this year’s harvest from the previous year’s level, while for next year they are only talking about a 30% dip in potential production.  This rather contradicts the many other reports that concede that this year’s arabica coffee crop harvest was negatively affected by the partial drought during the first two months of this year, but with the potential for an even lower crop potential for next year.   Thus bringing in to question for the present, the accuracy of many of these reports and well illustrating that one needs to wait until December when post the November rains there shall be an ability to more accurately count the results of the flowerings and the budding new crop potential.

There is however in terms of the late start to the rains this year at least some more experience in terms of new 2015 crop evaluation as unlike the partial drought over January and February this year that was a first time experience for the Brazil farmers, there have been many years when rains have come late.    The worst having been in 1985, when the dry weather extended well into November and most certainly, did impact negatively upon production in 1986, albeit in the end, not as bad as some of the market supportive forecasts over December 1985 and January 1986 had indicated.

Albeit early in the month, the trade in Vietnam are talking in terms of coffee exports of mostly robusta coffees for the month of September being approximately 1.67 million bags.  These exports being related to the carryover stocks from the past crop, rather than the new crop coffees that are only due to start being harvested in the coming weeks.   One might comment that with most of these exports being related to existing forward contract commitments that that there is most probably some degree of accuracy to these trade estimates, as they have this data at hand.   There might however with the sudden surge in the reference prices of the London robusta coffee market over the past few days be some increase in discounted differential selling activity, which might with the related month end shipments slightly inflate this forecasted monthly export figure.  

There has however so far, not been much increase in selling aggression within the internal market in Vietnam, as the farm and internal trader past crop stocks are relatively low, with the majority of the carryover stocks being held mostly by the trade.   These latter stocks more often than not hedged at existing differentials, with negate the ability to further discount against the prices of the London market.   Thus eliminating the possibility of surging London prices to inspire short term aggressive selling and a flood of coffee to head toward not only the consumer roasters, but also to the alternative of the London Certified stocks.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 117.15 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 54.15% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 39 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,383,577 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 1,961 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 16,985 bags.

The commodity markets were mixed in trade yesterday with the now sideways track of the U.S. dollar tending to eliminate the negative effects of a firming dollar within many markets, but with the rising unemployment and flat economic prospects for the Euro zone bloc tending to dampen some spirits.   The Natural Gas, Sugar, London robusta Coffee, Cotton, Orange Juice, Wheat, Corn, Soybean and Gold markets had a day of buoyancy, while the Oil, Cocoa, New York arabica Coffee and Silver markets ended the day softer.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.30% higher; to see this Index registered at 495.54.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.606 to Sterling and 1.263 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and is selling at $ 90.55 per barrel.

The London market started the day yesterday taking a softer track and with some producer price fixation selling pressure hanging over the market, while the New York market following an initial steady start tended to soften slightly in thin trade.   Both markets did however move well into positive territory for the afternoon’s more active trade, but without any of the excitement that was experienced during the previous day and with the London market holding on to a steady sideways positive track for the rest of the day, but with the New York market coming under late in the day pressure to move back into negative territory.   The London market ended the day on a modestly positive note and with 71.4% of the gains of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a softer note and with 78.1% of the losses of the day intact.    This mixed close and with the more volatile New York market tending to falter late in the day, might be conducive for a cautious steady to soft start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2176 + 11                                                DEC     216.35 – 4.45
JAN      2187 + 10                                                MAR    220.20 – 4.25
MAR     2195 + 9                                                  MAY    221.90 – 4.20
MAY     2203 + 9                                                   JUL    222.70 – 4.10
JUL      2209 + 8                                                   SEP    222.80 – 3.85
SEP      2216 + 8                                                  DEC    222.70 – 3.90
NOV     2215 + 11                                                MAR    222.60 – 4.00
JAN      2215 + 15                                                MAY    222.30 – 4.05
MAR     2215 + 19                                                 JUL    222.00 – 4.15
MAY     2208 + 25                                                 SEP    221.80 – 3.90

7th. October, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the London robusta coffee market has seen the Non Commercial speculative sector of this market increase their net long position within this market by 19.58% during the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 30th. September;  to register a net long position of 26,753 Lots on the day.  This net long which is the equivalent of 4,458,833 bags has most likely been significantly increased during the period of mixed but overall positive trade, which has since followed.

The National Coffee Federation of Colombia have reported that the countries coffee production for the month of September was 52,000 bags or 6.05% higher than the same month last year, to total 912,000 bags.    While the countries coffee exports for the month were 149,000 bags or 21.88% higher than the same month last year, at a total of 830,000 bags.

This improved production performance and following many improved months has contributed to the Colombian cumulative production for the just completed October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year being 2,201,400 bags or 22.18% higher than the previous coffee year, at a total of 12,128,400 bags.   Likewise the countries cumulative exports for the just completed coffee year are 2,160,000 bags or 24.55% higher than the previous coffee year, at a total of 10,960,000 bags.

This very impressive performance from Colombia that had seen its El Nino and a following La Nina production dip to 7.7 million bags during the 2011/2012 coffee year, is forecasted with unforeseen weather issues aside, to increase further over the coming three to four years.   This steady increase related to the fact that there are many new plantings within the approximate 930,000 hectares of coffee farms that are still to come to maturity, with a target for annual crops that shall achieve at least 15 million bags per annum.   While one might guess that while the earlier forecasts were for a 2014/2015 crop of in excess of 12 million bags, that it is becoming more than likely that this new coffee year’s crop might well now exceed 13 million bags and likewise, exports to get closer to 12 million bags.

Thus with the more recent new crop forecasts from Mexico and Central America in mind and with the prospects for the next Peru crop to near to steady at around 4 million bags, one might estimate that fine washed arabica coffee supply from the Latin American producer bloc shall be in excess of 2.5 million bags higher for the coming calendar year.   To provide a combined crop of close to 36 million bags of mostly fine washed arabica coffees, to eliminate any risk of tight supply at the top end of the quality sector of the consumer markets.

This somewhat bearish fine washed arabica coffee news is however side-lined for the present by the weather news from Brazil where the forecasts for dry weather for the central and southern coffee districts in Brazil for this week which fuelled the rally in the New York market last week, have been followed by forecasts that this shall be followed by mostly dry weather for the following week.   This news and with accompanying forecasts that this shall be a reason for a 5 million bags to 6 million bags dip in mostly natural arabica coffee production for the 2015 Brazil crop, sparked the bulls within the New York market yesterday to set the market for strong rally from the start.

This rally triggered a host of stop loss price fixes and speculative and fund buy stops and perhaps accompanied by some trade hedge lifting, to see the market surge to two and half year highs.   The longer range forecasts are however for a wet end to the month and thereon for the month of November and thus one might think that with pocket relatively full that there might be reason to believe that the market is getting closer to a good value ceiling.   But no one can out guess the funds and thus yesterday’s excitement, might not have been the last lap of the coffee Grand Prix.

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 122.05 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 55.28% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 825 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,383,616 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 4,335 bags increase to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 18,946 bags.

The commodity markets were assisted yesterday by a modest reversal in the recent fortunes of the U.S. dollar, with the majority of the markets returning to some degree of buoyancy.   The Oil, Sugar, Cocoa, Cotton, Copper, Orange Juice, Wheat, Corn, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets showing buoyancy and the Coffee markets surged, while the Natural Gas market had a softer day’s trade.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 1.70% higher; to see this Index registered at 494.08.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.607 to Sterling and 1.262 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and is selling at $ 91.95 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day with a bang, with the speculative sector of the markets coming into forceful play and with both markets making a positive move against further medium term dry weather reports for Brazil, which immediately started to trigger buy stops and to cause a sharp rally within the markets.  This rally was accompanied by a similar rally for the more London market, which added less aggressive but nevertheless significant value.   The London market continued to end the day on a very positive note and with 94.4% of the gains of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a very firm note and with 75.3% of the earlier gains of the day intact.   This very positive close in constructive for the markets, but unless there is an immediate follow through one might see some profit taking and hedge selling coming into play for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                
NOV     2165 + 85                                               DEC     220.80 + 14.30
JAN      2177 + 84                                               MAR    224.45 + 14.15
MAR     2186 + 84                                               MAY    226.10 + 14.05
MAY     2194 + 84                                                JUL    226.80 + 13.70
JUL      2201 + 85                                               SEP     226.65 + 13.45
SEP      2208 + 85                                              DEC     226.60 + 13.05
NOV     2204 + 74                                              MAR     226.60 + 12.65
JAN      2200 + 65                                              MAY     226.35 + 12.40
MAR     2196 + 85                                               JUL     226.15 + 12.20
MAY     2183 + 96                                               SEP     225.70 + 11.25

6th. October, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the washed arabica coffee New York market has seen the shorter term in nature Managed Money Fund sector of the market increase their net long position within this market by 10.38% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 30th. September;  to register a net long position of 38,175 Lots on the day.  Over the same period the longer term in nature and steadier Index Fund sector of this market decreased their net long position within the market by 3.17%, to register a net long on the day of 44,955 Lots.

During this same week of trade the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market increased their net long position within the market by 18.7%, to register a net long of 27,206 lots on the day.   This net long position that is the equivalent of 7,712,780 bags has most likely been significantly increased over the period of overall more positive trade that has since followed and likewise, the net long position of the Managed Money Funds.

The National Coffee Council of Nicaragua have reported that following last year’s crop of 1.51 million bags and with the evidence of a nicely developing new crop on the trees, that they forecast a 7% increase in the size of their new crop that shall soon start to come into harvest and therefore, a new crop of approximately 1.61 million bags.   These figures are however somewhat conservative in terms of the evidence of the exports from the past crop that by August had already totalled 1,624,015 bags and figures that supported private trade and industry assessment of the past crop at approximately 1.8 million bags, but the private trade and industry reports to agree that the new crop shall be a potentially larger crop.  These reports indicating a new crop of approximately 1.9 to 2 million bags.

This report follows Wednesday’s report from the National Coffee Institute of Honduras which has forecasted an approximate 20% increase in the size of their new crop, to add an additional 1 million bags of regional fine washed arabica coffee supply for the consumer markets and based on a new crop of approximately 5.4 million bags.   While private trade and industry forecasts are also forecasting larger new crops for Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador and therefore and approximate 2 million bags in overall regional fine washed arabica coffee supply from their combined new crops, to see the regional production with the inclusion of Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic total in excess of 18 million bags.

Of course these numbers in terms of the increase in overall fine washed arabica coffee supply from Mexico and Central America while impressive, are dwarfed by the potential damage in world overall coffee supply that might come with a partial drought in Brazil and its damage to the potential for the next 2015 crop.   Thus with the weather forecasts from Brazil presently indicating generally dry weather for the main central arabica coffee districts for this week, the concerns over the prospects for the next Brazil crop easily counter the negative effects of rising washed arabica coffee supply for sentiment, within the presently bullish speculative sector of the New York market.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed on Friday to register this at 111.56 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 54.02% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 6,250 bags on Friday, to register these stocks at 2,382,791 bags.   There was meanwhile a smaller in volume 4,675 bags increase to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 14,611 bags.

The Certified Robusta coffee stocks held against the London market were seen to increase by 245,667 bags or 15.21% over the two weeks of trade leading up to Monday 29th. September, to register these stocks at 1,861,117 bags.   This increase in the stocks was to be expected and one might think that now that the price structure of the London market is friendly to the carry of stocks, that they can be expected to steadily increase over the coming months.  

The commodity markets were mostly on the back foot on Friday, with the good economic figures from the U.S.A. and the muscle of the U.S. dollar impacting negatively within many of the markets.  The Natural Gas, Sugar. London robusta Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Wheat and Corn markets had a day of buoyancy, while the Oil, Cocoa, New York arabica Coffee, Orange Juice, Soybean, Gold and Silver markets had a softer day’s trade.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.54% lower; to see this Index registered at 485.84.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.598 to Sterling and 1.253 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and is selling at $ 91.65 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day with both markets showing some hesitant but early buoyancy in thin trade, but with both markets taking a dip in afternoon’s trade against some light producer price fixation hedge selling.   This was however short lived and the markets recovered and headed back into positive territory, with the speculative sector of the New York market remaining largely supportive and shrugging off the temptation to take pre-weekend profits.   The London market continued to end the day on a positive note and with 83.9% of the earlier gains of the day intact, but with the New York market losing its way by the end of the day’s trade and moving back into negative territory to end the day on a softer note, with 65.6% of the losses of the day intact.    This rather mixed close and with the speculative sector of the markets most probably experiencing some degree of exhaustion, is likely to set the markets for a cautiously hesitant steady start for early trade today against the prices set on Friday, as follows:  

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.                                                  
                                                
NOV      2080 + 27                                              DEC     206.50 – 2.10
JAN      2093 + 26                                               MAR    210.30 – 2.20
MAR     2102 + 24                                               MAY    212.05 – 2.15
MAY     2110 + 22                                                JUL    213.10 – 2.25
JUL      2116 + 22                                                SEP    213.20 – 2.15
SEP      2123 + 21                                               DEC    213.55 – 2.05
NOV     2130 + 20                                               MAR    213.95 – 1.90
JAN      2135 + 20                                               MAY    213.95 – 2.00
MAR     2111 + 20                                                JUL    213.95 – 2.10
MAY     2087 + 20                                                SEP    214.95 – 1.95

3rd. October, 2014.

The coffee markets are currently guided by the influence of the speculative sector and the prevailing weather market, which has seen a continuation of reports supporting the news of a lack of rain thus far into October and continues to bolster sentiment.  These reports highlight concerns that are being raised over the thus far erratic rains over Brazil and the potential impact on the 2015 crop to come.  The forecasts meanwhile are mostly for precipitation to move into the main coffee growing areas in Brazil within the latter half of this month.  These weather developments and the effect upon the overall potential of the new crop to come will no doubt continue to draw speculative attention as the Brazil 2015/16 coffee crop progresses. 

There is meanwhile, presently a steady supply of Brazil arabica coffees coming to the consumer markets and this is likely to continue, with the support of the improved levels in New York and a weaker Brazil Real that is trading at 2.49 to the US Dollar today, to inspire origin selling activity.  Similarly, the new Colombia and Central America washed arabica and Vietnam robusta coffee harvests are soon to come into play, which would indicate that the already relatively well stocked consumer markets are, at least for the time being, able to watch these latest Brazil weather developments from the side lines.

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 118.74 usc/Lb., while this equates to a very attractive 55.88% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.  This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 1,989 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,389,041 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 5,554 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 9,936 bags. 

The commodity markets were mixed yesterday, many markets tending to lower and the influential energy markets softer on the day.  The commodity markets would appear to have absorbed the latest round of bearish economic figures to come from China, ahead of the Unites States Employment data to be released later today. It was a softer day for the Oil markets, Cocoa, Cotton, Copper, Orange Juice, Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium.  It was a mildly firmer day for Sugar, Wheat, Corn, Soybean and the Robusta coffee market near unchanged, whereas it was another positive close for Arabica coffee yesterday. The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.27% lower; to see this Index registered at 488.47.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar trading at 1.612 to Sterling and 1.264 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and is selling at $ 92.95 per barrel.

The London market opened the day yesterday in some buoyancy, which was followed by a firmer on opening market in New York.  The early buoyancy within New York yesterday met with speculative triggers along the way and the market registered a rapid 6.76% increase in value within the morning session.  The London robusta market followed suit although in less volatility and both markets settled into a new trading range with gains mostly intact although in somewhat choppy trade in New York, which registered a hefty 41,971 lots in total volume by the end of the session.  As the day progressed sellers returned to both markets to apply pressure to the gains made which in London was rapidly shed toward the latter half of the day.  London went on to lose 2.66% of the gains and a finish hardly changed on the day.  The downward seller pressure in New York was countered in the latter session to see this market retain 4.19% of the gains on the day, to set the close yesterday, in a positive range, as follows: 

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.            

NOV 2053 – 1                          DEC    208.60 + 8.20
JAN      2067 – 1                  MAR 212.50 + 8.00
MAR     2078 – 1                                  MAY   214.20 + 7.45
MAY     2088 Unch          JUL         215.35 + 7.35 
JUL      2094 Unch          SEP         215.35 + 7.20
SEP      2102 + 2          DEC         215.60 + 7.20
NOV     2110 + 4          MAR   215.85 + 7.15
JAN      2115 + 4          MAY   215.95 + 6.95
MAR     2091 + 7          JUL   216.05 + 6.80
MAY     2067 + 7                  SEP     216.40 + 6.65 

2nd. October, 2014.
The National Coffee Institute of Costa Rica have reported that the countries coffee exports for the month of September were 8,505 bags or 22.57% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 62,160 bags.  This has contributed to the countries cumulative exports for the just completed October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year being 145,346 bags or 10.43% lower than the previous coffee year, at a total of 1,247,727 bags.

The National Coffee Institute of Honduras have reported that the countries coffee exports for the month of August were 35,306 bags or 71.27% higher than the same month last year, at a total of 84,842 bags.  This has contributed to the countries cumulative exports for the just completed October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year being 116,139 bags or 2.68% lower than the previous coffee year, at a total of 4,223,882 bags.

The National Coffee Institute of Honduras and with the new crop coffee cherries getting closer to maturity have raised their earlier new crop forecast from their already positive forecast in June, to now forecast an approximate 20% increase in production for the new crop, which they now peg at approximately 5.4 million bags.   This figure with a relatively modest domestic consumption of approximately 276,000 bags per annum aside, would add approximately 1 million bags of increase in export potential from Honduras for this new October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year, to see exports in excess of 5.2 million bags.

The preliminary coffee export figures from Brazil have seen the countries coffee exports for the month of September being 302,700 bags or 12.3% higher than the same month last year, at a total of 2,763,100 bags.   These exports that are dominated by the natural arabica coffees from past crop stocks and new crop coffees, continuing to buoy consumer market stocks of Brazil coffees ahead of the higher volume winter roasting season within the main northern hemisphere consumer markets.

The recovery for the reference prices of the London market over the past couple of days can be expected to bring some increase in internal market selling activity of the remaining past crop stocks, but one cannot expect too much excitement for a few weeks still and until the new crop harvest starts to come into play by early next month.   Thus one cannot expect too much in terms of the negative effects of exporter price fixation hedge selling coming to this market, which is presently tending to track the more volatile activities within the New York arabica coffee market.

The well respected analysts Coffee Network have added to the bullish Brazil related news yesterday, by talking in terms of a 15% dip in the size of the next 2015 Brazil crop that shall be negatively affected by the slow start to the new rain season.  This factor in terms of their assessment of the just completed new crop of 47 million bags would indicate a 2015 Brazil crop that would be marginally below 40 million bags, which they say would contribute to a coffee supply for the October 2015 to September 2016 coffee year of approximately 144.9 million bags and therefore, a follow on world deficit coffee supply through to at least the second half of 2016.

This news added to the supportive mix of reports and the markets were once again buoyed yesterday by these reports and the continued concern over the erratic rains in Brazil, with so many now pointing towards the 40 million bags number for the coming year.   Meanwhile and until the rains pick up in volume and it would seem in terms of the main central arabica coffee districts in Brazil that this might not happen until closer to the end of this month, the New York market would appear to have the prospects of some degree of short term muscle.

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 106.60 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 53.19% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 3,353 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,387,052 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 4,859 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 15,490 bags.

The commodity markets were mixed yesterday, but with many markets tending to steady and likewise, the macro commodity index. The firm nature of the U.S. dollar did however remain a dominant factor for many markets, to supress any significant chances of a recovery, with the exception of the rally within the Coffee markets.  The Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Orange Juice, Wheat, Corn, Soybean, Gold and Silver markets had a day of buoyancy, while the Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, Cocoa and Platinum markets had a softer day’s trade.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.12% higher; to see this Index registered at 489.79.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar marginally softer and trading at 1.621 to Sterling and 1.263 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and is selling at $ 92.95 per barrel.

The London market opened the day yesterday with light selling pressure taking value lower but followed by a steady start for the New York market which soon started to add value and with technical support, assisting to add more value as the afternoon progressed.    This follow through buoyancy for the New York market soon started to have some effect upon sentiment within the London market and a modest recover, to see both markets enter the afternoon’s trade taking a positive track and with buy stops being triggered, adding value to both markets.   This positive track was sustained for the rest of the day and the London market continued to end the day on a positive note and with 96.8% of the gains of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a likewise positive note and with 82.9% of the gains of the day intact.   This overall positive close is supportive for sentiment and one might expect to see a near to steady start for early trade today, against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.                                                  
                                                
NOV      2054 + 62                                              DEC     200.40 + 7.05
JAN      2068 + 61                                               MAR    204.50 + 7.05
MAR     2079 + 61                                               MAY    206.75 + 6.90
MAY     2088 + 61                                                JUL    208.00 + 6.75
JUL      2094 + 59                                                SEP    208.15 + 6.50
SEP      2100 + 57                                               DEC     208.40 + 6.45
NOV     2106 + 65                                               MAR     208.70 + 6.45
JAN      2111 + 64                                               MAY     209.00 + 6.50
MAR     2084 + 64                                                JUL     209.25 + 6.45
MAY     2060 + 64                                                SEP     209.75 + 6.65

1st. October, 2014.
The general opinion was that the last Vietnam crop was approximately 28 million bags and made up from approximately 26.9 million bags of robusta coffee and 1.1 million bags of arabica coffee.   There was of course approximately 3.4 million bags carryover stocks into this new crop in October last year, but it is something of a surprise with estimates for coffee exports for this month that would bring the October 2013 to September 2014 coffee exports up to 27.33 million bags, that Vietnam traders have estimated carryover stocks into the coming month of approximately 5 million bags.

These figures already make one question the actual size of the past October 2013 to January 2014 harvest, but when one considers a domestic market that is absorbing approximately 1.8 million bags, it does really make one think that the production estimates might have been overly conservative.   Thus it is not a surprise that there are now some traders in Vietnam who are talking of a past crop of having exceeded 30 million bags, which with not much in the way of a decline expected for the new crop, might likewise raise private trade and industry forecasts for the new crop that starts this month.

Meanwhile despite the apparent good supply of mostly robusta coffees from Vietnam, the relatively soft nature of the reference prices of the London market and the complacent attitude of the well-stocked consumer market industries is contributing to lacklustre trading activity within Vietnam.   One would think however that as soon as the new crop coffees start to hit the market in more volume in November and with the price structure of the London market attractive for the finance and carry of stocks, that one might see some increase in trade buying and likewise by early next year, and increase in the levels of the certified stocks held against the London market.  

Government export statistics from Sumatra the main coffee producing island of Indonesia have reported that the islands robusta coffee exports in September were 573,912 bags or 62.08% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 350,596 bags.    This modest total follows relatively modest robusta coffee export totals for the preceding five months and therefore the cumulative robusta coffee exports from Sumatra for just completed October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year are 2,071,075 bags or 34.93% lower than the same period in the previous coffee year, at a total of 3,858,445 bags.

This lower performance does despite rising domestic consumption within Indonesia that is impacting upon coffee stocks available for export, assist to provide some confirmation for the many reports that have indicated a lower new coffee crop for Sumatra this year.   With relatively low export volumes expected to continue for the next six to seven months and until such time as the potentially larger new crop shall start to come into play, so long as there are no further unforeseen weather problems for the island.   However the tighter robusta coffee supply from Indonesia is of no real concern for the consumer market robusta coffee buyers, who look to a good and steady medium to long term supply from Vietnam.

The markets were buoyed yesterday by further reports of concern over the erratic rains in Brazil, with some reports coming out with a new Brazil crop of below 44 million bags and some even hinting that if October remains relatively dry, a crop that might be might be lower than 40 million bags for next year.  All of these reports over the past couple of weeks, not being countered by any reports that talk in more positive numbers for Brazil for the coming year.  Thus for the present, these are numbers that fuel and support the speculative bulls within the market.

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 102.31 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 52.91% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 1,820 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,383,699 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 7,490 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 20,349 bags.

The commodity markets encountered an overall reversal in fortunes yesterday with the firm U.S. dollar dampening spirits within many markets, which took the macro commodity index lower.  The Coffee, Orange Juice and Platinum markets had a day of buoyancy, while the Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, Cocoa, Cotton, Copper, Wheat, Corn, Soybean, Gold and Silver markets had a softer day’s trade.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.95% lower; to see this Index registered at 489.22.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar showing buoyancy and trading at 1.618 to Sterling and 1.261 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 92.60 per barrel.

The London market and New York markets both started the day yesterday with a degree of follow through buoyancy in thin trade, but with the markets starting to come under pressure early in the afternoon’s trade, to see both markets head back below par and into negative territory.   This was however short lived as a modest recovery soon in terms of the prevailing thin trade, accentuated the technical buy stops within the market and set for somewhat sudden rally, which was mirrored by the positive nature of the London market.    The London market continued to end the day on a strong note and near to its highs of the day, while the New York market encountered some selling pressure later in the day but nevertheless ended the day on a positive note and with only 34.7% of the earlier gains of the day intact.    The hesitancy experienced later in the day in New York might well encourage some producer price fixation selling for the London market, while one might expect a cautiously steady start for the New York market for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:  

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.                                                  
                                                
NOV     1992 + 29                                               DEC     193.35 + 2.10
JAN      2007 + 29                                               MAR    197.45 + 2.05
MAR     2018 + 28                                               MAY    199.85 + 2.00
MAY     2027 + 27                                                JUL    201.25 + 2.00
JUL      2035 + 29                                                SEP    201.65 + 2.00
SEP      2043 + 31                                               DEC    201.95 + 1.90
NOV     2041 + 24                                               MAR    202.25 + 1.85
JAN      2047 + 24                                               MAY    202.50 + 1.80
MAR     2020 + 24                                                JUL    202.80 + 1.85
MAY     2020 + 24                                                SEP    203.10 + 1.80

30th. September, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the London robusta coffee market has seen the Non Commercial speculative sector of this market decrease their net long position within this market by 17.48% during the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 23rd. September;  to register a net long position of 22,373 Lots on the day.  This net long which is the equivalent of 3,728,833 bags has most likely been marginally increased during the period of mixed but overall positive trade, which has since followed.

The scattered rain showers for the main central and south arabica coffee districts in Brazil last week and over the weekend have been overall quite modest and with only modest rains forecast for the next couple of weeks, the concerns over the prospects for the next 2015 Brazil arabica coffee crop are coming back into play for the related New York market.   This has resulted in a degree of cautious buoyancy for the New York market yesterday, which was not mirrored to the same degree within the relatively flat London robusta coffee market.

Meanwhile with the latest assessments of the present Brazil crop and forecasts for the next Brazil crop having been modest in volume, with these being related to the Brazil government’s Crop Supply Agency and the F O Licht reports on the 16th. and 26th. September respectively, the market sentiment has been modestly bullish in nature.    With what would seem to be little due to dampen spirits within the New York market, until there are reports of good rains within Brazil, which might assist to add further buoyancy to the market.

What has been noticeable over the recent weeks is the lack of early winter season buying aggression on the part of the main northern hemisphere consumer market industries, which is not only related to the good levels of consumer stocks but also to some insecurity in terms of clarity as to the reality of next year’s Brazil crop.  This uncertainty influencing a cautious stance on the part of the majority of the industry players, who look beyond Brazil to the prospects of increased coffee supply for the coming year from all the major producer blocs, with the exception of the still difficult to read Brazil.  

One might however be safe to assume that even with good rains for Brazil by the second half of October and from thereon, that the next Brazil crop shall at best be a modest rather than bumper crop and therefore despite increases in supply from the other producer blocs that it is unlikely that the deficit supply situation shall change before 2016 and therefore, it is left to the still substantial stocks to carry the industry for the coming year and into the second half of the following year.  Thus making one think that the downside for the more volatile and leading New York market is limited and that the present trading range has a degree of security, albeit that the advent of good rains might well see the market return to the lower side of this relatively broad 175 to 210 usc/Lb. trading range.

In the meantime while the arabica coffee market continues to post erratic and relatively sharp moves on a day to day basis, that London robusta market is seemingly settled within a thinner well supplied trading range, with producer selling activity relatively subdued for the present, in reaction to the relatively soft reference prices of the well discounted London robusta coffee market.   This market tending to look towards the nearby start of another large new Vietnam crop, which shall along with the prospects for larger new robusta coffee crops from Indonesia and India, guarantee safe robusta coffee supply for the foreseeable future.  

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 102.21 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 53.44% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 250 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,381,879 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 1,375 bags increase to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 27,839 bags.

The commodity markets were overall positive yesterday, following the past week of steady overall losses within the markets.   The Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, Coffee, Copper, Orange Juice, Wheat, Corn, Soybean, Gold and Silver markets showed buoyancy and the Cocoa market was steady, while the Cotton market tended softer for the day.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.92% higher; to see this Index registered at 493.92.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar near to steady and trading at 1.625 to Sterling and 1.269 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 96.25 per barrel.

The London market and New York markets both started the day yesterday on a softer note and within and environment of thin trade, but with the New York market recovering as the morning progressed and finally having an influence to see both markets enter the afternoons trade on a positive track.   The fortunes of the New York market were however very erratic and with the continued thin trade accentuating the moves, to see the market shrug off a bout of negative price fixation pressure and to regain its muscle during the afternoon and gaining some added supportive input from the positive nature of the macro commodity index.   The London market continued to end the day on a modestly positive note and with only 34.8% of the earlier gains of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a much more positive note and with 88.1% of the earlier gains of the day intact.    This strong close on the part of the New York market might assist to inspire some degree of confidence and set the markets for a follow through positive start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                  
SEP      1968 + 9                                                           
NOV     1963 + 8                                                 DEC     191.25 + 5.20
JAN      1978 + 9                                                 MAR    195.40 + 5.15
MAR     1990 + 10                                               MAY    197.85 + 5.15
MAY     2000 + 10                                                JUL    199.25 + 5.05
JUL      2006 + 7                                                  SEP    199.65 + 4.95
SEP      2012 + 7                                                 DEC    200.05 + 4.95
NOV     2017 + 6                                                 MAR    200.40 + 4.85
JAN      2023 + 6                                                 MAY    200.70 + 4.75
MAR     1996 + 6                                                  JUL    200.95 + 4.55

29th. September, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the washed arabica coffee New York market has seen the shorter term in nature Managed Money Fund sector of the market decrease their net long position within this market by 5.74% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 23rd. September;  to register a net long position of 34,586 Lots on the day.  Over the same period the longer term in nature and steadier Index Fund sector of this market increased their net long position within the market by 0.29%, to register a net long on the day of 46,427 Lots.

During this same week of trade the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market decreased their net long position within the market by 15.07%, to register a net long of 22,920 lots on the day.   This net long position that is the equivalent of 6,497,718 bags has most likely been marginally increased over the period of overall more positive trade that has since followed and likewise, the net long position of the Managed Money Funds.

Coffee exports from the producer bloc of Central America, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Peru but excluding the unreported exports from Mexico for the month of August, were 16.5% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 2.16 million bags.    This contributed to the cumulative exports for this fine washed arabica coffee producer bloc for the first eleven months of the present October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year being 4.81% lower than the same period in the previous coffee year, at a total of 25.64 million bags.   One would guess from previous years experiences that the unreported exports from Mexico over this period would have been close to 3 million bags and therefore, combined regional exports for these eleven months of close to 28.5 million bags.  

The German based analysts F O Licht reported on Friday morning that due to the damage done to the trees in the central arabica coffee districts over the partial drought in January and February this year, that they forecast the next 2015 Brazil crop to be a very modest 43 million bags.    This following their forecast for the present assessment of the present crop being 46 million bags, which is a relatively modest number compared to many other respectable private trade and industry reports.   Thus for the present with the questionable present crop number in mind, one would think that the even more modest forecast for next year’s crop might likewise be seen by many, to be somewhat questionable in its reliability.   There nevertheless was something of a modest recovery for the thinly traded markets on Friday, post the issue of this report.

The same F O Licht report has estimated that due to this year’s smaller Brazil crop that global coffee supply for the October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year shall be a deficit one of 145.5 million bags, as against global consumption of 152.9 million bags.    This 7.4 million bags deficit that is based on a Brazil crop of 46 million bags would if the Brazil factor were adjusted to the levels most are now talking, would be more in line with many other expectations of a deficit for the coming coffee year of around 5 million bags.   A deficit that for the medium term is easily countered by the good carryover stocks into the new coffee year and therefore a factor that is only modestly supportive for market sentiment, which is now more focused upon the prospects for the next 2015 Brazil crop and thereon, the global coffee supply for the October 2015 to September 2016 coffee year.

The Vietnam government forecasted on Friday that the country would export approximately 1.67 million bags of mostly robusta coffees in September, which would contribute to the country exporting 27.33 million bags of coffee over the present October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year.   This figure is approximately 15.5% higher than the country’s exports for the previous coffee year, with perhaps the lower volumes of exports from a smaller Indonesian robusta coffee crop this year, assisting for Vietnam to attract steady buying interest.

Meanwhile in terms of value the Vietnam Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development have reported that the countries combined agro-forestry-fishery exports for the first nine months of 2014 were 11.4% higher than the same period last year, at a total of 22.66 billion U.S. dollars.    The value of coffee exports for this period was 12.4% of the total, at 2.81 billion U.S. dollars and therefore, well on the way to register a value of coffee exports well in excess of 3 billion U.S. dollars for the year.

Coffee being the leading player in terms of the countries agro exports and slightly higher than their rice exports that accounted for 10.1% of the value of overall agro-forestry-fishery exports for the first nine months of this year, but well behind the 24.93% share of the value of these exports that came from the seafood sector and the 19.46% share of the forestry related products.    The coffee share is nevertheless a significant one and thus one can presume, that the Vietnam coffee industry shall retain a good degree of respect on the part of the countries authorities for the foreseeable future.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 997.37 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 52.34% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 850 bags on Friday, to register these stocks at 2,382,129 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 2,200 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 26,464 bags.

The commodity markets were mixed on Friday and continued to be supressed by the positive nature of the U.S. dollar, which is dampening spirits within many markets but the overall macro commodity index took a positive stance for the day.   The Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Orange Juice, Wheat and Silver markets nevertheless had a positive day’s trade, while the Cocoa, Corn, Soybean and Gold markets tended softer for the day.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.50% higher; to see this Index registered at 489.43.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar maintaining its muscle and trading at 1.622 to Sterling and 1.267 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 94.85 per barrel.

The London market and New York markets both started the day on Friday taking a modestly softer stance and within an environment of thin trade, but with both markets soon making a recovery and entering the afternoon on a modestly positive track.   The London market soon lost its way again and headed back into negative territory, while the New York market slipped back to par and with both markets then starting on a sideways track that was either side of par, but to be followed by a sudden rally in New York and with buy stops accentuating the gains that were mirrored by a positive stance developing in London.  The London market continued to end the day on a positive note and with 73.3% of the gains of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a positive note with 63.6% of the gains of the day intact.   This positive close is mildly supportive for sentiment today but with a firming U.S. dollar and the related weaker Brazil Real in play, the markets might well come under some degree of price fixation selling pressure as the day progresses against the prices set on Friday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                  
SEP      1959 + 11                                                         
NOV     1955 + 11                                               DEC     186.05 + 3.75
JAN      1969 + 12                                               MAR    190.25 + 3.75
MAR     1980 + 10                                               MAY    192.70 + 3.75
MAY     1990 + 8                                                  JUL    194.20 + 3.70
JUL      1999 + 5                                                  SEP    194.70 + 3.65
SEP      2005 + 9                                                 DEC    195.10 + 3.60
NOV     2011 + 9                                                 MAR    195.55 + 3.55
JAN      2017 + 9                                                 MAY    195.95 + 3.50
MAR     1990 + 9                                                  JUL    196.40 + 3.50

26th. September, 2014.
There are presently only scattered rains over some of the South Eastern coffee districts of Brazil and with these expected to continue over the coming week, but with only scattered showers so far predicted for the majority of the main south and central arabica coffee districts.   The conditions are however becoming hot and humid in general and this is conducive for rains to come and for the present, the prospects are for more general rains in the coming weeks.   The uncertainty of the volume and coverage of the forthcoming rains does remain a factor to generate speculative reaction and one might expect that the coming weeks shall see the volatility of the New York arabica coffee market continue, which is an uncertainty that is impacting negatively upon physical trade for the present.

The National Coffee Institute of Honduras have forecasted that with a larger new crop developing, that they foresee exports for the forthcoming October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year to rise by 14.5% over the present coffee year.   These exports they forecast shall top 4.83 million bags of fine washed arabica coffees, which shall maintain the country’s dominant status within the Mexican and Central American producer bloc, while such a forecast would indicate expectations for a new crop that shall be close to 17% larger than the past crop and to exceed 5 million bags and thus, well above the earlier forecasts for a new crop of around 4.6 million bags.

This positive production forecast follows improved production reports from Nicaragua, where private industry players and based on this years exports are not talking of the past crop having been 12.5% larger than expectations, to total 1.8 million bags.  This positive result is now being estimated by many private trade and industry player, to be followed by a marginally larger new crop of between 1.9 million and 2 million bags.  

Neighbouring Costa Rica does not so far forecast any improvement for their new crop, which they estimate shall remain similar to the past crop of 1.5 million bags, but the rest of this leading fine washed arabica coffee producer bloc are forecasting much improved output for the new crop.   In this respect El Salvador are talking in terms of a 29% larger crop, Guatemala are talking in terms of a close to 10% larger new crop, while Mexico has expectations of a close to 5% larger new crop.

These forecasts added to the prospects for increased production for the new coffee year from Colombia, shall add over 2 million bags of fine washed arabica coffee supply for the period and therefore have to be seen to be somewhat bearish for the related New York market, where despite the past two years of dismal Roya or Leaf Rust affected crops, the combination of Mexico and Central America still contribute to 58.03% of the certified stocks.   This market presently only being supported by the uncertainty of the quality of the new rain season for the main central and southern coffee districts of Brazil, which produce the country’s arabica coffees.

Physical coffee trade this week continued to be lacklustre and thin, as the relatively well stocked consumer industry players are reluctant to believe in the present price trading range of the markets that is vulnerable to the possibility of good rainfall reports from Brazil, which is more of a possibility than poor rainfall reports.  Thus one might think that should the former possibility of good rains come to the market in the coming weeks, there might well be some good volume winter roasting season catch up physical coffee trade coming into play.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 94.12 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 51.63% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 2,100 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,382,979 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 2,750 bags increase to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 28,664 bags.

The commodity markets yesterday were once again on the back foot, with the strong U.S. dollar and prospects for softer demand from China impacting upon sentiment.   The Natural Gas, Sugar and Gold markets showed some buoyancy, while the Oil, Cocoa, Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Orange Juice, Wheat, Corn, Soybean and Silver markets had a softer day’s trade.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.67% lower; to see this Index registered at 487.01.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar maintaining its muscle and trading at 1.631 to Sterling and 1.274 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is showing a degree of buoyancy in early trade and is selling at $ 95.45 per barrel.

The London market and New York markets both started the day yesterday with some early follow through buoyancy, in thin and hesitant trade.   This was however short lived as the afternoon’s trade brought with it some more aggressive selling pressure and with the volumes of trade picking up, both market moved into negative territory and with sell stops being triggered, the losses were accentuated.   There was however some buying support coming forth at the lows of the markets and both markets made some degree of recovery to take a softer sideways track through to the close.   The London market ended the day on a soft note, having recovered 53.3% of the earlier losses of the day by the close, while the New York market ended the day on a soft note and with 70.5% of the earlier losses of the day intact.    This overall soft close but with some degree of later in the day recovery ahead of it, is likely to set the markets for a cautious and hesitant near to steady start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                  
SEP      1948 – 25                                                         
NOV     1944 – 21                                                DEC     182.30 – 6.80
JAN      1957 – 22                                                MAR    186.50 – 6.75
MAR     1970 – 22                                                MAY    188.95 – 6.75
MAY     1982 – 23                                                 JUL    190.50 – 6.65
JUL      1994 – 23                                                SEP     191.05 – 6.60
SEP      1996 – 28                                                DEC     191.50 – 6.50
NOV     2002 – 28                                                MAR     192.00 – 6.40
JAN      2008 – 28                                                MAY     192.45 – 6.50
MAR     1981 – 29                                                 JUL     192.90 – 6.55

25th. September, 2014.
Yesterday saw the New York market lead the way to a technical rally that was accentuated by a lack of producer selling, which is to a degree likewise accentuated by a lack of consumer market buying interest.  Thus with the lacklustre nature of the physical coffee markets that are is in the doldrums of well stocked consumer markets and uncertainty over the prospects for the new Brazil rain season and its influence upon the next 2015 Brazil crop, the funds and speculative sector of the market followed the charts north.

This issue of Brazil weather had of course been expected to maintain volatility for the more related New York arabica coffee market as it has been the Brazil central arabica coffee districts that suffered during the partial drought in the first quarter of this year, for most of the last quarter of this year and it was perhaps not unexpected to see the market have this knee jerk reaction yesterday, as the market is fuelled by buy and sell stops.   Yesterday being one where following the earlier in the week reports from Brazil that the nearby rains might not be as good in volume as had earlier been predicted, the technical buy stops and accompanied by some industry stop loss buy stops, dominated the market direction.

This move yesterday adding 4.53% to the value of the New York market for the day and with the London market hanging onto its coat tails, this latter market added 1.87% to its value for the day.    Meanwhile following some days of the New York market threatening to break south out to the prevailing trading range, the market and with London following suit, has firmly returned into the pre Brazil rain season range.

Aside from these issues of Brazil, there remains no other supportive producer news for the markets in play, as on the contrary, most of the news is in fact relatively bearish in nature.   The Colombian crop is forecasted larger for the coming year, the overall Mexican and Central American crops are forecasted larger for the coming year, the Indonesian crop is forecasted larger for the coming year, the Indian crop is forecasted larger for the coming year and the Vietnam crop aside from their questionable Coffee and Cocoa Association report, is forecasted to be steady for the coming year.   Thus one sits with the markets completely in the hands of Brazil weather that is of course not a new scenario, as this country by its sheer dominance in terms of usually around 36% of world production and likewise in excess of 30% of consumer market supply, has always been the major driving force of market sentiment.

There was little in the way of producer news yesterday other than the report that the Cameroon’s robusta coffee exports up to the end of August and therefore for the first nine months of their December 2013 to November 2014 robusta coffee year were 35,233 bags or 15.26% higher than the same period in the previous coffee year, at 260,833 bags.   Meanwhile in terms of the countries smaller arabica coffee production that works on a more conventional October to September coffee year, their arabica coffee exports for the first eleven months of the present October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year are 9,400 bags or 22.44% lower than the same period in the previous coffee year, at a total of 32,483 bags.

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 99.97 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 52.87% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 8,249 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,380,879 bags.   There was meanwhile a same in volume 8,249 bags increase to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 31,414 bags.

The commodity markets tended to steady yesterday, following some days of a downside drift.   The Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, Cocoa, Coffee, Wheat, Corn, and Soybean markets took a positive track and the Orange Juice market was steady, while the Copper, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets were marginally softer in nature.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.62% higher; to see this Index registered at 490.31.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar maintaining its muscle and trading at 1.631 to Sterling and 1.276 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is near to steady in early trade and is selling at $ 95.30 per barrel.

The London market started the day yesterday on a steady note and likewise the New York market, with the latter New York market soon picking up a degree of buoyancy.   The markets entered the afternoon with the London market maintaining its steady stance, while the New York market added to its buoyancy but taking a short term reversal to near to par, before returning to its upside track.   Later on in the day and with volumes picking up, the New York market started to add some weight and triggering buy stops to accentuate its gains, the market started on a swift and aggressive rally.   Initially the London market did not follow suit, but finally the stability of the recovery for the New York market that managed to shrug off some short term thin in volume producer price fixation and profit taking selling pressure, had its influence and the London market moved up into positive territory.   The London market continued to end the day on a positive note and with 94.7% of the gains of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a very positive note and with 92.1% of the gains of the day intact.   This very positive close and near to the highs for both markets, is likely to inspire a follow through steady start for the early trade today, but one that could be vulnerable to some producer selling and speculative profit taking if the markets do not soon add to the prices set yesterday, as follows:  

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                  
SEP      1973 + 43                                                         
NOV     1965 + 36                                               DEC     189.10 + 8.20
JAN      1979 + 36                                               MAR    193.25 + 8.20
MAR     1992 + 35                                               MAY    195.70 + 8.15
MAY     2005 + 34                                                JUL    197.15 + 8.05
JUL      2017 + 34                                               SEP     197.65 + 8.00
SEP      2024 + 33                                               DEC    198.00 + 8.00
NOV     2030 + 33                                               MAR    198.40 + 7.95
JAN      2036 + 33                                               MAY    198.95 + 8.05
MAR     2010 + 33                                                JUL    199.45 + 8.10

24th. September, 2014.
The National Export Centre of Nicaragua has reported that the country’s coffee exports for the month of August were 24,432 bags or 15.28% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 135,429 bags.   This lower performance has contributed to the country’s cumulative coffee exports for the first eleven months of the present October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year to be 221,214 bags or 11.99% lower than the same period in the previous coffee year, at a total of 1,624,015 bags.

One might comment however that in the previous coffee year that Nicaragua had relatively excessive carryover stocks from the 2011/2012 coffee year of approximately 280,000 bags above normal and that therefore, the dip in cumulative exports this year does not actually reflect such a large dip in the last harvest.   While all indications are that while the overall producer bloc of Mexico and Central America is looking to a post intense Roya infestation new crop that shall be approximately 10% larger than the last crop, that Nicaragua shall not bring in a larger new crop.

The Coffee Federation in Colombia have forecasted that the following this year’s coffee crop that they estimate shall be between 11.5 million and 12 million bags and most likely the higher figure, that they forecast the crop in 2015 to rise to 13 million bags.  This forecast that to most within the industry would seem to be realistic if of course with unforeseen weather problems aside, but so far there would seem to be no reason for concern for the longer term weather prospects for Colombia.   Making note in this respect, that the possibility of a mild El Nino phenomenon in the Pacific and somewhat drier weather for Colombia, would nevertheless bring enough rain and would in fact be beneficial in terms of modestly drier weather being conducive for less intensity in Roya or Leaf Rust problems for the farms.

With the new and mostly robusta coffee crop due to start in three to four weeks’ time in Vietnam, the Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association have forecast that this new crop shall decline to a more modest 25 million bags, due to aging trees and excessive rains in some districts in the past few months.    This lower crop forecast is however somewhat questionable, as the association has traditionally preceded their new crops with similar dismal forecasts, which have traditionally proved to be unfounded.

Contrary to this somewhat official new crop forecast from Vietnam, the private trade and industry forecasts vary between 27 million to 28.5 million bags and with some even talking the number higher.   Thus for the present and the reaction within the related London robusta coffee market to this report yesterday would so indicate, the report has had not been able to buoy speculative spirits for the robusta coffee prices.  

Meanwhile even though traditionally the new crop harvest starts in the middle of October with the end to the rain season, there are many farmers who are forecasting that the dry season might come a little later and that the new crop harvest might not start to come into play in force until November.   This factor supporting a degree of price resistance within the internal market in Vietnam for the remaining and dwindling past crop coffee stocks, but to a degree this price resistance is also related to the soft nature of the reference prices of the London robusta coffee market.

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 93.40 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 51.63% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 4,875 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,389,128 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 10,525 bags increase to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 23,165 bags.

The commodity markets continue to struggle yesterday and with the overall macro commodity index remaining somewhat negative, with the markets having to work with a relatively steady to firm U.S. dollar.  The U.S. Oil, Sugar, New York arabica Coffee, Cotton, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had a day of buoyancy, while the Brent Oil, Natural Gas, Cocoa, London robusta Coffee, Copper, Orange Juice, Wheat, Corn and Soybean markets had a softer day’s trade.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.16% lower; to see this Index registered at 487.30.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar near to steady and trading at 1.639 to Sterling and 1.285 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and is selling at $ 95.30 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day yesterday showing a degree of buoyancy in thin and lacklustre trade, which continued into the afternoon, when the London market started to falter while the New York market continued to add some more weight and set something of a rally.   This rally in New York was however short lived and while the London market headed south the New York market started to shed its gains and only show relatively modest buoyancy.   The London market continued to end the day on a soft note and with 63.6% of the losses of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a modestly positive note and with only 28% of the earlier in the day’s gains intact.   This relatively shaky close is unlikely to inspire and one might expect little better than a steady start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                  
SEP      1930 unch                                                        
NOV     1929 – 7                                                  DEC     180.90 + 1.50
JAN      1943 – 8                                                  MAR    185.05 + 1.50
MAR     1957 – 7                                                  MAY    187.55 + 1.55
MAY     1971 – 7                                                   JUL     189.10 + 1.55
JUL      1983 – 7                                                   SEP     189.65 + 1.45
SEP      1991 – 7                                                  DEC     190.00 + 1.45
NOV     1997 – 7                                                  MAR     190.45 + 1.40
JAN      2003 – 7                                                  MAY     190.90 + 1.45
MAR     1977 – 7                                                   JUL     191.35 + 1.40

23rd. September, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the London robusta coffee market has seen the Non Commercial speculative sector of this market decrease their net long position within this market by 12.62% during the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 16th. September;  to register a net long position of 27,111 Lots on the day.  This net long which is the equivalent of 4,518,500 bags has most likely been marginally reduced during the period of mixed but overall negative trade, which has since followed.

The Global Commodity Weather Group have confirmed scattered showers over many of the main south and central coffee districts in Brazil which shall start triggering flowering for the new crop, with further rain showers due for the second half of this week and more than likely to follow on during next week.    These flowerings shall require reasonable follow on rains for the coming month to set the new prospects for the next 2015 crop, which medium to long term weather forecasts so far, indicate shall be the case.    Thus for the present, the issues of rain in Brazil are not playing a part in terms of speculative market sentiment that is presently taking as wait and see stance.

The Uganda Coffee Development Authority have reported that the country’s coffee exports for the month of August were 50,305 bags or 15.8% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 268,033 bags.    This dip in exports for the month has contributed to the countries cumulative exports for the first eleven months of the present October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year being 62,521 bags or 1.86% lower than the same period in the previous coffee year, at a still good total of 3,295,807 bags.    

These exports from Uganda that are made up from an approximate ratio of 78 to 22 robusta and arabica coffees, continues to maintain Uganda’s status as Africa’s leading coffee exporter in volume, but it topped in terms of value by the Ethiopian exports that are related to 100% higher value arabica coffees.   The country is nevertheless on a steady growth curve and with a host of state and private farm assistance programs in play, which are supporting new plantings and improve farm inputs, to further grow the Uganda coffee industry.   An industry that further benefits from the free market policy of the state, which results in the farmers being able to quickly achieve the full financial benefits from their coffee sales, to further encourage their investment in coffee production.

The new and potentially large Colombian main crop is starting in the coming weeks and to be followed soon after, but the start of the new and larger Mexican and Central American crops.    Thus one can expect a good attendance at the Latin American focused Speciality Coffee Fair that is due to take place in Medellin Colombia from the 2nd. to 5th. October.   Including many traders coming in from the developed markets of North America, Europe and Japan, as they focus on the prospect of their purchases of new crop fine washed arabica coffees from Latin America for the coming year.

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 95.73 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 52.15% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 2,475 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,394,003 bags.   There was meanwhile a similar in volume 1,925 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 12,640 bags.

The commodity markets continue to struggle with the prospects of slower but nevertheless still good growth in China and dismal growth in the Euro zone tending to dampen some spirits, as does the renewed muscle of the U.S. dollar continue to impact upon most of the markets.   The better than expected PMI index figures from China are however positive and might well assist towards a degree of stability, following the recent steady decline of the macro commodity index.  The Natural Gas, Cocoa, New York arabica Coffee, Orange Juice, Wheat and Gold markets had a day of buoyancy and particularly the Ebola threat influenced Cocoa Market, while the London robusta Coffee market was close to steady and the Oil, Cotton, Copper, Corn, Soybean, Silver and Platinum markets tended softer for the day.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.25% lower; to see this Index registered at 488.07.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar near to steady and trading at 1.637 to Sterling and 1.285 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and is selling at $ 95.85 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day yesterday registering thin and hesitant trade and taking a softer stance which carried through into the afternoon, when the New York market regained some cautious buoyancy and with the lack of volume of producer selling in the market, assisting to bring in a degree of cautious stability.   There was a short bout of selling that did however come into play as the afternoon progressed to take the New York back into negative territory and with the London market losing some more weight, but this was short lived for the more volatile New York market which soon started back on an upside track and with the London market sporting a late in the day partial recovery.  The London market continued to end the day on a modestly softer note and having recovered 75% of the earlier losses of the day, while the New York market ended the day on a positive note and with 75.7% of the gains of the day intact.  This overall steady to positive close is likely to inspire a follow through steady but slow start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                  
SEP      1930 unch                                                        
NOV     1936 – 4                                                  DEC     179.40 + 1.40
JAN      1951 – 2                                                 MAR     183.55 + 1.35
MAR     1964 – 2                                                 MAY     186.00 + 1.35
MAY     1978 – 2                                                  JUL     187.55 + 1.30
JUL      1990 – 2                                                  SEP     188.20 + 1.35
SEP      1998 – 2                                                 DEC     188.55 + 1.35
NOV     2004 – 2                                                 MAR     189.05 + 1.35
JAN      2010 – 2                                                 MAY     189.45 + 1.25
MAR     1984 – 2                                                  JUL     189.95 + 1.30

22nd. September, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the washed arabica coffee New York market has seen the shorter term in nature Managed Money Fund sector of the market decrease their net long position within this market by 16.18% in the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 16th. September;  to register a net long position of 36,691 Lots on the day.  Over the same period the longer term in nature and steadier Index Fund sector of this market increased their net long position within the market by 1.22%, to register a net long on the day of 46,294 Lots.

During this same week of trade the Non Commercial Speculative sector of the market decreased their net long position within the market by 20.13%, to register a net long of 26,986 lots on the day.   This net long position that is the equivalent of 7,650,411 bags has most likely been further decreased over the period of overall softer trade that has since followed and likewise, the net long position of the Managed Money Funds.

The firmer nature of the U.S. dollar is having its impact upon commodity markets in general, but in terms of the coffee markets that are weighted in terms of influence towards the more volatile New York arabica coffee market the combination of the prospects for a normal rain season in Brazil that is dampening speculative concerns for the next 2015 crop and the weaker Brazil real that is encouraging internal market sales and the negative effects of price fixation hedge selling, is impacting negatively upon the market.    The issue of the quality of the new rain season is of course still to be determined and remains until such time as the rains are actually forthcoming in good volume a factor that can still be market supportive, but the steady selling within Brazil of the combination of both past crop and new crop stocks does make one question if the farmers new rains aside, truly believe in the earlier reports that the trees were damaged to a degree that they shall impact severely upon the prospects for the next arabica coffee crop.

One would comment that with the sophisticated nature of the Brazil farming community, that if the farmers believed that there was rain aside good reason to forecast that the next 2015 arabica coffee crop shall be a very modest deficit crop and therefore giving them two years to sell their stocks, they would not be so aggressive in their selling activities.   Rather that they would be showing price resistance towards the countries exporters, which would manifest itself in firming differentials for new business, which is not really the case at present.

There is meanwhile little in the way of concern over medium to longer term robusta coffee supply, with the prospects for a large new Vietnam crop eliminating the ability of the internal markets in Vietnam, Indonesia and the African robusta producers to show price resistance.   Thus allowing for the softening London market to follow the New York market into softer territory last week and continuing offering the price sensitive consumer roasters good discounts to encourage the use wherever possible, of robusta coffees in their blends.   Making note that the surging market share that is being gained by the capsule sector of the developed consumer markets is conducive to the increased percentage usage of robusta coffees, as the extraction process of these capsule machines are somewhat friendly towards the robusta coffees.    

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed on Friday to register this at 90.00 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 50.56% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 1,165 bags on Friday, to register these stocks at 2,391,528 bags.   There was meanwhile a similar in volume 1,285 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 14,565 bags.

The commodity markets ended the week on an overall softer note and with the macro commodity index losing its way, with the firmer nature of the U.S. dollar assisting to dampen spirits within many markets with the exception of the Cocoa markets, where speculators fear the Ebola problems in West Africa might disrupt internal market trade and delivery.   The Brent Oil did however buck the negative trend and show buoyancy, while the Cocoa market surge, but with the U.S. Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Orange Juice, Wheat, Corn, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had a softer day’s trade.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.86% lower; to see this Index registered at 489.29.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.634 to Sterling and 1.286 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending softer in early trade and is selling at $ 96.90 per barrel.

The London market opened the day on Friday taking a soft stance in early trade, but with the New York market showing some modest buoyancy in thin trade.    The London market recovered some of its losses in the early afternoon, while the New York market retained its modest buoyancy, but with the New York market starting to lose its way as volume picked up during the afternoon and finally joining the London market in negative territory.   The New York market with the negative effects of the macro commodity index playing its part and joined by producer price fixation hedge selling triggered short term speculative sell stops which extended its losses, but tending to bounce off the lows as the day progressed.   The London market continued to end the day on as soft note and with 55.3% of the earlier losses of the day intact, while the New York market likewise ended the day on a soft note and with 66.7% of the earlier in the day’s losses intact.    This overall soft close is unlikely to inspire much better than a steady start for early trade today against the prices set on Friday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                  
SEP      1930 – 36                                                         
NOV     1940 – 21                                                DEC     178.00 – 3.20
JAN      1953 – 21                                                MAR    182.20 – 3.15
MAR     1966 – 20                                                MAY    184.65 – 3.15
MAY     1980 – 16                                                 JUL    186.25 – 3.15
JUL      1992 – 13                                                 SEP    186.85 – 3.05
SEP      2000 – 12                                                DEC    187.20 – 3.15
NOV     2007 – 12                                                MAR    187.70 – 3.10
JAN      2012 – 10                                                MAY    188.20 – 3.10
MAR     1986 – 10                                                 JUL    188.65 – 3.15

19th. September, 2014.
Brazil somewhat rained on the market yesterday, with the forecasts for rain showers due over the weekend for the main arabica coffee districts and followed by more rains for later next week, dampened many speculative spirits within the market.   But more damaging for speculative confidence was the longer term forecast by the respected Brazilian meteorologists Somar, that rainfall for the spring and summer rainfall season is likely to be above average.   

The most noticeable factor in the coffee markets is the lacklustre nature of trade that prevails and at a time when the markets would traditionally be showing some early winter roasting season aggression, which is indicative of the suspicion on the part of many of the consumer market industry that the inherent damage done the partial drought early in the year to the coffee trees in the main central arabica coffee districts in Brazil, might not be as bad as many have been suggesting.   Therefore taking the stance that so long as the rains are normal for the coming spring and summer rain season for the country, that the 2015 crop shall not be severely threatened and with the combination of both the past months of free selling activity on the part of Brazils farmers who should know best and the latest weather forecasts, tending to support their reluctance to support the markets.   

The largely reported smaller coffee crops in Indonesia this year have been further illustrated by the coffee exports for the first six months of this year, as reported by Bank Indonesia.    They have in this respect, reported that the coffee exports for the first six months of the year were 27.65% lower than the same period in the previous year, at a total of close to 2.62 million bags.  

If one is to loosely apply the same discount figure to the annual export figure and with the Bank Indonesia exports for 2013 having been pegged at 8.85 million bags, it would indicate that the country’s coffee export potential for 2014 shall not exceed 6.4 million bags.   This figure would even seem a little high, as the indications from many private trade and industry players are already talking figures that might not be much more than 5 million bags.

Nevertheless with the weather conditions so far, all indications are for the coffee crops in Indonesia to recover for next year, which should likewise see their coffee exports improve by at a guess around 2 million bags of the coming year.   These exports of between 7.5 million to 8 million bags related to an approximate 81 to 19 ratio of robusta and arabica coffees.

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 92.25 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 50.91% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 2,945 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,390,363 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 5,080 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 15,850 bags.

The Certified Robusta coffee stocks held against the London market were seen to increase by 163,833 bags in the two weeks of trade leading up to Monday 15th. September, to register these stocks at 1,615,500 bags.   These stocks with the free flow of robusta coffees still coming to the market and due to continue post the large new Vietnam crop, likely to steadily increase over the coming months.     

The commodity markets had another soft day yesterday; with the strong U.S. dollar continuing to dampen sprits within many markets, as does the prospects of slower growth in China contribute degree of lack of confidence.   The Cocoa and Orange Juice markets took a positive stance for the day and the north sea Oil and Corn markets were steady, while the U.S. Oil, Natural Gas, Sugar, Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Wheat, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had a softer day’s trade.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 1.04% lower; to see this Index registered at 493.54.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar near to steady and trading at 1.645 to Sterling and 1.291 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and is selling at $ 97.30 per barrel.

The London market opened the day yesterday tending softer, while the New York market showed some modest buoyancy and this remained the track into the afternoon.   Trade was however near to dormant and the London market was eventually joined within negative territory by the New York market, which picked up a little in volume and to take the market on a downside track.    Both the markets lacked volume, while with Brazil weather playing its part and along with the soft nature of the macro commodity index having an influence, never recovered and ended the day on a soft note and close to the lows of the day.    This overall soft close is unlikely to inspire confidence and one would think shall see the market experiencing some follow through softness for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                  
SEP      1966 + 10                                                           
NOV     1961 – 16                                               DEC     181.20 – 3.65
JAN      1974 – 16                                               MAR    185.35 – 3.65
MAR     1986 – 14                                               MAY    187.80 – 3.60
MAY     1996 – 12                                                JUL    189.40 – 3.55
JUL      2005 – 11                                                SEP    189.90 – 3.55
SEP      2012 – 11                                               DEC    190.35 – 3.45
NOV     2019 – 12                                               MAR    190.80 – 3.40
JAN      2022 – 16                                               MAY    191.30 – 3.40
MAR     1996 – 17                                                JUL    191.80 – 3.40

18th. September, 2014.
The markets were devoid of fundamental news yesterday, with all main producer blocs with the exception of Brazil presently looking to rising coffee supply for the coming year and forwarding nothing in the way so far, of threatening weather forecasts.   This aside from the strong chance of a new El Nino developing within the Pacific Ocean in the coming months, but foreseen so long as it is only a mild one, to not cause a severe drought for the Pacific rim coffee countries.

Thus with a lack of market supportive news forthcoming from the majority of the producer blocs the focus remains on the forthcoming Brazil rain season and its influence over the next 2015 crop and with the somewhat exhausted speculative sector of the markets, waiting for some defining news with these forthcoming rains.  So far there are forecasts for rain showers in the coming days and on the medium terms, bouts of rain due during the coming month, but nothing extreme or persistent and one might expect that there shall be dry weather fears voiced from time to time over the next five to six weeks, albeit that some might be market manipulative in nature.

The possibility of such reports could perhaps be foreseen to be market supportive and with this in mind, the probability is that there is little likelihood for any market selloff dramatic dip in value and that the markets could hold within their present trading range, with prices presently tending towards the lower side of this range.   While with the consumer industry players presently taking a wait and see and almost hand to mouth buying stance, one might think that there is much more buying to come during the forthcoming higher volume winter season and therefore, an industry support factor to step in and counter any speculative dips in value.

One might question however what might happen should the Brazil rain season prove to be normal and conducive for a reasonable crop for Brazil next year, what shall be the effect upon the markets by the first quarter of next year and by when there shall be a flood of new crop coffees coming to the markets from Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Vietnam, India and East Africa.   This might well start to put some pressure upon the markets, which would perhaps start to dampen speculative spirits as investors look to alternative investments to coffee.

Overall however and with a Brazil dictated overall deficit coffee supply for the coming coffee year and despite a flat European market consumption, the modest steady growth in consumption in North America and the more impressive growth in consumption within the developing Asian markets the longer term perspective is modestly positive for the longer term markets.   Thus one might expect that even if there are no supportive weather issues forthcoming from Brazil, that there is little chance for more than a modest longer term negative correction to come with good weather reports from Brazil.

One might further comment in terms of sustainability of longer term coffee supply, that the present value of the coffee markets is in terms of the overall steadily rising costs of production for the majority of the producers, a relatively realistic value.   With such value necessary if the markets are to inspire the continued growth in overall production on the longer term, which shall be necessary to fuel the prevailing steady growth in world consumption.  

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 95.17 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 51.48% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 1,605 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,387,418 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 4,400 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 20,930 bags.   

The commodity markets were mixed but mostly lacklustre in trade yesterday, with the muscle being shown by the U.S. dollar for the present, tending to create something of a ceiling within many markets.   While many players were focused on the prospects for last night’s announcements from the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank which as had been predicted, came forth with a dollar supportive hint at rising U.S. dollar interest rates by the second quarter of next year.   The Natural Gas, Sugar, Cocoa, Cotton, Wheat and Soybean markets had a day of buoyancy, while the Oil, Coffee, Copper, Orange Juice, Corn, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had a softer day’s trade.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.01% higher; to see this Index registered at 498.72.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.631 to Sterling and 1.286 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is steady in early trade and is selling at $ 97.10 per barrel.

The London market opened the day yesterday on a steady note, but with the New York market coming under a little bit of pressure in thin trade.   The afternoon saw the London market join the New York market in negative territory and with the markets remaining below par, while taking something of a sideways track.    There remained uncertainty within the markets and with the inability of the markets to sustain some modest recoveries, the markets drifted into a softer close.     The London market ended the day marginally softer and with 61.5% of the losses of the day intact, as did the New York market likewise end on a marginally softer note but having recovered 81.4% of the earlier losses of the day by the close.    The sideways nature of the markets yesterday and the relatively steady end to the day for the more volatile New York market might suggest something of a steady start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                  
SEP      1956 – 8                                                 SEP     180.65 + 0.05
NOV     1977 – 8                                                 DEC     184.85 – 0.40
JAN      1990 – 7                                                 MAR    189.00 – 0.35
MAR     2000 – 7                                                 MAY    191.40 – 0.40
MAY     2008 – 9                                                  JUL     192.95 – 0.40
JUL      2016 – 10                                                SEP     193.45 – 0.45
SEP      2023 – 11                                               DEC     193.80 – 0.30
NOV     2031 – 11                                               MAR     194.20 – 0.30
JAN      2038 – 11                                               MAY     194.70 – 0.30
MAR     2013 – 11                                                JUL     195.20 – 0.30

17th. September, 2014.
The official Brazil Agricultural Ministry Crop Supply Agency (CONAB) have raised their just coming to completion new crop figure, to a surprising for this traditionally conservative body, figure of 45.14 million bags.  But what is perhaps more surprising in their figure for the conilon robusta coffees remains a relatively modest 13.03 million bags, which is 4.2 million to 4.47 million bags lower than most other qualified and respected private trade and industry reports.   The report nevertheless hit the streets at face value and the 45.14 million bags new crop figure did prove to inspire some speculative interest and the resulting buoyancy for the New York market, which had spent the morning and early afternoon in the doldrums of negative lacklustre thin trade.

One might comment that if one is to take the normally conservative CONAB report for a new arabica crop of 32.11 million bags and add the largely accepted new conilon robusta coffee crop figure of at least 17 million bags, this latest official report would indicate reality to the more ambitious of the private trade and industry reports, that still talk of a new crop of in excess of 50 million bags.   While this adjusted for the conilon factor report, is already in agreement of the many reports at close to 49 million bags, which have been forwarded to the market.   Thus one can in terms of some of the earlier scare stories that have fuelled the speculative bulls within the market, see this latest CONAB report to be somewhat bearish on the longer term for market sentiment, albeit that in reality the real factor now remains the forthcoming rains rather than the size of this year’s crop.

With a carryover stock into the new Brazil crop this year of at least 12 million bags and with a new crop that is more and more looking like being in excess of 49 million bags, one has to see a 61 million bags Brazil coffee supply as against at the very highest a 55 million bags demand, to provide with a potential carry over stock of 6 million bags into the new 2015 crop, something of an insurance factor for next year’s crop.   So long as the rains are reasonable for the rest of this year and the first quarter of the coming year, the resulting new crop needs only to be something in the order of 52 million bags plus, to ensure steady Brazil coffee supply through to July 2016.   

The combination of rising winter roasting season demand within the main consumer markets and the pending start of the new crop harvest in Vietnam, has seen internal sales of past crop stocks starting to get a little more aggressive in the country.   Presumably as farmers and internal traders are keen to make space for the new crop coffees, which are expected to come forth in similar good volumes as was experienced for the previous crop. This has inspired traders to start forecasting exports of mostly robusta coffee for this month of approximately 1.67 million bags which would if proved to be true, result in exports for this October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year of in excess of 27.3 million bags.

In terms of the physical coffee market and with the main consumer market stocks relatively high, the short to medium term focus is on the start of a large new main washed arabica coffee crop for Colombia next month and likewise a large new robusta coffee crops for Vietnam and Uganda next month, which are soon followed by the start of a larger new washed arabica coffee crop from the producer bloc of Mexico and the Central Americans.   These crops to likewise be followed by forecasted larger new crops for India and Indonesia, where production is weighted towards robusta coffees and thus, there is little in the way of panic or buying aggression in play, as the majority of the industry players take a wait and see stance towards the market and there is only lacklustre physical trade in progress for the present.

The arbitrage between the markets broadened yesterday to register this at 95.21 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 51.4% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 6,500 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,389,023 bags.   There was meanwhile a smaller in volume 4,950 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 25,330 bags.   

The commodity markets were mixed but tended to show some overall modest buoyancy yesterday, with the macro commodity index showing some modest muscle through the day.  The Oil, Natural Gas, Cocoa, Coffee, Copper, Corn, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had a day of buoyancy, while the Sugar, Cotton, Orange Juice, Wheat and Soybean markets tended softer for the day. The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.34% higher; to see this Index registered at 498.67.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.628 to Sterling and 1.295 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is showing some buoyancy in early trade and is selling at $ 97.15 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day yesterday with both markets tending marginally softer in thin early trade, which was the track that was retained into the afternoon’s trade for the New York market, but with the London market having posted a modest recovery.   The afternoon progressed with the London market remaining steady and with the New York market albeit lacking volume, finally attracting speculative support in line with a more positive macro commodity index and the added input of the CONAB report, to move back up into positive territory.   This move in New York started to trigger buy stops, to add some more volume and to accelerate the somewhat unexpected rally for the market, but to soon hit a ceiling and taper off from the highs.   The London market continued to end the day on a positive note and with 53.3% of the gains of the day intact, while the New York market end the day on a likewise positive note and with 53% of the gains of the day intact.  This positive close did however lack significant muscle and one might expect little better than a cautiously hesitant steady start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:   

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                  
SEP      1964 + 9                                                 SEP     180.60 + 3.30
NOV     1985 + 8                                                 DEC     185.25 + 3.05
JAN      1997 + 8                                                 MAR    189.35 + 3.05
MAR     2007 + 8                                                 MAY    191.80 + 3.05
MAY     2017 + 9                                                  JUL    193.35 + 2.85
JUL      2026 + 8                                                  SEP    193.90 + 2.80
SEP      2034 + 8                                                 DEC    194.10 + 2.80
NOV     2042 + 8                                                 MAR    194.50 + 2.75
JAN      2049 + 8                                                 MAY    195.00 + 2.75
MAR     2024 + 8                                                  JUL    195.50 + 2.75

16th. September, 2014.
The latest Commitment of Traders report from the London robusta coffee market has seen the Non Commercial speculative sector of this market increase their net long position within this market by 16.62% during the week of trade leading up to Tuesday 9th. September;  to register a net long position of 31,028 Lots on the day.  This net long which is the equivalent of 5,171,333 bags has most likely been marginally reduced during the period of mixed but overall negative trade, which has since followed.

The Green Coffee Association of the U.S.A. have announced that the countries port warehouse stocks decreased by a marginal 4,161 bags or 0.07% during the month of August, to register these stocks at 6,038,503 bags at the end of the month.   These stocks do not of course include the in transit bulk container coffees or the onsite roaster inventories, which with an approximate combined U.S.A. and Canadian weekly consumption that is fed by these stocks of 490,000 bags per week, would conservatively have been at least 1 million bags.  

Therefore if one is to consider the additional unreported stocks and look to end August stocks in North America of at the very least 7,038,503 bags, it would have equated to at least a very safe 14.4 weeks of roasting activity and a very safe reserve, ahead of the higher volume winter roasting season.   This substantial stock situation assisting to maintain the complacent attitude that prevails within the physical coffee trade in North America, where industry buyers maintain a wait and see attitude towards the prospects for the forthcoming spring and summer rain season in Brazil, which shall dictate the prospects for the next 2015 Brazil crop.

So far it has been an overall dry period for the main central and south Brazil, but with some rain showers forecasted for later this week and so too, for the coming week.   Therefore for the present, the situation in Brazil remains positive, in terms of the prospects for a normal start to the rain season and for the follow on flowerings for the next crop.   These rains however once they start, shall need to be regular from thereon, if the flowerings are to set and there are to be no further voices of concern towards the prospects for the follow on 2015 crop that shall need to exceed 53 million bags, so as to secure longer term steady coffee supply for the 2015/2016 coffee year.

The Vietnam Customs Authorities have reported that the countries coffee exports of mostly robusta coffees for the month of August totalled 1.63 million bags, which was 10.3% higher than the previous month.  This figure they report has seen the countries cumulative coffee exports for the first eleven months of the present October 2013 to September 2014 coffee year being 13.2% higher than the same period in the previous coffee year, at a total of 25,666,667 bags.   A figure that tends to confirm the estimates for the last crop, which many have estimated to have been close to 28 million bags and one that shall be followed with the new harvest due to start in four to five weeks’ time, by a similar in size new crop.   This is a factor that with rising robusta coffee supply due for Indonesia, India and Uganda, is proving to be somewhat bearish for sentiment within the related London robusta coffee market.  

The National Union of Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises in Uganda remain positive for an increase in coffee production and exports for the coming October 2014 to September 2015 coffee year, with a target for exports of approximately 3.6 million bags.   This they say, follows good rains for most districts during this year and unless there might be some unforeseen negative weather conditions in the coming year, the farm yields are expected to be positive.  

The arbitrage between the markets narrowed yesterday to register this at 92.52 usc/Lb., while this equates to a relatively attractive 50.78% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.   This arbitrage is continuing to inspire consumer market roaster interest in robusta coffees, which assist to take some of the bite out of the comparative firm arabica coffee prices.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to increase by 4,510 bags yesterday, to register these stocks at 2,382,523 bags.   There was meanwhile a larger in volume 6,610 bags decrease to the number of bags pending grading for the exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 30,280 bags.   

The commodity markets tended to steady yesterday, with the influential Oil markets halting their slide and tending to bring some buoyancy to the macro commodity index.  The Oil, Natural Gas, Corn, Soybean, Gold, Silver and Platinum markets had a day of buoyancy and the Cocoa market was steady, while the Sugar, Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Orange Juice and Wheat markets had a softer day’s trade.  The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is that is made up from 17 markets is 0.14% lower; to see this Index registered at 496.99.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar steady and trading at 1.622 to Sterling and 1.294 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is showing some buoyancy in early trade and is selling at $ 97.15 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day yesterday with both markets tending softer in thin early trade, which was the track that was retained into the afternoon’s trade.    There was some degree of bounce during the afternoon for both markets but not sufficient to take the markets out of their negative trading range and with both markets tending to take a sideways negative track, through the day.   The London market continued to end the day on a soft note and with 87% of the earlier losses of the day intact, while the New York market that was taking some pressure from a weak Brazil real at 2.34 to the dollar and the resulting price fixation hedge selling out of Brazil ended on a likewise soft note and with 71.2% of the losses of the day intact.   This overall soft close does little to inspire and with the industry somewhat bearish in nature at present and the prospects for rains in Brazil, one would expect to see another steady to soft start for early trade today against the prices set yesterday, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                           NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.
                                                  
SEP      1955 – 20                                               SEP     177.30 – 2.35
NOV     1977 – 20                                               DEC     182.20 – 2.35
JAN      1989 – 18                                               MAR    186.30 – 2.30
MAR     1999 – 19                                               MAY    188.75 – 2.25
MAY     2008 – 19                                                JUL    190.50 – 2.20
JUL      2018 – 18                                                SEP    191.10 – 2.20
SEP      2026 – 19                                               DEC    191.30 – 2.30
NOV     2034 – 17                                               MAR    191.75 – 2.30
JAN      2041 – 17                                               MAY    192.25 – 2.30
MAR     2016 – 17                                                JUL    192.75 – 2.30